Bronson Battle Creek Earns Another 'A' in Patient Safety - Bronson Healthcare

Published on May 10, 2013

Bronson Battle Creek Earns Another 'A' in Patient Safety

Bronson Battle Creek has again been recognized with an ‘A’ Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. Scores are compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and are updated every six months. This is The Leapfrog Group’s third release of the Hospital Safety ScoreSM and Bronson Battle Creek has achieved an ‘A’ each time.

The Leapfrog Group assigns all U.S. hospitals a safety score of A, B, C, D or F based on their success in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. The scoring system is designed to give prospective patients comparative information they can use when selecting a hospital.

“We are very proud of our associates and providers for consistently delivering care that meets these high national standards,” says Cheryl Knapp, vice president, system quality standards & accreditation and the chief quality officer for Bronson Battle Creek. “Over the past few years, we’ve made a concerted effort to implement evidence-based practices and protocols that enhance hospital quality and safety. Sustaining an ‘A’ score validates the work we’ve been doing and tells area residents that they can feel very confident in choosing Bronson Battle Creek for their hospital care.”

The Leapfrog Group wants to make sure hospitals are following recommendations to deliver optimal care to each patient. There are two major areas for scoring – process/structural measures and outcome measures. For example, one process measure is for patients to receive an antibiotic one hour before surgery to prevent infection. Bronson Battle Creek has implemented this and other surgical care recommendations into its protocols. Another safety measure is for doctors to order prescriptions using a computer system to prevent errors. Bronson Battle Creek has had this in place for nine years and, in fact, has an entire electronic medical record system that improves communication and coordination of care.

Outcome measures reflect how well patients respond to treatment. Bronson Battle Creek is one of the best in the country for having a high survival rate among heart failure patients following discharge from the hospital. These are just a few examples of factors that contribute to the Hospital Safety Score.

To see Bronson Battle Creek’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at It also has a free mobile app.

The Hospital Safety Score is the first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety (April 2013). Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s eight-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors. The panel includes: John Birkmeyer (University of Michigan), Ashish Jha (Harvard University), Arnold Millstein (Stanford University), Peter Pronovost (Johns Hopkins University), Patrick Romano (University of California, Davis), Sara Singer (Harvard University), Tim Vogus (Vanderbilt University), and Robert Wachter (University of California, San Francisco).

About The Leapfrog Group

The Leapfrog Group ( is a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders, and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.

Bronson Battle Creek is a 218-bed hospital that provides full outpatient and inpatient acute care including robotic surgery, diagnostics, and rehabilitation services; 100% all private rooms. It also offers world-class diagnostic capabilities including PET/CT imaging, freestanding ‘open’ and traditional MRI, CT (16- and 64-slice), and 3.0 Tesla MRI. Bronson Battle Creek has been recognized nationally as one of the safest hospitals, and has been a leader in the development of electronic health records as evidenced by multiple honors as one of America’s ‘most wired’ and ‘most wireless’ hospitals. The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons recognizes the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program, and the only hospital in Michigan to receive the CoC’s Outstanding Achievement Award three times in a row. Specialty services include inpatient behavioral health, the county’s largest accredited sleep center, and a wound-healing center with hyperbaric oxygen therapy. For nine years, Bronson Healthcare has been included on Working Mother magazine’s 100 Best Companies list as a leading family friendly employer.