Bronson Battle Creek Recognized as Top Performer

Published on November 24, 2014

Bronson Battle Creek Recognized as Top Performer

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. – Bronson Battle Creek Hospital has been recognized as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States.

The hospital is one of 1,224 hospitals listed in The Joint Commission’s 2014 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Only 36.9 percent of all Joint-Commission-accredited hospitals reporting accountability measure performance data for 2013 are Top Performer hospitals.

“This achievement demonstrates our commitment to using evidence-based protocols to improve quality of care,” says Jim McKernan, MBA, BSN, RN, chief operating officer for Bronson Battle Creek and senior vice president for Bronson Healthcare. “Being named a Top Performer recognizes the knowledge, teamwork and dedication of our entire hospital staff to optimize care for every patient every time.”

The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, stroke, venous thromboembolism and perinatal care, as well as for inpatient psychiatric services and immunizations.

To be a Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2013 accountability measure data, including:

• Achieving cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures;
• Achieving performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there were at least 30 denominator cases; and
• Having at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and (within that measure set) all applicable individual accountability measures had a performance rate of 95 percent or above.

“Delivering the right treatment in the right way at the right time is a cornerstone of high-quality health care. I commend the efforts of Bronson Battle Creek Hospital for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions,” said Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and CEO, The Joint Commission.

For more information about the Top Performer program, visit