Quality at Bronson Methodist Hospital Among Top Five Percent in Nation

Published on January 19, 2016

Quality at Bronson Methodist Hospital Among Top Five Percent in Nation

Kalamazoo, MI – Bronson Methodist Hospital has been recognized by Healthgrades as a recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™. This distinction places Bronson among the top five percent of hospitals in the nation for overall clinical performance.   

Bronson Methodist Hospital is the only hospital in southwest Michigan to achieve this honor and is one of only 260 hospitals in the nation selected for achieving overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of care for 32 common inpatient conditions and procedures.

Bronson Methodist Hospital also received Healthgrades 2016 specialty awards including:  America’s 100 Best™ Hospitals for Spine Surgery, America’s 100 Best™ Hospitals for Stroke Care and America’s 50 Best™ Hospitals for Vascular Surgery.

“We are very proud to be delivering consistently high quality care to the thousands of patients and families who come to Bronson Methodist Hospital each year from communities throughout our region,” said Bronson President and CEO, Frank Sardone.  “Independent research such as this verifies that the highly skilled and coordinated care our teams provide is not only unique in our region, but among the best in the country.  It’s what we strive for and what our patients and families deserve and expect.”

Healthgrades is the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.  Its website provides transparent access to accurate, objective data so that consumers and physicians can make more informed decisions when it comes to finding and connecting with the right doctor or hospital. Its annual research study identifies the nation’s best performing hospitals based on an evaluation of objective measures of clinical quality at more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide.

“When it comes to hospital selection, two of the most important questions to consider are where you are most likely to have a complication-free hospital stay and which hospital offers the best chance of survival, both during the hospital stay and in the weeks that follow,” said Evan Marks, Chief Strategy Officer, Healthgrades. “Selecting a hospital that has achieved Healthgrades 2016 Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence award is one way to be confident that you will receive the right care.”

From 2012 through 2014, Healthgrades Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence, as a group, had a 26.5% lower risk adjusted in-hospital mortality rate across 19 procedures and conditions where mortality was the clinical outcome, compared to all other hospitals. During this same period, if all other hospitals performed at the level of Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence across these 19 procedures and conditions, 158,858 lives could potentially have been saved.

HealthGrades analyzed patient data (approximately 45 million Medicare patient records from 2012-2014) from over 4,500 acute care hospitals and categorized the results into star ratings and subsequently specialty awards:  1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected), 3-star (not statistically different from expected) and 5-star (statistically significantly better than expected).

Services at Bronson Methodist Hospital with 5-star ratings for 2016 include:

  • Heart failure treatment
  • Total knee replacement
  • Spinal fusion surgery
  • Cranial neurosurgery
  • Stroke treatment
  • COPD treatment
  • Pneumonia treatment
  • Abdominal aorta repair
  • Peripheral vascular bypass
  • Colorectal surgery
  • Gallbladder removal surgery
  • Sepsis treatment
  • Pulmonary embolism treatment
  • Respiratory failure treatment

Healthgrades evaluates hospitals solely on clinical outcomes analyzing data from Medicare for risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications.  This takes into account differing levels of severity of patient illness at different hospitals and allows for hospitals to be compared equally. No hospital can opt-in or opt-out of being evaluated, and no hospital pays to be evaluated. For more information about Healthgrades or to download a copy of the 2016 report, visit www.healthgrades.com.