Awards, Quality

Spectrum Health Recognized for Quality

Named in the Top One Percent of Hospitals in Nation According to Healthgrades

February 21, 2017

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., February 21, 2017 – Spectrum Health Butterworth and Blodgett hospitals have received the Healthgrades® 2017 America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award™ for a third consecutive year (2015-2017). The distinction places Butterworth and Blodgett in the top one percent of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide for their consistent, year-over-year superior clinical performance as measured by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

In addition, Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital received the Healthgrades 2017 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical ExcellenceTM for the tenth consecutive year in January 2017 (2008-2017). Only 24 hospitals nationwide have earned this distinction for 10 years in a row.

“These Healthgrades honors are very important because they reflect the focused quality effort at Spectrum Health,” said J. Michael Kramer, MD, senior vice president and chief quality officer, Spectrum Health. “It is a significant accomplishment to be ranked so well among our national peers.”

“The Healthgrades analysis of clinical outcomes shows that there is tremendous variation in care, so it’s important for consumers to research and select a hospital that will provide high-quality care,” said Brad Bowman, chief medical officer, Healthgrades. “We commend the recipients of the America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award™ for delivering exceptional clinical outcomes, which will help them stand out from their peers.”

From 2013 through 2015, patients treated in hospitals achieving Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award™ have, on average, had a 26.1 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive this award, as measured across 19
rated conditions and procedures where mortality is the outcome. During this same period, if all other hospitals, as a group, had performed at the level of America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award™ recipients across these 19 procedures and conditions, on average 176,473 lives could potentially have been saved. For example, patients treated at a hospital that has achieved the America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award™ had, on average, a 29.9 percent lower risk of dying during their hospital stay for Heart Failure than if treated at a hospital that did not receive the award.*

The 50 recipients of the America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award™ stand out among the rest for overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of care. During the 2017 study period (2013-2015), 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). To learn more about how Healthgrades determines America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award™ recipients, please visit

*Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2013 through 2015 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 $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.

Susan Krieger
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