Bronson Methodist Hospital Again Recognized for Exceptional Quality

January 27, 2009

New HealthGrades study ranks Bronson among top five percent nationally

Bronson Methodist Hospital has been recognized as a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence™ in an independent study released today by HealthGrades, the leading healthcare ratings company. This is the fourth national recognition for quality that Bronson has received from an independent ratings organization in the last six months alone, giving Bronson the most consistently high-rated quality performance of any hospital in southwest Michigan.

HealthGrades 2009 study of quality at the nation’s nearly 5,000 nonfederal hospitals places Bronson among only 270 hospitals nationally performing in the top five percent for overall clinical quality. The study estimates that 152,666 lives could have been saved and 11,772 complications could have been avoided over the three years studied if all Medicare patients were treated at hospitals like Bronson. The study also shows that the Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence™ are improving at a greater rate in more procedures and diagnoses than all other hospitals.

“This recognition is a tremendous achievement and a credit to how hard our physician partners and staff have worked to provide Bronson patients with the best possible care. It also indicates we are achieving our vision of being a national leader in healthcare quality,” said Bronson President and CEO, Frank Sardone. “Bronson has been measured against the best hospitals in the nation in multiple studies over multiple years, and our performance is consistently rising to the top. Now other organizations are contacting us to assist them. As with our Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, we are glad to share and help contribute to improving healthcare quality here, and across the country.”

For this study, HealthGrades analyzed almost 41 million Medicare hospitalization records that cover the latest three-year period, from 2005 to 2007. Because the hospitalization records come from the federal government, no hospital can opt in or out of HealthGrades' rating process. The analysis is risk-adjusted to account for differences in patient populations between hospitals. Hospitals that receive the Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence award excel across the 26 procedures and diagnoses rated.

“Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence comprise an unparalleled group of hospitals that excel across the board, not just in one or two specialties, and they should be commended for their relentless commitment to exceptional patient care. Patients should expect and demand the same level of care at all hospitals,” said Rick May, M.D., HealthGrades senior physician consultant, and an author of the study.

In October 2008, HealthGrades 11th annual Hospital Quality in America study recognized Bronson Methodist Hospital for being in the top 10 percent or better of hospitals in the nation for: orthopedic surgery (such as total knee replacement); spine surgery (such as spinal fusion); joint replacement surgery (such as hip replacement surgery); and pulmonary care (such as treating pneumonia). Bronson scored well across a broad array of specialty areas, receiving five-star ratings for:

  • Treatment of Heart Failure

  • Total Knee Replacement Surgery

  • Total Hip Replacement Surgery

  • Back and Neck Surgery without spinal fusion

  • Back and Neck Surgery with Spinal Fusion

  • Treatment of Sepsis (infection of the blood)

  • Treatment of Pulmonary Embolism

  • Treatment of Diabetic Acidosis and Coma

  • Treatment of Pneumonia

  • Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

  • Treatment of Gastrointestinal Bleed

  • Treatment of Bowel Obstruction

  • Prostatectomy (prostate surgery)

Other recent national quality achievements include the following. In November 2008, Bronson Methodist Hospital was the only hospital in southwest Michigan named as one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals® for cardiovascular care in the 2008 Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals® Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success study. In August 2008, the hospital was named a recipient of the 2007 Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals® Performance Improvement Leaders award. It recognized those U.S. hospitals that have achieved the fastest five-year rate of consistent organization-wide improvement in the industry. It also recognized Bronson’s ability to convert its vision, mission and goals into action and build a culture of sustained performance.


In its 2009 study, HealthGrades independently and objectively analyzed nearly 41 million patient records from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for fiscal years 2005, 2006 and 2007, for 26 medical procedures and diagnoses at every one of the nation’s nearly 5,000 non-federal hospitals. To qualify for the list, hospitals were required to meet minimum thresholds in terms of patient volumes, quality ratings and the range of services provided. Prior to comparing the in-hospital mortality and complication rates of the nation’s hospitals, HealthGrades risk-adjusted the data, to compare on equal footing hospitals that treated sicker patients. Hospitals with risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates that scored in the top five percent or better nationally – which demonstrates superior overall clinical performance – were then recognized as Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence™. HealthGrades’ methodology can be found in the study and on the company’s Web site.

About HealthGrades

Health Grades, Inc. (Nasdaq: HGRD - News) is the leading independent healthcare ratings organization, providing quality ratings, profiles and cost information on the nation's hospitals, physicians, nursing homes and prescription drugs. Millions of patients and many of the nation’s largest employers, health plans and hospitals rely on

HealthGrades’ quality ratings, advisory services and decision-support resources. The HealthGrades Network of Web sites, including and, is a top-ten health property according to ComScore and is the Internet's leading destination for patients choosing providers. More information on the company can be found at

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