Bronson Battle Creek Scores Another 'A' in Patient Safety

November 15, 2013

Bronson Battle Creek is one of few hospitals in the nation and the only hospital in Calhoun County to receive an 'A' Hospital Safety Score four times in a row.

The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits gives the Hospital Safety Score. The Leapfrog Group assigns all U.S. hospitals a safety score of A, B, C, D or F using 28 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. Scores are calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group's Blue Ribbon Expert Panel and updated every six months.

Bronson Battle Creek scored higher than the national average of hospitals graded in 22 of the 28 measures. The hospital did exceptionally well at outcomes measures related to preventing hospital associated infections and falls. Bronson Battle Creek also performed above average at process measures such as giving the right medication at the right time and having engaged nurses. To see the hospital's scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. 

"Over the last several years, Bronson Battle Creek has consistently focused on improving the quality and safety of care we provide," says Cheryl Knapp, vice president, system quality standards & accreditation and the chief quality officer for Bronson Battle Creek. "Receiving another 'A' score affirms we're on the right path and helps patients and families feel confident in choosing Bronson Battle Creek. Being a part of the Bronson Healthcare system helps us share best practices and learn from one another. There are a lot of uncertainties in health care right now, and one thing we can be certain of is that our teams of providers and staff are continuing the provide what they do best - excellent health care."

About The Leapfrog Group

The Hospital Safety Score is an initiative of The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org), 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.

About Bronson Battle Creek

With 228 licensed beds, Bronson Battle Creek provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient services in acute care and behavioral health; all inpatient rooms are private. 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 and 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 robotic surgery, the county's largest accredited sleep center, and a wound-healing center with hyperbaric oxygen therapy. It also offers world-class diagnostic capabilities including PET/CT imaging, freestanding 'open' and traditional MRI, CT (16- 64-slice) and 3.0 Tesla MRI. For nine years, Bronson Healthcare has been included on Working Mother magazine's 100 Best Companies list as a leading family friendly employer.