Bronson Healthcare Team Honored with MHA Advancing Safe Care Award

Published on June 24, 2021

Bronson Healthcare Team Honored with MHA Advancing Safe Care Award

Some members of the COVID 19 Community Vaccine Clinic Team

The Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) announced today that Bronson Healthcare is the winner of the 2021 MHA Advancing Safe Care Award. The award honors healthcare teams within MHA-member hospitals that demonstrate a fierce commitment to providing care to different patient populations, show evidence of an improved safety culture, lead the charge for quality improvement, and demonstrate transparency in their efforts to improve healthcare.

The team at Bronson was honored for its focused efforts to create and support Bronson’s Community Partnered Vaccine Clinics and health equity initiatives.

The team has worked to ensure that people are quickly and effectively vaccinated against COVID-19 and that social determinants of health are addressed during the vaccine distribution processBronson’s stance on equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine is based on data showing people from racial and ethnic minority groups are disproportionately affected by the disease. To close the gap, the team developed mitigation strategies that included forming significant community partnerships to offer Community Partnered Vaccine Clinics which enhanced the delivery of vaccines to underserved populations in Calhoun, Kalamazoo and Van Buren counties.

The outreach program also led to the development of the Bronson COVID-19 exploration dashboard and a data infrastructure to proactively monitor for gaps and address structural racism. Looking at data through a geographical lens continues to help Bronson support equitable care in its communities.

Bronson’s vaccine deployment strategy is both population- and place-based. By focusing on people with disabilities and those of racial and ethnic minorities, it created vaccine clinics that are accessible to those who are most vulnerable and helped proactively reduce COVID-19-associated stigma and implicit bias.

The Community Partnered Vaccine Clinics led to 1,250 vaccine administrations over four clinic events, 50% of them to people in racial and ethnic minorities, and the number continues to rise as more community clinic events are organized weekly.

When the vaccine was first released, the Bronson team found that only 5% of those getting vaccinated were from minority populations.  Taking the vaccine out into the community and distributing it equitably through Community Partnered Vaccine Clinics is having a positive impact on the health of individuals and the community overall.

In addition to today’s award, Bronson’s commitment to quality and safety has been recognized with a number of MHA awards in recent years, including: 

  • 2014 MHA Keystone Center Patient Safety & Quality Leadership Awards: Cheryl Knapp, Dr. Prodinger, Dr. Rathburn - BBC
  • 2016 MHA Ludwig Community Benefit Award: Operation Fit - BBC
  • 2016 MHA Keystone Center Speak-up Award (Q2 & Annual): Seth Raymond, DO - BMH
  • 2018 MHA Speak Up for Safety Award (Q4): Eryn Glerum and Stephanie Pratt - BBC
  • 2018 MHA Advancing Safe Care Award: NICU - BMH
  • 2019 MHA Ludwig Community Benefit Award: Frequent User System Engagement (FUSE) - BMH
  • 2021 MHA Speak Up for Safety Award (Q1): Mozella Peters -BBC

For more information, visit the awards page at

[Pictured left to right are some of the members of the Bronson team: Richard VanEnk, PhD; Troy Shirley; Jesse Hogue; Jim Curtis; Jane Janssen, Aaron Lane-Davies, MD; Ben Clark, Beth Washington, Greg Milliken, Rita Cox and Jennifer Martin.]