Bronson Earns 'A' Grades in Hospital Safety

June 06, 2012

 Bronson Methodist Hospital and Bronson Battle Creek were both honored with an “A” Hospital Safety ScoreSM by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The Hospital Safety ScoreSM was calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections. U.S. hospitals were assigned an A, B, C, D, or F for their safety.


“Bronson’s unwavering commitment to patient safety is something we’re consistently recognized for,” said Cheryl Knapp, vice president, System Quality Standards & Accreditation and chief quality officer for Bronson Battle Creek Hospital. “Our providers and staff adopt best practices, evaluate every aspect of patient care, communicate openly, and diligently focus on continuous improvement. Earning the trust of patients and families is of utmost importance and we take it seriously. Not only are we honored to be recognized in this national review, we’re grateful for reliable tools that help people make informed decisions about where to turn for their healthcare.”


“It’s The Leapfrog Group’s goal to give patients the information they need and deserve before even entering a hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the hospitals that earned an ‘A’ and we look forward to the day when all hospitals in the U.S. will earn the highest scores for putting patient safety first.”


To see Bronson’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, the Hospital Safety ScoreSM website, which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay.


Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s nine-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), Lucian Leape (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 Bronson Healthcare


Bronson Healthcare is a not-for-profit, community-governed healthcare system headquartered in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  With 6,600 employees, more than 1,000 physicians, and 773 licensed beds, Bronson is the largest employer in Kalamazoo and the leading healthcare system in southwest Michigan. Bronson offers a full range of services from primary care to critical care across more than 60 locations. A national leader in healthcare quality, Bronson is an innovative, award-winning organization that partners with patients and families to achieve an exceptional care experience.  Key member organizations include:  Bronson Methodist Hospital, Bronson Battle Creek Hospital, Bronson LakeView Hospital, Bronson Vicksburg Outpatient Center, Bronson Medical Group, Bronson Advanced Radiology Services, Bronson Home Health Care, Bronson Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Bronson Staffing Service, Bronson Lifestyle Improvement & Research Center and the Bronson Health Foundation. 


About The Leapfrog Group


The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org) is a national 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.


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