Awards, Quality, Spectrum Health Hospital Group

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

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 $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.

Bruce Rossman
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