National Study Names Spectrum Health Hospitals Among the Best Nationally

Healthgrades Study of Patient Outcomes Rates Nearly 4,500 Hospitals, Finds Grand Rapids Hospitals Among Best in Multiple Fields

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., October 26, 2015 – Several of Spectrum Health’s hospitals have achieved some of Healthgrades® top honors, including America’s 50 Best Hospitals, and  America’s 100 Best Hospitals for multiple specialties.

Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital and Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital were recognized among America’s 50 Best™ Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery for the second consecutive year. Moreover, they are included in America’s 100 Best™ Hospitals for Cardiac Care for the third year in a row and are recipients of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention for two years in a row.

In addition to recognition for cardiovascular care, the hospitals achieved America’s 100 Best™ Hospitals for General Surgery, Gastrointestinal Care, and Critical Care. Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital received 5 star ratings in treatment of pneumonia and sepsis, and Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville received 5 stars in treatment of pneumonia, bowel obstruction, and sepsis. All of Spectrum Health’s Healthgrades hospital achievements can be searched at http://www.healthgrades.com.

“It is an honor to be nationally recognized by Healthgrades for our high performing hospitals and teams,” said Spectrum Health Hospital Group President Tina Freese-Decker.  “The rankings highlight the excellent outcomes and exceptional care provided by Spectrum Health caregivers. This translates to better care and value for our West Michigan communities.”

Healthgrades evaluated nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 33 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions and identified the 50 and 100 best-performing hospitals across all conditions or procedures within these specialties.

“Spectrum Health has made it a priority to deliver high-quality care and to improve patient safety,” said Michael Kramer, M.D., senior vice president and chief quality officer, Spectrum Health. “We are proud that our efforts are recognized once again by an organization focused on health care quality improvement and consumer transparency.”

Additional Healthgrades achievements include:

Spectrum Butterworth and Blodgett:

  • One of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Gastrointestinal Care™ for 3 Years in a Row (2014-2016)
  • One of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for General Surgery™ for 3 Years in a Row (2014-2016)
  • One of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Critical Care™ for 4 Years in a Row (2013-2016)
  • Recipient of Healthgrades® ‘America’s 50 Best Hospitals’ Award™ in 2015
  • Recipient of Healthgrades® ‘America’s 100 Best Hospitals’ Award™ for 4 Years in a Row (2012-2015)
  • Recipient of the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award – Clinical Excellence™ for 8 Years in a Row (2008-2015)
  • Recipient of the Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ for 2 Years in a Row (2014-2015)
  • Recipient of the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™ for 2 Years in a Row (2014-2015)

Spectrum Health Zeeland:

  • Recipient of the Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ for 8 Years in a Row (2009-2015)
  • Recipient of the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™ for 3 Years in a Row (2013-2015)

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide, and assessed hospital performance relative to each of 33 common conditions and procedures. Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5 star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3 star (not statistically different from expected), and 1 star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories. The complete Healthgrades 2016 Report to the Nation with detailed cohort-specific outcomes data, hospital-specific quality achievements, and detailed study methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality.

Spectrum Health System, a not-for-profit, integrated health system, is committed to improving the health and wellness of our communities. We live our mission every day with 31,000 compassionate professionals, 4,600 medical staff experts, 3,300 committed volunteers and a health plan serving 1 million members. Our talented physicians and caregivers are privileged to offer a full continuum of care and wellness services to our communities through 14 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, 150 ambulatory sites and telehealth offerings. We pursue health care solutions for today and tomorrow that diversify our offerings. Locally-governed and based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, our health system provided $585 million in community benefit in fiscal year 2019. Thanks to the generosity of our communities, we received $30 million in philanthropy in the most recent fiscal year to support research, academics, innovation and clinical care. Spectrum Health has been recognized as one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics®, part of IBM Watson HealthTM.

Bruce Rossman
Media Relations
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Email: bruce.rossman@spectrumhealth.org