Mortality rates are a measure of how many people die while receiving care in the hospital. The University of Chicago Medicine reports risk-adjusted mortality rates in comparison to the expected mortality rates for an academic medical center such as ours. Risk-adjusted mortality rates account for the severity of illness or injury, as some hospital deaths are not preventable.
The University of Chicago Medicine consistently rates better than or near the risk-adjusted mortality rate for academic medical centers, as reported by the University HealthSystem Consortium. A score of 1.0 means the hospital's survival rate is as expected, given the severity of illness or injury of its patients.