United Hospital

Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospitals Recognized for Outstanding Care Delivery

Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospitals are pleased to announce they have received four 2014 Governor’s Award of Excellence. Spectrum Health United Hospital received 2014 Governor’s Awards of Excellence for outstanding outpatient clinical achievement and reducing health care-associated infections in the acute care setting. Kelsey Hospital was recognized for outstanding outpatient clinical achievement and reducing health care-associated infections in the critical access setting.

To be eligible for the Governor’s Award, organizations must have achieved, maintained, and continually improved in specific areas of clinical care. Award-winning hospitals focused one or more key areas, including:

  • Reducing health care-associated infections
  • Improving clinical quality measures among acute care and critical access hospitals

“Our entire organization is dedicated to improving quality and patient safety,” said Brian Brasser, president, Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospitals. “These awards recognize the dedication our employees have every day to provide the Greenville, Lakeview and surrounding communities with excellent care.”

“Reducing hospital-acquired infections is of utmost importance to our hospitals,” continued Brasser. “While we are pleased that the Governor recognizes our efforts, we continue to build on our already rigorous initiatives to reduce infection rates.” 

Award criteria are based on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) quality improvement standards, National Quality Strategy, and Partnership for Patients. Recipients are recognized by MPRO, an independent nonprofit leader in health care quality improvement and medical review. MPRO is the federally designated Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for Michigan under contract with the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system, based in West Michigan, offering a full continuum of care through the Spectrum Health Hospital Group, which is comprised of 11 hospitals including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital; 170 ambulatory and service sites; 1,050 employed physicians and advanced practice providers including members of the Spectrum Health Medical Group; and Priority Health, a 549,000-member health plan. Spectrum Health is West Michigan’s largest employer with 21,000 employees. The organization provided $250 million in community benefit during its 2013 fiscal year.