President & CEO
Frank J. Sardone is responsible for overall leadership of Bronson Healthcare, a regional system serving ten counties in southwest Michigan. A national leader in healthcare quality, Bronson is an innovative, award-winning organization that partners with patients and families to achieve an exceptional care experience.
Bronson has been recognized nationally for excellence in patient care, its culture of excellence, its facilities and the quality of its workforce. Recent organizational achievements include:
- Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (2005)
- Michigan Quality Leadership Award (2001, 2005)
- Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospital (2006, 2010, 2011)
- Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospital for Heart Care (2008)
- AHA-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize (2009)
- Becker’s Hospital Review’s “100 Great Hospitals” (2012)
- Magnet Hospital for Nursing Excellence (2009-2017)
- Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence (2009-2013)
- FORTUNE magazine’s list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” (2004-2006)
- Working Mother’s “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” (2003-2008, 2010-2012)
- National Research Corporation’s Consumer Choice Award (2003-2013)
- Practice Greenhealth Environmental Leadership Circle Award (2003-2013)
Sardone received both a bachelor’s degree in 1979 and a Master of Business Administration in 1981 from the University of Kentucky. He joined Bronson in 1988 and assumed his current role in 1996. Also in 1996, Sardone received the Michigan ACHE Regent’s Young Healthcare Leader Award. In 2000 under his leadership, Bronson Methodist Hospital completed a $210 million redevelopment of its campus into a new, all-private room facility utilizing light, nature, art and music to foster healing. For this work, Sardone was named the 2006 recipient of the Center for Health Design’s Changemaker Award. Sardone has served on the boards of numerous professional organizations including the Center for Health Design, Center for Healthcare Governance, Michigan Hospital Association (Chairman in 2009) and Michigan Hospital Association Insurance Company. Active in his community, Sardone is a board member of Southwest Michigan First; Kalamazoo Institute of Arts; Gilmore Keyboard Festival; Kalamazoo Community Foundation; Kalamazoo Promise Accountability Team; and W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. In the past he has served on the community boards of Downtown Kalamazoo, Inc., Greater Kalamazoo United Way (Chair in 2006), Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Ministry with Community, and Hospice of Greater Kalamazoo.