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The top-rated hospitals for organ transplantation are being identified for the first time by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization. Hospitals with transplant programs received HealthGrades Transplant Excellence Awards if they had a statistically significantly higher three-year survival rate and a waitlist mortality that was either not significantly different than expected or was significantly lower than expected based on the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) calculations. HealthGrades Liver Transplant Excellence Award had 6 recipients out of 134 hospitals evaluated (top four percent): University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics was one of the six. HealthGrades Lung Transplant Excellence Award had 4 recipients out of 73 hospitals evaluated (top five percent): University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics was one of the four. Congratulations to our transplant teams!

Madison’s VA Hospital recently received news that the hospital ranked first (4th quarter 2009) for similar complexity facilities on a composite measure based on patient satisfaction, access to care, and quality measures. Of all VA hospitals in the nation, Madison ranked third. Specifically, adherence to CMS’s Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) performance measures were ranked exceptional. Thanks to everyone in surgery who contributed to this effort.

Research

Summer Hanson, Plastic Surgery Resident, just returned from the American Medical Association Interim Meeting in Houston, where her presentation on “Combining Adipose-derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells with Biological Scaffolds for Tissue Engineering” was named Best Basic Science Paper. Dr. Hanson collaborated with D. Heath Stacey, MD (Plastic Surgery), Kristyn Masters, PhD (BME) and Peiman Hematti, MD (Hematology). Dr. Hanson presented this last spring at the Research in Progress seminar and received helpful feedback from other scientists in the department, which speaks to the value of these inter-lab meetings.

Sam Gubbells and Peter Nichol are two of the four finalists from the UW for a Hartwell Foundation grant. This is a three year/$100,000 yr. grant. The UWSMPH is one of their top ten centers of biomedical research and they award at least ten grants from these institutions every year. They were chosen as finalists internally and will be interviewing with the president of the foundation this week.

Philanthropy

Dr. Faucher and our UW Foundation development officers (Marje Murray and Nancy Francisco-Welke) have chosen February 12, 2010 as the first Burn Unit Advisory meeting. The Foundation arranged for the chancellor’s box for the hockey game that night.

Marje Murray and Nancy Francisco-Welke will also team up with Advance Resources to present a seminar on medical philanthropy on Tuesday, March 2 from 5-9 PM at UWF. Save the date.

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