Bronson Methodist Hospital Again Earns Spot on Nations 100 Top Hospitals List

March 28, 2011

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The national spotlight returns to Kalamazoo this week with news that Bronson Methodist Hospital is again rated among the 100 best hospitals in the country.


Thomson Reuters annual 100 Top Hospitals® study released today identifies Bronson as the only hospital in southwest Michigan to earn a spot as one of the United States’ top performing hospitals. This is Bronson’s third time on the 100 Top Hospitals list for overall organizational performance. In recent years, Bronson has also received recognition from Thomson Reuters as a 100 Top Hospital Performance Improvement Leader (2007), and 100 Top Hospital for Cardiovascular Care (2008).


These achievements combined with other national recognition such as the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (2005), American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize (2009), HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence (2009, 2010, 2011) and Magnet designation for Nursing Excellence (2009), all add up to Bronson having the most consistently high-rated performance of any hospital in southwest Michigan.


Bronson President & CEO Frank Sardone says, “I couldn’t be more proud of our employees, medical staff and volunteers for the tremendous effort they have put into achieving and sustaining such high levels of quality, safety and service. The commitment to excellence they demonstrate every day is a driving force behind our achievements. Being named a 100 Top hospital is a great honor for Bronson, but more importantly it assures residents of southwest Michigan that when they need medical care, one of the nation’s best hospitals is close at hand.”


If all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated at a 100 Top hospital:



  • Nearly 116,000 additional patients would survive each year.

  • More than 197,000 patient complications would be avoided annually.

  • Expense per adjusted discharge would drop by $462.

  • The average patient stay would decrease by half a day.


If the same standards were applied to all inpatients, the impact would be even greater.


The Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals® study evaluates performance in 10 areas: mortality; medical complications; patient safety; average patient stay; expenses; profitability; patient satisfaction; adherence to clinical standards of care; post-discharge mortality; and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, and pneumonia. The study has been conducted annually since 1993.


To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Thomson Reuters researchers evaluated 2,914 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals. They used public information - Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website. No hospital can opt out of the review and those named to the 100 Top Hospitals list do not pay to market the honor.


"This year's 100 Top Hospitals award winners have delivered exemplary results, despite volatility from healthcare reform," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president at Thomson Reuters. "The leadership teams at these organizations have dealt with enormous ambiguity, yet remained focused on mission and excellence across the hospital which drove national benchmarks to new highs."


For more information, please visit www.100tophospitals.com.