Frank J. Sardone is responsible for overall leadership of Bronson Healthcare, southwest Michigan's leading health system. A national leader in healthcare quality, Bronson is an innovative, award-winning organization that partners with patients and families to achieve an exceptional care experience.
Bronson has been recognized nationally for excellence in patient care, its culture of excellence, its facilities and the quality of its workforce. Key organizational achievements under Sardone's leadership include: Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (2005), American Hospital Association’s Quest for Quality Prize (2009), Thomson Reuters Top 100 Hospital (2011), Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence (2009-13) and Magnet Hospital for Nursing Excellence (2009-2022).
Sardone received both a bachelor’s degree in 1979 and a Master of Business Administration in 1981 from the University of Kentucky. He joined Bronson in 1988 and assumed his current role in 1996. Also in 1996, Sardone received the Michigan ACHE Regent’s Young Healthcare Leader Award. In 2000 under his leadership, Bronson Methodist Hospital completed a $210 million redevelopment of its campus into a new, all-private room facility utilizing light, nature, art and music to foster healing. For this work, Sardone was named the 2006 recipient of the Center for Health Design’s Changemaker Award. In 2016, Bronson was awarded the Legacy Project Award from the American College of Healthcare Architects for demonstrating superior planning and excellence in design that remains of enduring significance today.
Sardone has served on the boards of numerous professional organizations including the Center for Health Design, Center for Healthcare Governance, Michigan Hospital Association (Chairman in 2009) and Michigan Hospital Association Insurance Company. Active in his community, Sardone is a board member of Southwest Michigan First; Kalamazoo Institute of Arts; Gilmore Keyboard Festival; Kalamazoo Community Foundation; Kalamazoo Promise Accountability Team; and W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. In the past, he served on the community boards of Downtown Kalamazoo, Inc., Greater Kalamazoo United Way (Chair in 2006), Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Ministry with Community, and Hospice of Greater Kalamazoo.