West Michigan hospitals rate among top 50 in US


Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital was founded in 1873 and is part of the Spectrum Health Medical Center in downtown Grand Rapids. Courtesy Spectrum Health

Three West Michigan hospitals have been named among the nation’s “50 best.”

Holland Hospital and Spectrum’s Blodgett Hospital and Butterworth Hospital have been named as three of “America’s 50 Best Hospitals,” according to Denver-based Healthgrades, a company that compiles and shares health care information.

The recipients are in the top 1 percent of hospitals in the nation that “demonstrate superior clinical outcomes across the majority of common inpatient conditions and procedures and sustained this performance for at least five consecutive years.”

The Healthgrades analysis revealed that, on average, “America’s Best Hospitals” outperformed their peers in treating a core group of conditions that account for more than 80 percent of mortalities in areas evaluated, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, respiratory failure, sepsis and stroke.

Patients treated in hospitals achieving the America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award have, on average, a 22.3-percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive this award, Healthgrades said. If all hospitals performed similarly to hospitals achieving Healthgrades 2018 America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award, on average, 162,284 lives in total could potentially have been saved.

“Hospitals that have been named an America’s 50 and 100 'Best Hospital' by Healthgrades have achieved and sustained high-quality outcomes for their patients over many years and continue to set themselves apart to consumers,” said Brad Bowman, chief medical officer, Healthgrades. “We commend the recipients of this distinction.”

The is the fourth consecutive year the Spectrum hospitals have received this award.

"Being ranked among the top one percent in the nation is an honor. It is a great reflection of the people who provide exceptional care at Spectrum Health," said Tina Freese Decker, EVP and COO, Spectrum Health.  “This recognition validates the excellent outcomes and care provided by our caregivers. It translates to better care and value for our West Michigan communities."

This is also the fourth consecutive year for Holland Hospital.

“At Holland Hospital, exceptional quality care is always our highest priority. Earning this national recognition over multiple years helps validate our quality commitment to patients and confirms the outstanding work of our expert providers, skilled staff and dedicated volunteers,” said Mark Pawlak, SVP of quality, IT and hospital operations, Holland Hospital.

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