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West Michigan hospitals rate among '50 Best' in US

February 24, 2016
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Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital was founded in 1873 and is part of the Spectrum Health Medical Center in downtown Grand Rapids. Courtesy Spectrum Health

A trio of West Michigan hospitals are considered to be among “America’s 50 Best Hospitals.”

Holland Hospital, Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids and Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital in Grand Rapids are recognized in the 2016 ranking of “America’s 50 Best Hospitals,” which was released yesterday by Healthgrades, an online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. 

Mercy Health Hackley Campus in Muskegon and Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming are also recognized in a separate 2016 ranking of “America’s 100 Best Hospitals” by Healthgrades.

Hospitals recognized on “America’s 50 Best Hospitals” ranking are in the top 1 percent of hospitals in the nation for "providing overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of conditions and procedures consistently" for at least six consecutive years.

“America’s 100 Best Hospitals” consists of the top 2 percent of hospitals in the nation for exhibiting clinical excellence for at least three consecutive years. 

Healthgrades said the hospitals included on both rankings “stand out among the rest” for overall clinical excellence “across a broad spectrum of care.”

Evan Marks, chief strategy officer for Healthgrades, said Healthgrades’ analysis shows there is “tremendous variation in care” among hospitals, making it “important for consumers” to carefully research and choose a hospital.

As a group, “America’s 50 Best Hospitals” had a 24.4 percent lower risk-adjusted mortality rate across 19 procedures and conditions where in-hospital mortality was the clinical outcome, compared to all other hospitals, according to Healthgrades.

The organization said during 2012 to 2014, “if all other hospitals had performed at the level of ‘America’s 50 Best Hospitals’ award recipients across these 19 procedures and conditions, 164,116 lives could potentially have been saved.”

The “100 Best Hospitals” had an “overall 26.5 percent lower risk-adjusted in-hospital mortality rate across the 19 procedures and conditions where mortality is the measured outcome, compared with all other hospitals,” according to Healthgrades.

The organization said from 2012 to 2014, “if all hospitals, as a group, performed similarly to hospitals achieving Healthgrades’ 2016 ‘America’s 100 Best Hospitals’ award, more than 170,000 lives could potentially have been saved.”

Furthermore, Healthgrades said from 2012-2014, the hospitals on both rankings showed “superior performance in clinical outcomes” for patients in the Medicare population across at least 21 of 32 of the most common inpatient conditions and procedures.

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