Bronson Ranked Among Top 20% of Health Systems in the Nation

Published on June 06, 2018

Bronson Ranked Among Top 20% of Health Systems in the Nation

IBM Watson Health recently released its annual 15 Top Health Systems study which identifies the nation’s top performing health systems based on data from 2013 through 2016. The report evaluated 338 health systems and 2,422 health system member hospitals across nine clinical and operational performance benchmarks.

Bronson Healthcare was ranked in the top quintile of U.S. health systems for achieving care consistency and alignment across all three of its hospitals– Bronson Battle Creek, Bronson Methodist and Bronson LakeView. *
According to the 2018 study, key factors separating top performing health systems from others include:

  • Fewer in-hospital deaths
  • Fewer complications and infections
  • Shorter length of stay
  • Shorter emergency department wait times
  • Lower spend
  • Higher patient satisfaction

Cheryl Knapp, vice president and chief quality officer for Bronson Healthcare, says, “Our vision is to deliver an exceptional healthcare experience for every person, every time. To do so across all care sites requires well-deployed standard s and measures along with a high degree of coordination and connectivity between care teams and our electronic health record. Everyone at Bronson is extremely proud to learn our overall performance as a health system is among the top 20% in the nation, and we’d like our patients to know that we are committed to continuing to raise that bar.”

IBM Watson Health’s research is based on clinical, operational, financial, and patient perception-of-care measures that form a balanced scorecard. By finding ways to take balanced performance to the next level, health systems are identifying opportunities to deliver greater value to patients, communities, and payers.

"Intuitively, many healthcare professionals have believed for years that individual hospital alignment is a key to health system success, but alignment has been difficult to quantify. Put simply, we wanted to determine how well health systems are achieving the goal of delivering a consistent patient experience in each of their facilities, and start benchmarking that performance each year," said Jean Chenoweth, Senior Program Director, 100 Top Hospitals Programs, IBM Watson Health. "Based on our data, it is clear that better hospital alignment does indeed play a role in overall health system performance, and it is something we will be investigating further."

Formerly known as the Truven Health Analytics 15 Top Health Systems, the study has been conducted annually since 2008. No hospital or health system can opt in or out. The research is based on public data including Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review data, Healthcare Associated Infections and patient satisfaction data from the CMS Hospital Compare website.

*Bronson South Haven joined Bronson in 2017 and will be included in 2019 study results.