Bronson Hospitgals Again Rated "A" in Hospital Safety

November 28, 2012

Both Bronson Methodist Hospital and Bronson Battle Creek Hospital maintained an “A” Hospital Safety ScoreSM in the latest data released by The Leapfrog Group on November 28, 2012. They continue to be the only hospitals in Kalamazoo and Calhoun counties to receive the highest possible grade.


The Hospital Safety ScoreSM was compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety to give the public information on how well U.S. hospitals are preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections. Hospitals are assigned an A, B, C, D, or F score based on 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data.


“Bronson’s vision is to be a national leader in healthcare quality. You can’t achieve quality without exceptional safety practices,” said Marijo Snyder, MD, vice president, system quality and medical staff development. “Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Score is a valuable measure of our performance and a great tool for prospective patients to use when choosing a hospital. We are very proud that the medical staff, nurses and caregivers at Bronson Battle Creek and Bronson Methodist Hospital continue to outperform their peers and achieve the highest safety scores possible.”


“Hospitals that earn an A have demonstrated their commitment to their patients and their community,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. “I congratulate the hospitals in the Bronson Healthcare system for safety excellence, and look forward to the day when all hospitals will match this standard.”


To see scores for Bronson Methodist Hospital and Bronson Battle Creek Hospital 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 serving 10 counties in southwest and south central Michigan. With 6,600 employees, more than 1,000 medical staff members, and 773 licensed beds, Bronson is the largest employer and leading healthcare system in southwest Michigan. It offers a full range of services from primary care to critical care across more than 60 locations. 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. For more information, visit www.bronsonhealth.com


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.