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Kelsey Hospital Receives 2011 Michigan Rural Health Quality Improvement Awards of Excellence

November 14, 2011

Hospital Recognized for Inpatient Clinical Performance and Emergency Department Transfer Performance

LAKEVIEW, Mich., November 14, 2011 – Spectrum Health Kelsey Hospital in Lakeview received the Michigan Center for Rural Health’s 2011 Michigan Rural Health Quality Improvement Award for Quality Improvement Award – Award of Excellence.

The award acknowledges the hospital’s quality improvement efforts in inpatient clinical performance in the care and improving care related to emergency department transfers.

“Kelsey Hospital has shown exceptional commitment to providing their patients with high quality health care,” said John Barnas, Executive Director of the Michigan Center for Rural Health. “We are pleased to sponsor this award and recognize the dedication of hospital staff to provide the right care to the right patient each and every time.”

Kelsey Hospital is deeply committed to the tenets of quality improvement that embrace evidence-based medicine to improve health outcomes,” said, Brian Brasser, Chief Nursing Officer, Spectrum Health Kelsey Hospital. “Every day, our staff is demonstrating that we are providing the very best in medical care to our local communities.”

Employees at the hospital embraced evidence-based medicine in order to review their current processes and create interventions that improved inpatient care and emergency department transfers. Clinical indicators for the 2011 Michigan Rural Health Quality Improvement Award – Award of Excellence in inpatient and outpatient clinical performance were based on the Appropriate Care Measure (ACM), a composite score of 95-100 percent that captures whether or not a patient received all the care that he or she was eligible to receive.

The Quality Improvement Achievement Award in emergency department transfer performance is based on an ED transfer score of 98-100 percent.

The staff and medical staff of Kelsey Hospital were honored by The Michigan Center for Rural Health at an awards ceremony during the 12th Annual Michigan Critical Access Hospital Conference October 27, 2011 in Gaylord, Mich. The Michigan Center for Rural Health is a non-profit organization formed in 1991 as part of a nation-wide, federal and state initiative to recognize the importance of rural health care and to create a mechanism for resources to flow to rural areas.

About Spectrum Health United Memorial

Spectrum Health United Memorial is committed to providing excellent personal care and service through state-of-the-art technology and qualified, caring professionals. Spectrum Health United Memorial is comprised of United Hospital in Greenville, Kelsey Hospital in Lakeview, the Spectrum Health United Memorial Foundation and United Lifestyles. Spectrum Health United Hospital provides local access to quality care through the region’s largest health care system.

About Spectrum Health

Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system in West Michigan offering a full continuum of care through the Spectrum Health Hospital Group, which is comprised of nine hospitals including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, a state of the art children’s hospital that opened in January 2011, and 190 service sites; the Spectrum Health Medical Group and West Michigan Heart, physician groups totaling more than 700 providers; and Priority Health, a health plan with 600,000 members. Spectrum Health is West Michigan’s largest employer with more than 18,000 employees. The organization provided $176.5 million in community benefit during its 2011 fiscal year.