Bronson Methodist Hospital Top-Rated for Quality - Bronson Healthcare

Published on October 14, 2008

According to a new study released today by HealthGrades, the leading healthcare ratings company, Bronson Methodist Hospital ranks in the top 10 percent or better of hospitals in the nation for: orthopedic surgery (such as total knee replacement); spine surgery (such as spinal fusion); joint replacement surgery (such as hip replacement surgery); and pulmonary care (such as treating pneumonia).

“Receiving analysis and recognition from organizations like HealthGrades helps us benchmark our quality and validates how well Bronson is performing compared to other hospitals locally, regionally and nationally,” said Cheryl Knapp, Bronson’s vice president of quality and safety. “The data assures the public that Bronson’s medical staff and employees are working hard to provide the best possible care and are achieving outstanding results. It is an honor to be recognized as a leader in so many specialties.”

Bronson Methodist Hospital scored well across a broad array of specialty areas, receiving five-star ratings for:

    • Treatment of Heart Failure

    • Total Knee Replacement Surgery

    • Total Hip Replacement Surgery

    • Back and Neck Surgery without spinal fusion

    • Back and Neck Surgery with Spinal Fusion

    • Treatment of Sepsis (infection of the blood)

    • Treatment of Pulmonary Embolism

    • Treatment of Diabetic Acidosis and Coma

    • Treatment of Pneumonia

    • Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

    • Treatment of Gastrointestinal Bleed

    • Treatment of Bowel Obstruction

    • Prostatectomy (prostate surgery)

These findings were included in the 11th annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study, which analyzed more than 41 million Medicare hospitalization records from 2005 to 2007 at the nation’s approximately 5,000 non-federal hospitals.

The study reports that patients treated at top-rated hospitals like Bronson have a 70 percent lower chance of dying compared with the lowest-rated hospitals across 17 common procedures and conditions, ranging from heart attack and pneumonia care to respiratory failure.

While overall death rates declined from 2005 to 2007, the nation’s best-performing hospitals were able to reduce preventable deaths at a much faster rate than poor-performing hospitals, resulting in large state, regional and hospital-to-hospital variations in the quality of patient care, the study found.

Based on the study, HealthGrades makes available its 2009 quality ratings for virtually every hospital in the country at, a Web site designed to help individuals research and compare local healthcare providers.

On the Web site, HealthGrades offers, free to consumers, quality ratings of 27 procedures and treatments for virtually every hospital in the country. The website is designed so that consumers can easily compare patient outcomes at their local hospitals for procedures ranging from total knee surgery to cardiac bypass surgery. Each hospital receives a star rating based on its patient outcomes in terms of mortality or complication rates for each procedure or treatment. For example, complications can include hospital-acquired infections, heart and lung difficulties during or after surgery, and excessive bleeding.

Hospitals with outcomes that are above average to a statistically significant degree receive a five-star rating. Hospitals with average outcomes receive a three-star rating, and hospitals with outcomes that are below average receive a one-star rating. Because no two hospitals or their patients’ risk profiles are alike, HealthGrades employs extensive risk-adjustment algorithms to ensure that it is making analogous comparisons.

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; has been recognized the last two years by VHA Inc., a national health care provider alliance, with its Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence; and is also the recipient of the 2007 Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals Performance Improvement Leaders award. Learn more about Bronson's achievements.