Bronson Methodist Hospital Named One of the Nation's 100 Top Hospitals

March 29, 2010


KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Patients in southwest Michigan now have a new indicator that the health care services they receive at Bronson are among the very best in the country. Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals(r): National Benchmarks study released today identifies Bronson Methodist Hospital as one of the United States' 100 Top Hospitals based on its overall organizational performance.


The 100 Top Hospitals represent five categories (Major Teaching, Teaching, and Large, Medium, and Small Community Hospitals). Bronson, the only recipient in southwest Michigan, is in the Teaching category.


Nearly 3,000 U.S. hospitals were reviewed and the 100 Top Hospitals were selected based on objective statistical performance on Thomson Reuters' national balanced scorecard. The award recognizes hospitals with the highest overall score across 10 areas: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length of stay, expenses, profitability, patient satisfaction, adherence to clinical standards of care, and post-discharge mortality and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, and pneumonia.


Bronson President & CEO Frank Sardone says, "Having an objective third party rate Bronson's overall performance among the 100 Top Hospitals in the country is a tremendous validation of our efforts to be a national leader in healthcare quality. Our employees and medical staff take pride in knowing that their focus on excellence is leading the industry and bringing immediate value to Bronson patients and families and to the communities we serve."


According to Thomson Reuters, having a 100 Top Hospital in the community means:


* Patients are measurably less likely to have a complication, adverse patient safety event, or unnecessary death or readmission


* Patients are more likely to receive care efficiently at a reasonable comparative cost


* The community can rely on the hospital as a well-managed major employer that will continue to invest in newer technology and services the community needs.


The study also indicates that if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated at the 100 Top Hospitals:


* More than 98,000 additional patients would survive each year


* More than 197,000 patient complications would be avoided annually


* Expenses would decline by an aggregate $5.5 billion a year


* The average patient stay would decrease by nearly half a day


"This year's study magnified the value that 100 Top Hospital award winners provide to their communities. Even during the economic downturn, the 100 Top Hospitals maintained a profit from operations while raising the bar for clinical quality and patient satisfaction," says Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals programs at Thomson Reuters. "The insistence of these hospitals leaders - their boards, executive teams and medical staffs - on overall excellence makes the difference."


This is not the first time Bronson Methodist Hospital has been recognized by Thomson Reuters. Previous honors include: 100 Top Hospitals: National Benchmarks (2005), 100 Top Hospitals: Performance Improvement Leader (2007), and 100 Top Hospitals: 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) and Magnet designation (2009), all add up to Bronson having the most consistently high-rated performance of any hospital in southwest Michigan.


About Bronson Methodist Hospital


Bronson Methodist Hospital, located at 601 John St. in downtown Kalamazoo, Mich., is the flagship of Bronson Healthcare Group, a not-for-profit healthcare system serving all of southwest Michigan and northern Indiana. With 380 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 is also ranked in the top five percent of hospitals in the nation as a 2009-10 HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence. For more information, visit bronsonhealth.com.


About Thomson Reuters


Thomson Reuters is the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. We combine industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to leading decision makers in the financial, legal, tax and accounting, healthcare and science and media markets, powered by the world's most trusted news organization. With headquarters in New York and major operations in London and Eagan, Minnesota, Thomson Reuters employs more than 50,000 people and operates in over 100 countries. Thomson Reuters shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: TRI) and New York Stock Exchange (TRI). For more information, go to www.thomsonreuters.com.


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