Spectrum Health Grand Rapids Hospitals Receive America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award™ for 6th Year in a Row

GRAND RAPIDS, MIFeb. 11, 2020 – Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital and Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital have received the Healthgrades 2019 America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award™ for a sixth consecutive year (2015-2020).

 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, the leading online resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems.

“This recognition reflects the dedication of our teams, who are committed to providing exceptional care to our patients each day,” said Gwen Sandefur, chief care transformation officer, Spectrum Health and president, Spectrum Health Hospital Group.  “We are honored to help our patients heal and achieve better health and are proud to be recognized for the excellent care our teams provide. Together we are creating a healthier West Michigan.”

With February being Heart Month, it also is worth noting that Spectrum Health’s Butterworth and Blodgett Hospitals are the only hospitals in West Michigan1 to receive the America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery for two years in a row (2019-2020) and the only hospitals in Michigan to receive the Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award for 10 years in a row (2011-2020).

From 2016 through 2018, patients treated in hospitals achieving the 50 Best Hospitals award had, on average, a 27.1% 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 that same period, if all hospitals performed similarly to those achieving the Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award, 188,768 lives could potentially have been saved. For example, patients treated for heart failure at a hospital that achieved the award had, on average, a 33.8% lower risk of dying during their hospital stay than if treated at a hospital that did not receive the award. *

“The recipients of the Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award are committed to high quality standards throughout the entire organization,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Healthgrades. “We congratulate the recipients of this award as they provide the best care possible for their patients.”

Recipients of the Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award stand out among the rest for overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of care. During the 2020 study period (2016 through 2018), 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).

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1West Michigan is defined as Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola, Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon and Ottawa Counties in Michigan.

 *Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2016 through 2018 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.





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 $550 million in community benefit in calendar year 2019. Thanks to the generosity of our communities, we received $37 million in philanthropy 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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