Bronson Methodist Hospital Quality & Service Awards
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Bronson Methodist Hospital Quality & Service Awards

The Leapfrog Group – ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade™ (Spring 2022)
Bronson Methodist Hospital was in the top one-third of hospitals in the United States and awarded an ‘A’ grade in Spring 2022 for protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. To see scores and compare performance with others, visit

Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital from Fortune and IBM® Watson Health® (2021, 2022)
An independent study by Fortune and IBM® Watson Health® named Bronson Methodist Hospital as one of the nation’s leading cardiovascular hospitals. Compared to similar U.S. cardiovascular hospitals, Bronson Methodist Hospital was recognized as having better results in clinical outcomes, clinical processes, operational efficiency and financial performance across four major cardiac conditions which include acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), coronary artery bypass graft (heart surgery), percutaneous coronary intervention (cardiac catheterization) and heart failure.

Quality Ratings from Healthgrades (2003-2020)
According to Healthgrades 2020 Report to the Nation, Bronson Methodist Hospital has achieved five-star quality ratings for: total hip replacement, treatment of pneumonia, small intestine surgeries, colorectal surgeries, treatment of sepsis, and treatment of respiratory failure. Patients treated at hospitals receiving a 5-star rating have a 49% lower risk of dying and a 59% lower risk of experiencing complications during a hospital stay than if they were treated at a hospital receiving a 1-star rating.

Outstanding Patient Experience Award from Healthgrades (2009-2020)
Bronson Methodist Hospital is a recipient of the Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Awardfor being among the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide for patient experience. The award is based on patients’ responses to survey questions from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services about the care they received in the hospital.

Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence from Healthgrades (2009-2013, 2016)

This recognition from Healthgrades places Bronson Methodist Hospital among the top five percent of hospitals in the nation for overall clinical performance. Bronson is the only hospital in southwest Michigan to achieve this honor and is one of only 260 hospitals in the nation selected for achieving overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of care for 32 common inpatient conditions and procedures.

Joint Commission Core Certifications Awarded for Hip and Knee Replacement (2018)
Bronson Methodist Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Core Hip and Knee Replacement which demonstrates the organization’s commitment to a higher standard of clinical service.

NRC Health Top 100 Consumer Loyalty Award (2018-2019)
Bronson Methodist Hospital has been on the NRC Health Top 100 Consumer Loyalty list for two years based on achieving high scores in seven different critical aspects of patient and consumer loyalty. The Top 100 hospitals are identified by results from a nationally syndicated Market Insights study which surveys more than 310,000 households across the country.

Consumer Choice Award (2003-2016)
Bronson Methodist Hospital is named by consumers in the National Research Corporation (NRC) survey as the best hospital in the Kalamazoo area. The selection is based on best overall quality, best image/reputation, best doctors and best nurses.

Beacon Award for Excellence, silver level (2017)
Bronson Methodist Hospital's silver-level award recognizes Medical Intensive Care Unit caregivers for successfully improving patient outcomes while maintaining a healthy work environment. Only hospital units where patients receive their principal nursing care after hospital admission qualify for this designation which is awarded for a three-year term at the bronze, silver or gold level.

Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)
Bronson Methodist Hospital is proud to be among the hospitals recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) Get With The Guidelines™ Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for our excellence in improving outcomes for stroke patients. Prior to this achievement, Bronson Methodist Hospital received the AHA/ASA Get With The Guidelines™ Gold Performance Award and Silver Performance Award.

Target Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus (2022)
Bronson Methodist Hospital has earned American Heart Association/American Stroke Associate's (AHA/ASA) Target: Stroke honor roll designation for meeting a specific Get With The Guidelines™ achievement level and having 75% or more patients who need clot-busting drugs get them within 45 minutes of arriving at the hospital (50% or more of patients who need clot-busting drugs get them within 30 minutes). Research shows stroke patients who are assessed, diagnosed and get clot-busting drugs as soon as determined eligible have significantly better outcomes and reduced long-term disability. This designation was received after having achieved Target Stroke Honor Roll Elite the previous four years (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021).

MedSun Certificate for Outstanding Contribution in Promoting Patient Safety With Medical Devices (2014, 2016 - 2018, 2020)
Bronson Methodist Hospital is recognized for quality control that positively impacts patients on a national level. These certificates were awarded by the Food and Drug Association, Center for Devices and Radiological Health and MedSun Patient Safety Staff.

Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospital (2013)
Bronson Methodist Hospital is among the top two percent of hospitals in the nation for overall clinical excellence. Healthgrades determines the nation’s best performing hospitals based on objective measures of clinical quality at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide. While many hospitals have specific areas of expertise and high-quality outcomes, only a select few like Bronson exhibit comprehensive high-quality care over a long period of time.

100 Hospitals With Great Heart Programs (2014)
Becker's Hospital Review selected Bronson Methodist Hospital as one of the 100 Hospitals with Great Heart Programs based on recognition for quality care, clinical awards and research contributions to cardiovascular care.

Blue Distinction Center+ for Spine SurgerySM (2014)

Blue Distinction Center+ for Knee and Hip ReplacementSM (2014)

Blue Distinction Center+ for Cardiac CareSM (2014)
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network have designated Bronson Methodist Hospital as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Spine Surgery, a Blue Distinction Center+ for Knee and Hip Replacement, and a Blue Distinction Center+ for Cardiac Care. The Blue Distinction program helps consumers select healthcare facilities that provide high quality performance and better care for patients on a consistent basis. Bronson’s Spine Surgery, Knee and Hip Replacement and Cardiac services all demonstrate top quality with a full range of accredited services, experienced surgeons, excellent management programs, streamlined care, shared decision-making with patients and patient education before surgery.

Becker's Hospital Review ‘100 Great Hospitals’ (2012-2013)
Becker's Hospital Review selects recipients based on an analysis of hospital performance data from sources including U.S. News & World Report, Truven Health Analytics' 100 Top Hospitals, Healthgrades, Magnet Recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the Studer Group and the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program.

Healthgrades Emergency Medicine Excellence Award™ (2010, 2011, 2012)
This study names Bronson Methodist Hospital among the nation’s best for emergency medical care. Of 4,783 hospitals reviewed, 263 were ranked in the nation’s top 5%; Bronson is the only one in southwest Michigan. Healthgrades’ analysis of outcomes for 2008-10 found survival rates are more than 40% higher for Medicare patients admitted through the Emergency Department at a top performing hospital like Bronson.

100 Hospitals with Great Orthopedic Programs (2012-2013)
This recognition from Becker's Hospital Review named Bronson Methodist Hospital to its 2013 list of "100 Hospitals with Great Orthopedic Programs." Recognizing Bronson Methodist Hospital with an exceptional orthopedic department, physicians who provide outstanding patient care, advance cutting-edge orthopedic research and treat professional athletes. Data was analyzed from U.S. News & World Report, Healthgrades, CareChex and Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2010, 2011)
This study recognizes Bronson Methodist Hospital for achieving patient safety ratings in the top five percent of U.S. hospitals. Patients these hospitals were 46.26 percent less likely to experience a patient safety event during the time period studied. If all hospitals performed at this level, approximately 174,358 patient safety events and 20,688 Medicare deaths could have been avoided.

Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals® (2006, 2010, 2011)
This national award for performance excellence recognizes 100 hospitals in the U.S. who are top performers based on: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length of stay, expenses, profitability, patient satisfaction, adherence to clinical standards of care, and post-discharge mortality and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, and pneumonia. Bronson, the only recipient in southwest Michigan, is honored in the teaching hospital category.

Gold Platinum Award for Cardiac Care (2013)
The American College of Cardiology Foundation recognized Bronson Methodist Hospital as one of only 135 hospitals in the nation to receive the NCDR® ACTION Registry®-GWTG™Gold Performance Achievement Award for implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients. The treatment guidelines are established by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.

Gold Performance Award for Heart Failure (2010)
Bronson Methodist Hospital received the Get With The Guidelines® Heart Failure Gold Performance Award for treating heart failure patients in compliance with the core standard levels of care issued by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.

Organ Donation Medal of Honor (2005-2010)
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded Bronson an Organ Donation Medal of Honor for achieving organ donation rates of 75 percent or higher in a 12-month period.

AHA-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize (2009)
This top national honor is awarded annually to only one U.S. hospital in recognition of its leadership and innovation in quality, safety and commitment to patient care. The award recognizes organizations that have systematically committed to achieving the Institute of Medicine’s six quality aims — safe, timely, efficient, effective, equitable and patient & family centered care.

Governor's Award of Excellence for Improving Care in the Hospital Setting (2004-2008, 2017)
Presented by MPRO, Michigan's Quality Improvement Organization, these awards recognize Bronson Methodist Hospital for its success in such areas as Appropriate Care Measure, Surgical Care Improvement Project, Bar Code Enabled Point-of-Care Level I and Effective Reporting and Measurement.

Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospital® for Heart Care (2008)
Thomson Reuters names Bronson Methodist Hospital as one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals® for cardiovascular care. The 2008 Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals®: Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success study identifies 100 hospitals in the United States that set the highest national performance levels for both clinical and managerial excellence in heart care. Bronson is the only recipient in southwest Michigan in 2008.

VHA Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence (2007, 2008)
VHA Inc., a national health care provider alliance recognizes Bronson Methodist Hospital with Leadership Awards for Clinical Excellence based on performance at the 90 percent or above level on clinical core measures in surgical complications and infection prevention and for being case-free for ventilator-associated pneumonia for more than twelve months.

Professional Research Consultants 4- and 5-star designations (2005-2007)
Bronson honored with a number of 4- and 5-star designations by Professional Research Consultants (PRC), for high physician satisfaction. A 4-star designation is given for scores between the 75th and 89.9th percentile, and a 5-star designation is given for scores at or above 90 percent. Physician loyalty, as measured by the likelihood to recommend Bronson for care to a friend or relative, is at the 93rd percentile in the PRC database.

Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals® Performance Improvement Leaders award (2007)
This award from Thomson Reuters (formerly Solucient) recognizes hospitals whose boards, management teams and medical staff leadership have achieved the fastest five-year rate of consistent organization-wide improvement in the industry. To select the top 100, the study analyzed 2,687 acute care hospitals nationwide using detailed empirical performance data from years 2002 through 2006, including publicly available Medicare MedPAR data, Medicare cost reports, and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) outpatient data.

American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Citation of Merit (2006)
This national award honors hospital leadership and innovation in quality, safety and commitment to patient care. Bronson one of only three U.S. hospitals recognized in 2006. To receive the award an organization must demonstrate its commitment to achieving the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) six quality aims - safety, patient-centeredness, effectiveness, efficiency, timeliness and equity.

Keystone ICU Project (2005)
Bronson's intensive care units recognized for their patient safety efforts as part of the national Keystone ICU Project. The project, developed by Johns Hopkins University, the Michigan Hospital Association, and the Keystone Center for Patient Safety & Quality, helps hospitals develop and implement comprehensive unit-based safety programs that provide creative methods of quickly and efficiently implementing best practice strategies to provide safe and high quality care.

Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (2005)
Bronson Methodist Hospital was one of just six organizations nationwide to receive this award, the nation's highest Presidential honor for quality and organizational performance excellence. The award promotes excellence in organizational performance, recognizes the quality and performance achievements of U.S. organizations, and publicizes successful performance strategies. Since 1988, 72 organizations have received Baldrige Awards (eight in the healthcare sector).

Michigan Quality Leadership Award (2001, 2005)
Presented by the Michigan Quality Council, this award is the state's highest honor for outstanding quality and customer service. Bronson is the only organization to have ever been presented with this award twice.

John A. Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing/NICHE award (2004, 2012, 2013, 2015)
Bronson Methodist Hospital awarded the John A. Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing/NICHE award for its training in the care of hospitalized older patients. The award is given annually to the U.S. hospital that embodies best practice in nursing care for older adults and serves as a model of geriatric care to other hospitals. It is jointly awarded by the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) and the Hartford Institute.

Arbor Associates Award for Highest Overall Patient Satisfaction (2000-2003)
Bronson Methodist Hospital won the Arbor Associates Award for Highest Overall Patient Satisfaction in a four-state area for three straight years. Bronson is the benchmark for satisfaction compared with more than 40 large hospitals in the Arbor database. In addition, Bronson won Arbor's top award for exceeding patient expectations.

AARP Modern Maturity Award (2001)
Bronson named to Modern Maturity's 2001 list of top 15 U.S. "Hospitals with Heart." Bronson was listed in the July/August 2001 issue of the publication as one of the institutions in the nation most respected by its peers for patient-focused care.

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