Bronson Methodist Hospital Named One of Healthgrades America's 100 Best Hospitals in 2013 - Bronson Healthcare

Published on February 19, 2013

Bronson Methodist Hospital Named One of Healthgrades America's 100 Best Hospitals in 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 years.

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 online.

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