Bronson Methodist Hospital Named One of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals in 2013

February 19, 2013

​Bronson Methodist Hospital has been named by Healthgrades as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals in 2013. The distinction places Bronson among the top two percent of hospitals in the nation for overall clinical excellence. 

Healthgrades is the leading online resource that helps consumers
search, evaluate, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals. Its
research determines the nation’s best performing hospitals based on an
evaluation of objective measures of clinical quality at nearly 4,500
hospitals nationwide.

“This distinction provides a measure of confidence for consumers.
Hospitals earn this distinction by providing better than expected
outcomes across a broad spectrum of conditions and procedures over an
extended period of time,” said Evan Marks, Healthgrades EVP Informatics
and Strategy. “Their exceptional performance reflects their dedicated
approach to delivering superior quality of care for patients.”

Unlike other quality studies, Healthgrades evaluates hospitals solely
on clinical outcomes analyzing data from Medicare for risk-adjusted
mortality and in-hospital complications.  This takes into account
differing levels of severity of patient illness at different hospitals
and allows for hospitals to be compared equally. No hospital can opt-in
or opt-out of being evaluated, and no hospital pays to be evaluated.

The 2013 study shows significant variation in hospital quality across
America. While many hospitals have specific areas of expertise and
high-quality outcomes, America’s 100 Best Hospitals exhibit
comprehensive high-quality care over a long period of time.  That
includes measurably lower mortality and complication rates across 27
common conditions and procedures for a minimum of four consecutive

Bronson Methodist Hospital has sustained its high quality performance
as measured by Healthgrades for the last five years. The hospital is
credited with significantly reducing the number of avoidable deaths in
the patient population it serves.  If all hospitals lowered their
mortality rates to the level of Bronson and the other America’s 100 Best
Hospitals, 165,636 lives could potentially have been saved nationwide
between 2009 and 2011.

“Bronson’s performance has been measured against the top hospitals in
the nation in multiple studies over multiple years, and we are very
proud to achieve consistently high quality ratings,” said Bronson
Healthcare system president and CEO, Frank Sardone.  “Our physician
partners’ and staff’s commitment to exceptional care is evident in these
findings which verify to patients and families that the care they
receive at Bronson is truly among the very best in the nation.”

Healthgrades posts hospital performance on its website in the form of
awards achievements and 1-star, 3-star or 5-star star ratings.

Bronson Methodist Hospital’s history of Healthgrades achievements
include:  Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence  Award
(2009-13); Outstanding Patient Experience Award (2009-2012); Emergency
Medicine Excellence Award (2010-12); and overall awards of excellence
for Joint Replacement Surgery (2007-13), Neurosciences (2012-13),
Neurosurgery (2012-13), Stroke (2011-13) Pulmonary Care (2009-13), and
Prostatectomy (2012-13). 

Current 5-star ratings include:  Treatment of Heart Attack; Valve
Surgery; Overall Pulmonary Services; Treatment of Pneumonia; Treatment
of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease; Neurosciences; Neurosurgery;
Treatment of Stroke; Treatment of Gastrointestinal Bleed; Treatment of
Sepsis; Treatment of Pancreatitis; Prostatectomy; Emergency Medicine;
Overall Orthopedic Services; Joint Replacement; Spine Surgery; Back and
Neck Surgery (Spinal Fusion); Total Knee Replacement Surgery and Total
Hip Replacement Surgery.

For more information about Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals
or to download a copy of the report or see specific ratings, visit

About Bronson Methodist Hospital

Bronson Methodist Hospital, located at 601 John St. in downtown
Kalamazoo, Mich., is the flagship of Bronson Healthcare, a
not-for-profit healthcare system serving all of southwest Michigan and
northern Indiana. With 434 licensed beds and all private rooms, Bronson
Methodist Hospital provides care in virtually every specialty —
cardiology, orthopedics, surgery, emergency medicine, neurology,
oncology — with advanced capabilities in critical care as a Level I
Trauma Center; in neurological care as a Joint Commission certified
Primary Stroke Center; in cardiac care as the region’s first accredited
Chest Pain Emergency Center; in obstetrics as the leading BirthPlace and
only high-risk pregnancy center in southwest Michigan, and in
pediatrics as one of only six children's hospitals in the state.

Bronson serves the largest percentage of Medicaid patients in the
area and provides a substantial benefit to the community through
outreach and charitable care. It is the recipient of the 2005 Malcolm
Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest presidential honor
for quality and organizational performance excellence.  In 2009, the
hospital received the AHA McKesson Quest for Quality Prize awarded
annually to only one U.S. hospital and joined the top five percent of
hospitals in the nation to be designated a Magnet Hospital for Nursing
Excellence.  It was also a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospital from
2009-2011. For the past five years, Bronson has been ranked in the top
five percent of hospitals in the nation as a Healthgrades Distinguished
Hospital for Clinical Excellence (2009-13). In 2013, it was named one of
Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals. For more, visit

Healthgrades Hospital Quality Distinctions

Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance for nearly every hospital
in the nation; no hospital can opt-in or opt-out of being evaluated,
and no hospital pays to be evaluated. Healthgrades 2013 study evaluated
hospital performance for nearly 4,500 hospitals across the nation in 28
procedures and conditions. Mortality and complication rates were risk
adjusted, which takes into account the differing severity of illness at
different hospitals and allows for hospitals to be compared fairly. provides information on objective measures of hospital
performance, which allows consumers to compare their local hospitals

About Healthgrades

Healthgrades, headquartered in Denver, Colorado, is the leading
online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and
hospitals. More than 225 million consumers use the Healthgrades websites
to search, evaluate, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals
that best meet their treatment needs.  Consumers are empowered through
use of the Healthgrades proprietary information about clinical outcomes,
satisfaction, safety, and health conditions to make more informed
healthcare decisions and take action.  For more information, visit and

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