Awards, Quality, Spectrum Health West Michigan

Spectrum Health One of Five Top Large Health Systems

Earns 15 Top Systems Honor for Sixth Year

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., April 24, 2017 – Spectrum Health was again named one of the 15 top health systems and one of the top five largest health systems in the nation by Truven Health Analytics®, based on key performance measures. This is the sixth time since 2010 that Spectrum Health has received this honor.

The 15 Top Health Systems® study is by Truven Health Analytics®, part of the IBM Watson HealthTM business and evaluates health systems with the highest overall achievement on a balanced scorecard. The scorecard focuses on five performance domains: inpatient outcomes, process of care, extended outcomes, efficiency and patient experience.

This year’s study included 337 health systems with 2,924 hospitals.

“Spectrum Health is honored to be recognized as one of the top five large health systems in the country. To receive this commendation six times is quite an achievement,” said Richard C. Breon, President & CEO, Spectrum Health. “This hard-won recognition is a reflection of the integrated work our hospitals, physicians and health plan are doing across our entire system to improve the health of the communities we serve.”

Based on the results of this year’s study, winning health systems were able to achieve the following compared to non-winning peer systems:

  • 5 percent shorter wait times in the emergency department.
  • 4 percent fewer in-hospital deaths.
  • 5 percent fewer complications.
  • 2 percent shorter length of hospital stays.

“The study recognizes these 15 health systems that have proven it is possible to drive down expense while improving the quality of care,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and the 100 Top Hospitals® program at Truven Health Analytics. “More importantly, the leaders of these health systems are demonstrating the power of aligning best practices across multiple hospitals to achieve greater levels of efficiency while delivering higher overall standards of care.”

The winning health systems were announced in the April 24th edition of Modern Healthcare magazine. More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at

People are at the heart of everything we do, and the inspiration for our long and continuing legacy of strong community partnerships, philanthropy and transparency. Our award-winning team improves health, inspires hope and saves lives across 13 counties in West Michigan. We bring together 11 hospitals—including Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, with expert care from 350+ pediatric specialists in 70+ specialties and programs—three rehabilitation and nursing centers, 120 outpatient sites and telehealth services. We are proud to work with 4,000 physicians and advanced practice providers, including Spectrum Health Medical Group, one of the largest and most comprehensive multispecialty physician groups in West Michigan.

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