Awards, Zeeland Community Hospital

Zeeland Community Hospital Honored with Top Patient Safety Award

ZEELAND, Mich., March 14, 2022 – Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital has received the highest patient safety award from the Economic Alliance for Michigan for the fourth consecutive year.

The awards recognize hospitals in Michigan that consistently achieve high performance marks and improvements in patient safety and quality of care.

In observance of National Patient Safety Awareness Week, the Economic Alliance for Michigan (EAM), a nonprofit group comprised of Michigan’s largest employers and unions, announced the recipients of the 2022 EAM Hospital Patient Safety Awards today.

“Receiving this award for the fourth consecutive year demonstrates that protecting our patient’s safety has always been and remains our top priority,” said Bill Hoefer, president of Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital. “Even during a pandemic, our team has remained vigilant and dedicated to preventing hospital-acquired conditions from occurring. Congratulations to our team for achieving this safety standard.”

Zeeland Community Hospital is one of just 13 hospitals in Michigan who earned an EAM Hospital Patient Safety Award, a decrease from 18 recipients the previous year. Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville also received the excellent rating.

“There is little doubt the pandemic contributed to a decreased level of patient safety. Hospitals had to deal with exuberant numbers of critical ill patients, along with an overworked and burned-out staff,” said Bret Jackson, president, EAM. “Hopefully, all medical providers can put safety related practices they learned during the pandemic to protect patients well into the future.”

Hospitals receiving the Excellence Award participated in the annual Leapfrog Group survey and maintained all “A’s” with Hospital Safety Grade in four consecutive grading terms (Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Fall 2021).

Zeeland Community Hospital has received 11 consecutive “A” grades dating back to 2016.

“Thank you and congratulations to all our well-deserving award recipients for their dedication to transparency and patient safety,” stated Jackson. “Your hard work, not only saves lives, but also saves dollars for patients and employers.”

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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