Frank Sardone Honored With 2006 Changemaker Award - Bronson Healthcare

Published on November 30, 2006

KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Healthcare leader Frank J. Sardone, president and CEO of Bronson Healthcare Group, is the recipient of the 2006 Changemaker Award from The Center for Health Design (CHD). Selected by CHD's Board of Directors, The Changemaker honors individuals or organizations who have demonstrated exceptional ability to make change happen.

In December 2000 under Sardone’s leadership, Bronson completed a $210 million project to redevelop its campus into a new, all-private room facility utilizing light, nature, art, and music to create an environment that fosters healing and wellness. Bronson has been nationally recognized not only for the new facility, but also for excellence in patient care, its culture of excellence, and the quality of its workforce. As one of the first hospitals in the country to have all private rooms, research contributed by Bronson Methodist Hospital has been a major influence on the new guidelines from the American Institute of Architects calling for private rooms in all hospital construction.

'At The Center, we consider Bronson to be the closest example we have of a Fable Hospital – one that invested in evidence-based design, measured its outcome on patients and staff, and has realized a return on that investment many times over,' said Rosalyn Cama, president of CAMA Inc. and chair of The Center for Health Design's board of directors, who presented the award at the Healthcare Design conference in Chicago. 'And while Frank will tell you that it was a team effort, without his visionary leadership, it couldn’t have happened,' she stated.

Past recipients of CHD’s Changemaker Award include Robin Orr, one of the original directors of Planetree; healthcare futurist Leland Kaiser; Bill Thomas, the founder of the Eden Alternative; designer and author Cindy Liebrock; nurse executive Ann Hendrich; futurist Russ Coile; and architect and green design advocate Robin Guenther.

Sardone joined Bronson in 1988 and assumed his current role in 1996. Also in 1996, he received the Michigan American College of Healthcare Executives Regent’s Young Healthcare Leader Award. He has served on the boards of numerous professional organizations including The Center for Health Design, Center for Healthcare Governance, Michigan Hospital Association, and Michigan Hospital Association Insurance Company.

Active in his community, Sardone serves as chair of the Greater Kalamazoo United Way, and is a board member of Southwest Michigan First and Downtown Kalamazoo, Inc.

The Center for Health Design is a nonprofit research and advocacy organization of forward-thinking healthcare, elder care, design, and construction professionals and product manufacturers who are leading the quest to improve the quality of healthcare facilities and create new environments for healthy aging.

About Bronson Methodist Hospital

Bronson Methodist Hospital, located at 601 John Street in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan, is the flagship of Bronson Healthcare Group, a not-for-profit healthcare system serving all of southwest Michigan and northern Indiana. With 343 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 JCAHO certified Primary Stroke Center; in cardiac care as the region’s only accredited Chest Pain Center; in obstetrics as the leading BirthPlace and only high-risk pregnancy center in southwest Michigan, and in pediatrics as one of only four children's hospitals in the state. The hospital is the recipient of the 2005 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest presidential honor for quality and organizational performance excellence, and was named one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals for 2005 by Solucient.

Bronson Healthcare Group is one of Kalamazoo’s largest employers and is currently ranked by both FORTUNE and Working Mother magazines as one of the nation’s 100 best companies to work for. With a workforce of more than 4,000, Bronson makes a significant contribution to the local economy. In 2005, Bronson provided more than $48 million in community benefits through outreach and charitable care for the un- and under-insured. Bronson also serves the largest percentage of Medicaid patients of any Michigan hospital outside of the Detroit area.