Bronson Recognized for Excellence in Cardiovascular Care

February 05, 2008


Bronson Methodist Hospital has recently received national recognition for quality of care and patient outcomes in cardiovascular care. The recognition comes from several third party organizations.


Bronson Methodist Hospital designated a cardiac specialty center


Bronson Methodist Hospital has been designated a UnitedHealth Premium(SM) cardiac specialty center, reflecting national recognition of its cardiac care services. Select hospitals in the UnitedHealthcare nationwide network are invited to apply for designation and are selected as leaders in providing cardiac care. To receive this designation, Bronson met extensive evidence- and consensus-based quality and efficiency criteria, including breadth of care, depth of care, staff experience, emergency care, and quality and data management.


Bronson receives excellence award for HeartAware program


Bronson has been awarded the 2007 Mark of Excellence Award from Byrne Healthcare. The award recognizes Bronson for being one of the few hospitals in the United States that has successfully sustained cardiovascular disease awareness in the public through ongoing communication about HeartAware. HeartAware is a cardiovascular patient referral program offered throughout the United States and is available at Bronson through an online heart risk assessment. The assessment program includes the Bronson Heart Scan is a painless, CT scan that can detect calcium buildup in the arteries of your heart - an early sign of heart disease.


Bronson Echocardiography Lab re-accredited


The Bronson Echocardiography Lab has been re-accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories. This accreditation recognizes the lab’s commitment to high quality patient care and the provision of quality diagnostic testing. Echocardiography is an ultrasound of the heart and is used to diagnose cardiovascular diseases. Bronson is one of five hospitals in the state, and the only hospital in southwest Michigan, with Pediatric Echo Accreditation.


Bronson’s Phase II Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation program re-certified


Bronson’s Phase II Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation program has earned re-certification by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. This certification is restricted to rehabilitation programs that demonstrate excellent service and care to cardiac patients and their families.


The cardiac rehabilitation program at Bronson is for anyone who has experienced a recent cardiac event, including heart attack, cardiac surgery, chest pain, or cardiac stent/balloon angioplasty. The program is designed by cardiologists and tailored to each patient's condition. The goal of cardiac rehabilitation is to restore the patient quickly and safely to a normal life and activity level.


Cardiovascular care at Bronson


Bronson’s teams of heart specialists are on staff 24/7, ready to diagnose and treat both adults and children. Cardiovascular services include prevention and education, early detection, minimally invasive procedures, surgical interventions, personalized rehabilitation programs, and home telemonitoring.


Bronson is best rated in southwest Michigan for overall cardiac care by Healthgrades®, one of the nation's leading authorities on hospital performance. Bronson also earned a five-star rating for the treatment of heart failure and atrial fibrillation (two years in a row). As southwest Michigan's first accredited and only Chest Pain Center operating within a hospital Emergency Department, Bronson offers special expertise in treating chest pain.