Awards, Quality

Spectrum Health Grand Rapids Hospitals Receive America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award™ for 5th Year in a Row

Only Michigan Hospitals to Earn Three Cardiac Distinctions

Grand Rapids, Mich., Feb. 12, 2019 – Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital and Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital have received the Healthgrades 2019 America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award™ for a fifth consecutive year (2015-2019).

 The distinction places these hospitals in the top one percent of more than 4,500 hospitals assessed nationwide, for consistent, year-over-year superior clinical performance as measured by Healthgrades, a leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

“Being ranked among the top one percent in the nation is an honor. It is a great reflection of the people who provide exceptional care at Spectrum Health on behalf of our patients,” said Gwen Sandefur, President, Spectrum Health Hospital Group.  “This recognition validates the excellent outcomes and care provided by our caregivers. It translates to better care and value for our West Michigan communities.”

As February is Heart Awareness Month, Spectrum Health’s Butterworth and Blodgett hospitals also were the only hospitals in Michigan to receive all three cardiac distinctions: America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention; America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care; and America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery Awards in 2019.

From 2015 through 2017, patients treated in hospitals achieving the Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals award had, on average, a 27.1 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award, as measured across 19 rated conditions and procedures for which mortality is the outcome.*

During this same period, if all hospitals performed similarly to those achieving the award, 182,721 lives could have been saved. For example, patients treated for heart attack in hospitals achieving the Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award have, on average, a 25.2 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.*

“Healthgrades congratulates the recipients of the America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for their proven commitment to exceptional care,” said Brad Bowman, Chief Medical Officer at Healthgrades. “Our analysis shows that care quality can vary significantly between hospitals, but consumers can use sources like Healthgrades to research and select the best hospital for their care.”

Recipients of the Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award are recognized for overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of care. During the 2019 study period (2015 through 2017), these hospitals showed superior performance in clinical outcomes for patients in the Medicare population across at least 21 of 32 most common inpatient conditions and procedures — as measured by objective performance data (risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications).

To learn more about how Healthgrades determines award recipients, and for more information on Healthgrades Quality Solutions, please visit www.healthgrades.com/quality.

*Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2015 through 2017 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

 

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Spectrum Health, 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, 4,300 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, 155 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.

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