Bronson Quality Ranked Among Top Five Percent in Nation for Second Year in a Row
January 26, 2010
HealthGrades study evaluates patient outcomes at 5,000 U.S. hospitals
KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Bronson Methodist Hospital has been recognized as a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence™ in an independent study released today by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization. This is the second consecutive year that Bronson has received HealthGrades' top honor for overall clinical quality.
It is also the third major recognition Bronson has received from an independent ratings organization in the last six months, giving the hospital the most consistently high-rated quality performance of any hospital in southwest Michigan. Last July, Bronson received the 2009 American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize awarded annually to only one U.S. hospital, and in August joined the top five percent of hospitals in the nation to be designated a Magnet Hospital for Nursing Excellence.
HealthGrades 2010 study of quality at the nation's nearly 5,000 nonfederal hospitals places Bronson among 269 hospitals performing in the top five percent for their clinical quality across more than two dozen procedures and diagnoses. The study estimates that 150,132 lives could have been saved and 13,104 complications avoided over the three years studied if all Medicare patients were treated at hospitals like Bronson. The study also shows that the Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence™ are improving patient outcomes at a faster rate, reflecting a commitment to quality that stands as a model for all other hospitals.
"This recognition serves as great validation of the work of our physician partners and staff, but more importantly it helps direct patients to the hospitals where they can get the best possible care," said Bronson President and CEO, Frank Sardone. "Studies like these single out the hospitals in the nation that in numerous studies over multiple years, are consistently delivering optimal care. That's what we strive for at Bronson, and we are honored to have the HealthGrades research confirm our results."
For this study, HealthGrades analyzed approximately 40 million Medicare hospitalization records that cover the latest three-year period, from 2006 to 2008. Because the hospitalization records come from the federal government, no hospital can opt in or out of HealthGrades' rating process. The analysis is risk-adjusted to account for differences in patient populations between hospitals.
"Our data show that only a select few hospitals achieve high-quality patient outcomes not just in a few categories of care, but across the board and over time," said Rick May, M.D., HealthGrades vice president and an author of the study. "Patients in communities with a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence should feel proud of the hospital's accomplishments, and confident that the level of care there is among the very best in the nation."
Last October, a separate HealthGrades study named Bronson the best hospital in southwest Michigan for joint replacement and spine surgery and awarded it five-star ratings for: total knee replacement surgery, total hip replacement surgery, back and neck surgery with spinal fusion, treatment of heart failure, treatment of gastrointestinal bleed, treatment of bowel obstruction, pneumonia treatment, treatment of chronic obstruction pulmonary disease, treatment of sepsis, and prostatectomy.
HealthGrades' methodology for this eight annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality and Clinical Excellence study can be found in the study and on the company's Web site.
Annually, Bronson provides $75 million in community benefits through outreach and charitable care for the un- and under-insured. It also serves the largest percentage of Medicaid patients of any major hospital facility outside of the Detroit/southeast Michigan area.