Healthgrades Names Bronson Battle Creek Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Patient Safety - Bronson Healthcare

Published on April 05, 2016

Healthgrades Names Bronson Battle Creek Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Patient Safety

Bronson Battle Creek has been named a recipient of the Healthgrades 2016 Patient Safety Excellence Award™, a designation that recognizes superior performance in hospitals that have prevented the occurrence of serious, potentially avoidable complications for patients during hospital stays.


This distinction places Bronson Battle Creek among the top five percent of hospitals in the nation for its excellent performance as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

“Being nationally recognized for patient safety shows that our doctors, nurses and staff continue to raise the bar on the quality and safety of the care we provide,” said Jim McKernan, Bronson Battle Creek’s chief operating officer. “This award assures the community that we are among the top healthcare organizations in the country for keeping hospitalized patients safe and that they can choose us with confidence.”

On average, 270,457 patient safety events could have been avoided if all hospitals, as a group from 2012 from 2014, performed similarly to hospitals performing better than expected on each of 14 patient safety indicators evaluated by Healthgrades.

Patients treated in hospitals receiving Healthgrades 2016 Patient Safety Excellence Award were, compared to non-recipients, on average:

  • 40.2% less likely to experience an accidental puncture or laceration during a procedure,
  • 44.2% less likely to experience a collapsed lung due to a procedure or surgery in or around the chest,
  • 54.4% less likely to experience catheter-related blood stream infections,
  • 50.4% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital.

“The recipients of the Healthgrades 2016 Patient Safety Excellence Award have not only found ways to reduce patient safety events, but to outperform expectations in prevention of safety incidents,” said Evan Marks, Chief Strategy Officer, Healthgrades. “We applaud these hospitals for their performance and for their organizational commitment to delivering high-quality care.”

During the study period (2012-2014), Healthgrades 2016 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient hospitals performed with excellence in providing safety for patients in the Medicare population, as measured by objective outcomes (risk-adjusted patient safety indicator rates) for 14 patient safety indicators defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

For more information about Healthgrades or to download a full copy of the report or to receive information about hospital and physician quality, visit: www.Healthgrades.com/quality today.