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Blodgett, Butterworth, Saint Mary’s, Zeeland and Holland among Top 100 Hospitals

BY Tuesday, March 01, 2016 11:26am

Five West Michigan hospitals rank among the top 100 in the U.S. for quality and performance.

Spectrum Health’s Butterworth Hospital and Blodgett Hospital, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, Spectrum subsidiary Zeeland Community Hospital, and Holland Hospital were each named to Truven Healthcare Analytics 2016 list of 100 Top Hospitals.

Mercy Health Saint Mary’s made the 100 Top Hospitals list for the first time as a teaching hospital, and Holland Hospital won the recognition for the 11th straight year in the category for 25 medium-sized community hospitals.

The winning streak is a reflection of “an organization-wide commitment to quality,” said Mark Pawlak, Holland Hospital’s senior vice president for quality, information services and hospital operations.

Spectrum Health earned recognition this year as a single winner for both the Blodgett Hospital and Butterworth Hospital campuses. Each has made the list individually in the past as teaching hospitals: nine times for Butterworth, five for Blodgett.

Zeeland Community Hospital, which Spectrum Health acquired in 2010, was named a 100 Top Hospital for the second time.

Others in Michigan named a 100 Top Hospital by Truven were Providence Park Hospital in Southfield, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, and MidMichigan Medical Center in Midland.

The Ann Arbor-based Truven Health Analytics annually uses Medicare data to evaluate hospitals across the nation in 11 areas for clinical and operational performance. The 2016 analysis shows that winners had 23 percent fewer deaths than expected given the severity of cases they handle and 21 percent fewer complications, shorter length of stays and lower 30-day mortality rates, and overall higher profit margins.

If every hospital performed at the level of the top 100, U.S. hospitals treating Medicare in-patients would save 104,000 additional lives, experience more than 48,000 fewer complications, save $2 billion in inpatient costs, and reduce average patient stays by a half day.

“Many of the 2016 100 Top Hospitals award winners are breaking the mold for high performance. Hospitals in three out of the five hospital categories actually reduced overall expense year over year, while improving patient outcomes,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president at Truven Health Analytics. “Some of these hospitals also show a small degradation of operating profit margin. Hopefully this is not an indicator of a developing trend.”

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