Cancer Quality & Safety

At UVA Cancer Center, delivering the highest-quality healthcare to our patients is our top priority. Achieving our goals for safety and excellence means working continuously to improve the care we provide. Our teams meet regularly to evaluate and improve our care.

Our nationally recognized safety and quality program, Be Safe, provides a disciplined, daily framework to see and solve problems as they arise in the course of patient care.

We believe you should have this information to help you make informed decisions about where to seek care. When choosing a healthcare team, we encourage you to ask questions about the quality of care they provide.  

Sharing information about the quality of care we provide and looking at lessons learned is an important part of developing a team focus on patient safety.

Unplanned Hospital Readmissions

One way we measure the quality of our care is through unplanned hospital readmissions. An unplanned hospital readmission means going back into the hospital is not an expected part of the patient’s medical treatment. We track the percentage of UVA Cancer Center patients with unplanned readmissions less than 30 days after being discharged from the hospital for various procedures and treatments. UVA Cancer Center takes many steps to prevent hospital readmissions, such as making sure patients are well enough to leave the hospital when they are discharged and making sure they know what to do and who to call if they feel ill.

 

Chart - Readmission Percentages for Bone Marrow Transplant Patients

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A lower number is better.

Excludes patients readmitted to the hospital for chemotherapy, radiation therapy, rehabilitation, dialysis, birth and delivery, mental illness and substance abuse.

 

Chart - Readmission percentages for Gynecologic Cancer Patients

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A lower number is better.

Excludes patients readmitted to the hospital for chemotherapy, radiation therapy, rehabilitation, dialysis, birth and delivery, mental illness and substance abuse.

 

Chart - Unplanned Readmission Percentages for Medical Cancer Patients

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A lower number is better.

Excludes patients readmitted to the hospital for chemotherapy, radiation therapy, rehabilitation, dialysis, birth and delivery, mental illness and substance abuse.

 

Chart - Unplanned Readmission Percentages for Surgical Cancer Patients

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A lower number is better.

Excludes patients readmitted to the hospital for chemotherapy, radiation therapy, rehabilitation, dialysis, birth and delivery, mental illness and substance abuse.

 

Likely to Recommend 

We use surveys to ask a sample of cancer patients chosen at random how they feel about the care they receive while in the hospital. The surveys ask patients how likely they are to recommend UVA Cancer Center to a family member or friend. To understand how we’re doing, we track the percentage of our patients who say they are highly likely to recommend UVA to family or friends. The graph shows how we compare to similar cancer centers in the United States by giving our percentile. For example, a percentile of 60 means that 60 percent of other centers scored lower than UVA and 40 percent scored higher.

Chart - Patients who highly likely to recommend UVA

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A higher number is better.