Bronson Battle Creek Listed Among the Top 100 in the Nation

July 10, 2012

The list of awards and recognitions for Bronson Battle Creek (BBC) keeps growing and growing.  The most recent honor, bestowed by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, lists BBC as one of the top 100 most ‘wired’ hospitals in the United States.  This is the seventh year in a row the hospital has been recognized for its technology.

Bronson Battle Creek, formerly known as Battle Creek Health System, was selected by H & H N magazine because of the hospital’s ongoing initiative for electronic medical records.  In early 2005, the Battle Creek hospital took a giant technological leap by transitioning to a paperless, electronic health record.  By switching all inpatient nursing and ancillary documentation from traditional, paper-intensive, medical charts to an electronic medical record system, Bronson Battle Creek became one of only a handful of hospitals in the United States to ‘go-live’ with comprehensive, new technology that increases patient safety and cuts costs by reducing the potential for human error.  

The electronic health record initiative includes an adverse drug event (ADE) alert system, computerized physician order entry (CPOE), integrating anesthesia information, and the timely incorporation of equipment that health care providers use for bedside patient care.  It has been estimated that new advances in electronic medical protocols could take up to 10 years to make their way into the daily practice of physicians.  This electronic medical record system is available now at Bronson Battle Creek.  

“We are honored to receive this recognition,” said Thomas F. Ignaczak, M.D., vice president of medical affairs at Bronson Battle Creek.  “To be selected yet again as a national leader in health care is extremely gratifying.  Awards like this speak volumes about the kinds of commitments everyone in our organization has for providing our patients with the very latest in technology and patient-centered care.”

“Awards like this are very nice, but the safety of our patients is what is paramount,” added Denise Brooks-Williams, Bronson Battle Creek president and CEO.  “We continue a long tradition of providing complete medical data at the fingertips of our clinicians whenever and wherever they have secured access to the Internet. We are also committed to an ordering process that combines patient data with evidence-based rules to reduce the risk of adverse drug events.”  

“Technology is only part of the equation; clinician use is also key to our success," said Jim Keller, information services director at Bronson Battle Creek.  “To that end, we appreciate the efforts our physicians and staff have made to work closely with our IT team in adapting their processes to this exciting technology.  It is our experience that ‘connected’ care like ours often leads to better care, which creates a much more positive patient experience.”

The Commission on Cancer has recognized Bronson Battle Creek with its Outstanding Achievement Award for clinical cancer services three times.  No other hospital in the state has received it more than once.  Bronson Battle Creek is also designated as one of 'Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For' by the Michigan Business & Professional Association for the ninth year in a row.   

The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits honored Bronson Battle Creek and Bronson Methodist Hospital with “A” Hospital Safety Scores.  Using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections calculated the Hospital Safety Score. U.S. hospitals were assigned an A, B, C, D, or F for their safety.  BBC and BMH received top scores in the region.

For the past 14 years, H &HN has conducted surveys and benchmarking studies asking hospitals to report their uses of information technology in five areas: safety and quality, customer service, business process, workforce, and public health and safety.  Every hospital in the U.S. is invited to participate.

The winners are profiled in the Summer 2012 edition of H & HN’s Most Wired magazine.

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 in southwest Michigan.  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 the county’s largest accredited sleep center and a wound-healing center with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.