Zeeland Community Hospital

Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital Named One of the Nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by IBM Watson Health

March 6, 2018

Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital was just named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by IBM Watson HealthTM. Formerly known as the Truven Health Analytics® 100 Top Hospitals, this study spotlights the top-performing hospitals in the U.S. based on a balanced scorecard of publicly available clinical, operational and patient satisfaction metrics and data.

The Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals® study uses independent and objective research to analyze hospital and health system performance in 11 areas. The study has been conducted annually since 1993.

In addition, Zeeland Community Hospital is one of only 13 hospitals in the nation to achieve Everest 2018 Award distinction. This honor is reserved for hospitals that earned the 100 Top Hospitals designations and also are among the 100 top for rate of improvement over five years. It means that the leadership team, medical staff, and employees have achieved national benchmarks for balanced performance in patient care, operational efficiency and financial stability.

“It is an honor to receive national recognition for living the mission of improving the health of our community,” said Ron Lewis, President, Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital. “Everest Award status means that our continuous efforts for advancement in the areas of quality, safety and patient experience are sensed in the care we provide to our patients.”

Based on the results of this year’s study, if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities:

  • More than 102,000 additional lives could be saved;
  • More than 43,000 additional patients could be complication-free;
  • More than $4.4 billion in inpatient costs could be saved;
  • Approximately 200,000 fewer discharged patients would be readmitted within 30 days.

“The country’s best hospitals have proven that an unrelenting focus on quality, supported by constant measurement against peer performance benchmarks, can drive improved outcomes while reducing costs and growing profit margins,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president, 100 Top Hospitals Programs, IBM Watson Health. “Congratulations to this 25th anniversary class of 100 Top Hospitals who have helped raise the bar for healthcare in the U.S. and improve the healthcare experiences of the people in their communities.”

The winning hospitals were announced in the March 5th edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

For more information, visit www.100tophospitals.com.


About IBM Watson Health

Watson Health is a business unit of IBM that is dedicated to the development and implementation of cognitive and data-driven technologies to advance health. Watson Health technologies are tackling a wide range of the world’s biggest healthcare challenges including cancer, diabetes, drug discovery and more. Learn more at ibm.com/watson/health.



For IBM Watson Health

Brian Erni, Roderick Public Relations


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; 3,600 physicians and advanced practice providers, including 1,500 members of the Spectrum Health Medical Group; and Priority Health, a health plan with 779,000 members. Spectrum Health is West Michigan’s largest employer, with 26,000 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.

Ashley Kiekintveld
Marketing and Communications
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Email: ashley.kiekintveld@spectrumhealth.org