Bronson Quality Ranked Among Top Five Percent in Nation For Third Consecutive Year - Bronson Healthcare

Published on January 26, 2011

Bronson Quality Ranked Among Top Five Percent in Nation For Third Consecutive Year

For a third consecutive year, Bronson Methodist Hospital has been recognized as a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence ™ in an independent study conducted by HealthGrades, the nation’s most trusted source of health care provider information. This distinction secures Bronson’s place among the top five percent of hospitals in the nation for overall clinical quality.

HealthGrades Hospital Quality and Clinical Excellence study, released January 26, 2011, helps consumers evaluate and compare hospital quality. It objectively identifies those hospitals in the U.S. with the best overall clinical performance across 26 common medical diagnoses and procedures.

“Bronson Methodist Hospital can be proud of the contributions of its physicians, nurses and staff in achieving outstanding patient care,” said Dr. Rick May, HealthGrades vice president of clinical quality services and co-author of the study. “The Kalamazoo community is fortunate to have access to some of the highest quality hospital care in the nation.”

HealthGrades study analyzed Medicare patient data from virtually every hospital in the country (approximately 40 million Medicare discharges for years 2007, 2008, 2009) and assigned a 1-star, 3-star or 5-star performance rating. A 1-star rating means that the hospital performed below average, to a statistically significant degree, when compared with nearly 5,000 other hospitals. A 3-star rating means the hospital's performance was average, and a 5-star rating means the hospital outperformed the national average to a statistically significant degree.

Bronson is one of just 268 hospitals to achieve overall quality outcomes high enough to be named a 2011 Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence™;. It is currently 5-star rated for: Treatment of Heart Attack; Treatment of Heart Failure; Treatment of Pneumonia ; Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease; Treatment of Stroke; Treatment of Sepsis ; Treatment of Bowel Obstruction; Treatment of Gastrointestinal Bleed; Gastrointestinal Surgical Procedures; Total Knee Replacement Surgery and Total Hip Replacement Surgery.

HealthGrades’ research indicates patients who receive care at a top performing hospital like Bronson have a 29.82 percent lower risk of dying while hospitalized, and 1.91 percent lower risk of having in-hospital complications. If all hospitals in the U.S. performed to this standard, 158,684 Medicare lives could potentially have been saved and 3,511 Medicare in-hospital complications could potentially have been avoided.

“Bronson has been measured against the top hospitals in the nation in multiple studies over multiple years, and we are very proud of the consistently high quality ratings we are achieving,” said Bronson President and CEO, Frank Sardone. “Our staff’s commitment to exceptional care is evident in these results and affirms to patients and families that the care they receive at Bronson is, indeed, among the very best in the nation.”

As part of this study, HealthGrades rates each of the nation’s 5,000 nonfederal hospitals in 26 procedures and diagnoses, allowing individuals to compare their local hospitals online at HealthGrades’ hospital ratings are independently created; no hospital can opt-in or opt-out of being rated, and no hospital pays to be rated. Mortality and complication rates are risk adjusted, which takes into account differing levels of severity of patient illness at different hospitals and allows for hospitals to be compared equally.

HealthGrades is the leading independent health care ratings organization, providing quality ratings, profiles and cost information on the nation's hospitals, physicians, and nursing homes. Millions of patients and many of the nation’s largest employers, health plans and hospitals rely on HealthGrades’ quality ratings, advisory services and decision-support resources. The HealthGrades Network of Web sites, including and, is a top-ten health property according to comScore and is the Internet's leading destination for patients choosing providers. More information on how HealthGrades guides Americans to their best health can be found at

Bronson Methodist Hospital, located in Kalamazoo, Mich., is the flagship hospital of a not-for-profit healthcare system serving southwest Michigan and northern Indiana. With 405 licensed beds and all private rooms, Bronson Methodist Hospital provides care in virtually every specialty 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; and in obstetrics and pediatrics as the leading birthplace, only high-risk pregnancy center and only children’s hospital in southwest Michigan.

Bronson serves the largest percentage of Medicaid patients in the area and provides a substantial benefit to the community annually 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, Bronson received the AHA McKesson Quest for Quality Prize awarded annually to only one U.S. hospital, was named one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals by Thomson Reuters, and joined the top five percent of hospitals in the nation to be designated a Magnet Hospital for Nursing Excellence. For the past three years, Bronson has also been ranked in the top five percent of hospitals in the nation as a HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence.