Spectrum Health Listed Among U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals

Spectrum Health was named as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” in U.S. News & World Report.  The 2008 edition said Spectrum Health achieved a national ranking in the ear, nose and throat category.

This is the fourth time that Spectrum Health has been recognized in the annual Best Hospitals list. The organization has been named in nine categories overall. Spectrum Health was the only health care provider in West Michigan to be named in this year’s rankings.

“This national recognition reflects the commitment our physicians and staff have made in providing services on a level with the best hospitals in the country,” said Matt VanVranken, executive vice president, Spectrum Health System/president, Spectrum Health Grand Rapids. “Our focus has always been high-quality care. This listing underscores the achievements and abilities of our entire team.”

U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals rankings cover 170 hospitals in 16 adult specialties. The rankings are an assessment of the nation’s hospitals based on an index made up of three areas related to quality of care: reputation, mortality, and factors such as procedure volume and nursing care.

“The America’s Best Hospitals rankings provide readers with trusted material during some of life’s most concerning times-hospitalization,” said Brian Kelly, editor of U.S.News & World Report. “Our rankings highlight the internal culture of excellence embraced by caregivers in the great hospitals throughout the U.S.”

Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system in West Michigan that offers a full continuum of care through its seven hospitals, more than 140 service sites and 560,000-member health plan, Priority Health.  Spectrum Health’s 14,000 employees, 1,500 medical staff members and 2,000 volunteers are committed to delivering the highest quality care to those in medical need.  The organization provided $98.6 million in community benefit during its 2007 fiscal year. Spectrum Health has earned nearly 70 national awards during the past 10 years.