Bronson Methodist Hospital Receives High Ratings for Hospital Quality

October 16, 2006


According to a comprehensive study released today by HealthGrades, the nation’s leading healthcare ratings company, Bronson Methodist Hospital is rated among the top ten percent of hospitals in the nation for stroke care and vascular surgery; among the top five percent in the nation for joint replacement surgery; and is top-rated in southwest Michigan for overall cardiac care.


The hospital received 5-star ratings for the treatment of heart attack, atrial fibrillation, stroke, abdominal aortoic aneurysm, carotid endarterectomy, community acquired pneumonia, pulmonary embolism, total knee replacement, total hip replacement, and back and neck surgery with spinal fusion.


As part of its ninth annual Hospital Quality in America Study, HealthGrades independently analyzed more than 5,000 hospitals in all 50 states and the District of Columbia for its 2007 ratings, objectively assessing their clinical outcomes and quality over a three-year period. The 40.6 million hospitalization records utilized in the assessment are publicly available and licensed from the federal government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.


The HealthGrades ratings take into account varying degrees of patient severity from hospital to hospital and measure whether patient outcomes for each of more than two dozen procedures and diagnoses are better than expected (5-Star), as expected (3-Star), or worse than expected (1-Star).


This study, the largest of its kind for hospital quality in America, found that a typical patient, on average, has a 69 percent lower chance of dying at the nation’s 5-star rated hospitals compared with the 1-star hospitals.


“Bronson’s vision is to be a national leader in healthcare quality and the results of this study validate our focus,” said Scott Larson, M.D., Bronson’s senior vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer. “The quality outcomes reflected in these ratings are a credit to the efforts of everyone involved in patient care at Bronson. HealthGrades and other independent studies help us compare our performance to national best practice standards and help the people we serve make decisions about which hospital to go to based on documented evidence of high quality care.”


HealthGrades developed the study and ratings information to help consumers understand the differences in care from hospital to hospital. The ratings are available free to consumers at www.healthgrades.com.


“Consumers continue to ask for more and better information to help them in their health care decision making,” said Samantha Collier, M.D., HealthGrades’ vice president of medical affairs. “Our analysis provides an apples-to-apples comparison of hospital performance by procedure or diagnosis, and it is evident there is significant variance between individual hospitals. For Bronson to score so well in several clinical areas is a testament to the efforts of everybody in the organization, and should be very comforting to area residents.”


ore than three million individuals and employees of more than 125 major employers visit the HealthGrades Web site every month to access quality information about hospitals, nursing homes and physicians. HealthGrades also provides consumers and payers with detailed assessments of hospitals’ patient-safety outcomes, based on indicators developed by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.


In addition to the high quality ratings from HealthGrades, Bronson Methodist Hospital is the recipient of the 2005 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest presidential honor for quality and organizational performance excellence; is one of three hospitals recognized this year with the national Quest for Quality Award from the American Hospital Association; and is also rated one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals for 2005 by Solucient.


About HealthGrades
HealthGrades (Nasdaq:HGRD) is the leading healthcare ratings company, providing ratings and profiles of hospitals, nursing homes and physicians to consumers, corporations, health plans and hospitals. Millions of consumers and hundreds of the nation’s largest employers, health plans and hospitals rely on HealthGrades’ independent ratings to make healthcare decisions based on the quality of care. More information on the company can be found at healthgrades.com.



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