Awards, Spectrum Health Medical Group

Spectrum Health Receives National Ranking From U.S. News & World Report

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., August 8, 2017 – Spectrum Health has been ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report in its Best Hospitals 2017-18 rankings. It also was recognized as high-performing in five medical specialties.

Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital and Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital placed 43rd in pulmonology in the national rankings. The hospitals also were recognized as high-performing in diabetes and endocrinology; gastroenterology and GI surgery; nephrology; neurology and neurosurgery; and urology.

In addition to the specialties, U.S. News also ranked hospitals in areas called Common Adult Procedure and Condition Ratings. Spectrum Health’s two adult hospitals were ranked as high performing in: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, colon cancer surgery, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), knee replacement surgery, hip replacement surgery and lung cancer surgery.

“We are honored to be ranked among the best hospitals in the country and to have so many specialties and conditions considered high-performing,” said Christina Freese Decker, executive vice president, chief operating officer, Spectrum Health. “It is a tremendous reflection on our physicians and employees, and underscores our commitment to providing value and quality to West Michigan.”

For the 2017-18 rankings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. In the 16 specialty areas, 152 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty. In rankings by state and metro area, U.S. News recognized hospitals as high performing across multiple areas of care. The U.S. News methodologies include risk-adjusted survival and readmission rates, volume, patient experience, patient safety, quality of nursing care and other care-related indicators.

“For nearly three decades, we’ve strived to make hospital quality more transparent to healthcare consumers nationwide,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “By providing the most comprehensive data available, we hope to give patients the information they need to find the best care across a range of specialties.”

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Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system, based in West Michigan, offering a full continuum of care through the Spectrum Health Hospital Group, which is comprised of 12 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital; 180 ambulatory and service sites; 3,400 physicians and advanced practice providers, including 1,500 members of the Spectrum Health Medical Group; and Priority Health, a health plan with 783,000 members. Spectrum Health is West Michigan’s largest employer, with 25,600 employees. The organization provided $372 million in community benefit during its 2017 fiscal year. Spectrum Health was named one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems—and in the top five among the largest health systems—in 2017 by Truven Health Analytics®, part of IBM Watson HealthTM. This is the sixth time the organization has received this recognition.

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