Spectrum Health Hospitals in Grand Rapids and Greenville Rated Among 100 Top Hospitals

Spectrum Health Hospitals Only Ranked Hospitals in Grand Rapids

An annual study released this week recognized several Spectrum Health hospitals as being among the 100 best hospitals in the country based on overall organizational performance.

Spectrum Health Hospital Group – Grand Rapids and Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville were named among the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals®: National Benchmarks. The Spectrum Health Hospital Group – Grand Rapids recognition includes Butterworth Hospital, Blodgett Hospital and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. They were the only hospitals in Grand Rapids to earn this honor.

This distinction is awarded because of the Thomson Reuters’ annual study that examines changing performance levels in U.S. hospitals and objectively identifies hospitals based on their overall organizational performance. The winners were announced in the March 28 issue of Modern Healthcare magazine.

“Spectrum Health continues to be recognized for its dedication and commitment to excellent patient care,” said Matt VanVranken, executive vice president, Spectrum Health System, president, Spectrum Health Hospital Group. “Our focus on providing high quality care at low cost translates into great value for West Michigan. Our employees and physicians make this performance possible.”

The Thomson Reuters study evaluates performance in 10 areas: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length of stay, expenses, profitability, patient satisfaction, adherence to clinical standards of care, and post-discharge mortality and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure and pneumonia. The study has been conducted annually since 1993. This is the eighth time Spectrum Health has earned the recognition since its creation in 1997.

To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Thomson Reuters researchers evaluated 2,914 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals. They used public information – Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website. Hospitals do not apply, and winners do not pay to market this honor.

If all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in these 100 Top Hospitals award winners:
• Nearly 116,000 additional patients would survive each year.
• More than 197,000 patient complications would be avoided annually.
• Expense per adjusted discharge would drop by $462.
• The average patient stay would decrease by half a day.

If the same standards were applied to all inpatients, the impact would be even greater. For more information, visit www.100tophospitals.com.

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 includes nine hospitals and more than 170 service sites; the Spectrum Health Medical Group and West Michigan Heart, physician groups totaling more than 600 providers; and Priority Health, a health plan with 600,000 members. Spectrum Health is West Michigan’s largest employer with 17,000 employees. The organization provided $115.9 million in community benefit during its 2010 fiscal year. In 2010, Spectrum Health was named a Top 10 Health System by Thomson Reuters.