Bronson Methodist Hospital Recognized for Heart Attack Care

December 09, 2008


KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Bronson Methodist Hospital has received the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Silver Performance Achievement Award for 2008 – one of only 93 hospitals nationwide, and the only in southwest Michigan – to do so.


The award recognizes Bronson’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients, and signifies that Bronson has reached an aggressive goal of treating coronary artery disease patients with at least 85 percent compliance to core standard levels of care outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.


To receive the ACTION Registry–GWTG Silver Performance Achievement Award, Bronson consistently followed the treatment guidelines in ACTION Registry–GWTG for 12 consecutive months. These include aggressive use of medications like cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, and anticoagulants in the hospital.


“As southwest Michigan's first accredited Chest Pain Emergency Center, Bronson offers special expertise in diagnosing chest pain and treating heart attacks. With the number of heart attacks on the rise, it’s more important than ever for top heart care hospitals like us to focus on improving care and treatment for patients,” said Bill Mayer, M.D, M.P.H., Bronson vice president of medical staff clinical quality. “This recognition, along with others the hospital has received for cardiovascular care, is a direct result of our staff’s dedication to clinical excellence. Patients and families in southwest Michigan can be assured that when they come to Bronson for heart care, they can expect outcomes that are amongst the best in the nation.”


Cardiovascular services at Bronson include prevention and education, early detection, minimally invasive procedures, surgical interventions, personalized rehabilitation programs, and home telemonitoring.


Bronson Methodist Hospital was recently the only hospital in southwest Michigan named as one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals® for cardiovascular care for 2008 by Thomson Reuters. In addition, Bronson is best rated in southwest Michigan for overall cardiac care by Healthgrades®, one of the nation's leading authorities on hospital performance. UnitedHealth PremiumSM also designates Bronson as a cardiac specialty center.


About ACTION Registry–GWTG


Created by the merger of the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR ACTION Registry® and the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-CAD program, ACTION Registry–GWTG combines the best of both programs into a single, unified national registry. The new registry joins the robust data collection and quality reporting features of the ACTION Registry with the collaborative models, unique tools, and quality improvement techniques of the GWTG-CAD program. With the collective strengths of these two programs, ACTION Registry–GWTG empowers health care provider teams to consistently treat heart attack patient according to the most current, science-based guidelines; and establishes a national standard for understanding and improving the quality, safety, and outcomes of care provided for patients with coronary artery disease, specifically high-risk STEMI and NSTEMI patients.


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. The hospital is the recipient of the 2005 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest presidential honor for quality and organizational performance excellence, and was recognized as one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals for cardiovascular care in 2008 by Thomson Reuters.


Bronson Healthcare Group is one of Kalamazoo’s largest employers and has been ranked for six consecutive years by Working Mother magazine as one of the nation’s 100 best companies to work for. Annually, Bronson provides more than $83 million in community benefits through outreach and charitable care for the un- and under-insured. Bronson also serves the largest percentage of Medicaid patients of any Michigan hospital outside of southeast Michigan.



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