Bronson LakeView Hospital Honored for Quality & Safety Achievements

November 15, 2011

Bronson LakeView Hospital recently earned four awards from the Michigan Center for Rural Health for successfully adopting evidence-based processes to improve the quality and safety of care provided by the hospital. 


Bronson LakeView is one of only a handful of Michigan’s 66 rural health hospitals to earn recognition in all four performance categories. “Bronson LakeView Hospital has shown exceptional commitment to providing their patients with high quality health care,” said John Barnas, Executive Director of the Michigan Center for Rural Health. “We are pleased to sponsor these awards and recognize the dedication of hospital staff to provide the right care to the right patient each and every time.” 


Bronson LakeView received the following quality awards for 2011 from the Michigan Center for Rural Health:  an Inpatient Clinical Performance Award for excellence in the treatment of heart failure and pneumonia; an Outpatient Clinical Performance Award for quality improvement efforts in the treatment of heart attack and chest pain; and an Emergency Department Transfer Performance Award for excellence in preparing emergency patients for transfer.   


The hospital also received a new award this year, the 2011 Michigan Rural Health Quality Improvement Award  for Outstanding Performance in Patient Safety.  This is the first year the Michigan Center for Rural Health has bestowed this award.  It recognizes those critical access hospitals in the state that have implemented innovative ideas and achieved measurable outcomes in patient safety. 


“Having our performance rated so highly by the Michigan Center for Rural Health helps area residents know that they can choose Bronson LakeView with confidence,” said Sally Berglin, chief executive officer of Bronson LakeView Hospital. “Our staff’s commitment to excellence clearly shines through the data and shows that we are a healthcare destination that is working very hard to deliver exceptional patient care.” 


Bronson LakeView Hospital was honored by The Michigan Center for Rural Health at an awards ceremony during the 12th Annual Michigan Critical Access Hospital Conference October 27, 2011 in Gaylord, Mich. The Michigan Center for Rural Health is a non-profit organization formed in 1991 as part of a nation-wide, federal and state initiative to recognize the importance of rural health care and to create a mechanism for resources to flow to rural areas. 


On November 17, 2011, Bronson LakeView and its medical practices will join rural healthcare providers around the nation in celebrating National Rural Health Day. Approximately 62 million people – nearly one in five Americans – live in rural and frontier communities throughout the United States. The hospitals and providers serving these rural communities not only provide quality patient care, but they also help keep good jobs in rural America.               


Bronson LakeView Hospital in Paw Paw, Mich., is a full-service, non-profit community hospital. As a 35-bed critical access hospital, Bronson LakeView Hospital offers a full range of acute care for inpatients including surgery, geriatric psychology and emergency care.  Outpatient services are provided at the hospital as well as at Bronson LakeView Outpatient Center in Paw Paw and at medical offices and clinics in Decatur, Lawton, Marcellus and Mattawan.  Services include behavioral health, home health, rehabilitation, pharmacy, diagnostics and a host of specialty clinics. 


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