Bronson Recognized for Exemplary Surgical Care - Bronson Healthcare

Published on October 30, 2011

Bronson Recognized for Exemplary Surgical Care

Bronson Methodist Hospital has been recognized as one of 26 hospitals in the nation to deliver exemplary outcomes for surgical patients. The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) commends a select group of hospitals each year whose surgical outcomes are judged exemplary in at least two of five clinical categories. Bronson excelled in the prevention of blood clots and heart complications following abdominal and vascular surgeries.

“This is wonderful news for Bronson’s patients," says Mark Dittenbir, MD, medical director of Bronson Adult Surgical Services and NSQIP surgeon champion. “Our teams of surgeons, nurses and other caregivers have a goal of working with patients and families to deliver optimal care for every patient, every time. Our participation in NSQIP helps us know how our surgical care compares to that delivered at other major hospitals and this should feel assuring.”

The goal of ACS NSQIP is to reduce surgical morbidity (infection or illness related to a surgical procedure) and surgical mortality (death related to a surgical procedure) and to provide a firm foundation for surgeons to apply what is known as the “best scientific evidence” to the practice of surgery. Additionally, when adverse effects from surgical procedures are reduced and/or eliminated, a reduction in healthcare costs follows.

“It’s truly exciting to see our hard work toward increasing patient safety validated in this way,” Dr. Dittenbir continued. “Every surgery must be well-planned and well-performed to be a success. However, achieving such exemplary results reflects a real commitment from the entire institution to also do all the little things right -- before, during and after operation.”

ACS NSQIP is the only nationally validated quality improvement program that measures and enhances the care of surgical patients. As a participant in ACS NSQIP, Bronson is required to gather information on outcomes of inpatient and outpatient general and vascular surgical procedures. The program measures actual surgical results 30 days postoperatively and risks adjusts for differences in patient complexities, so various types of hospitals results can be fairly compared. Collecting and evaluating this data helps Bronson to continually refine its patient safety and quality improvements efforts.

About Bronson Methodist Hospital

BronsonMethodistHospital, located at601 John downtownKalamazoo,Mich., is the flagship of Bronson Healthcare Group, a not-for-profit healthcare system serving all of southwestMichiganand northernIndiana. With 405 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.

Bronson serves the largest percentage of Medicaid patients in the area and provides a substantial benefit to the community 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, the hospital received the AHA McKesson Quest for Quality Prize awarded annually to only one U.S. hospital and joined the top five percent of hospitals in the nation to be designated a Magnet Hospital for Nursing Excellence. Bronson is currently ranked in the top five percent of hospitals in the nation as a 2010-11 HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence and is one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals for 2011 according to Thomson Reuters. For more information, visit