Spectrum Health Butterworth, Blodgett and Zeeland Community Hospitals Named to the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals® List
Tim Hawkins Beth Cranson
Spectrum Health Butterworth, Blodgett and Zeeland Community Hospitals Named to the Fortune/IBM Watson Health
100 Top Hospitals® List
Annual list recognizes excellence in clinical outcomes, operational efficiency, patient experience and financial health
Grand Rapids, Mich., April 27, 20201 – Spectrum Health Butterworth, Blodgett and Zeeland Community Hospitals have been named to the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals® list.
This is the eighth time that Spectrum Health Butterworth and Blodgett Hospitals have been recognized with this honor since 2010. They were named among the top performing hospitals in the Major Teaching Peer Group. This is the sixth consecutive award for Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital, which was named in the Small Community Peer Group. The annual list was published today by Fortune.
“Being named to this prestigious list reflects the dedicated work of our team members and physicians as they care for our patients each day. This is a testament to their outstanding efforts on behalf of our communities,” said Spectrum Health West Michigan President Darryl Elmouchi, MD. “I am especially gratified that this year’s award for the first time includes a metric for contributions to community health based on equity, which is a primary focus of our work at Spectrum Health.”
This year’s ranking of top hospitals introduces a measure of hospitals’ contributions to community health with a focus on equity developed by a team of experts at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity and the Bloomberg American Health Initiative at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. For the ranking, hospitals were surveyed across three components:
- Assessing hospital contributions to community health as a provider of critical services for community health and preventive care;
- Identifying ways that hospitals contribute to community health as a community partner teaming up with local organizations to implement critical programs; and
- Focusing on ways that hospitals promote community health through their practices as anchor institutions supporting local economic and social progress.
“At Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital, we recommit ourselves every day to prioritizing quality, safety, experience, and affordability,” added Joe Klesney, interim President and chief operating officer, Zeeland Community Hospital. “We are especially proud of our role in extending Spectrum Health's focus on health equity and community health advocacy to the Lakeshore. This recognition reflects the compassion and resilient dedication of our exceptional team.”
IBM Watson Health has identified the top hospitals from a rigorous evaluation of 2,675 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals in the U.S. The annual list recognizes excellence in clinical outcomes, operational efficiency, patient experience, and financial health. IBM Watson Health established the list to help identify best practices that may help other healthcare organizations achieve consistent, balanced, and sustainable high performance.
According to IBM Watson Health, as compared to similar hospitals, the hospitals included on the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals list had better results on key clinical and operational performance indicators. These include:
healthcare associated infections,
30-day mortality and 30-day hospital-wide readmission rates,
length of stay,
throughput in emergency departments,
inpatient expenses, and
profitability and ratings from patients.
“We are proud of all of the hospitals, health systems and their dedicated clinicians and staff included among the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals,” said Irene Dankwa-Mullan, MD, MPH, Chief Health Equity Officer and Deputy Chief Health officer at IBM Watson Health. “From small community hospitals to major teaching hospitals, organizations on this list demonstrate a relentless commitment to high value, patient-centered care and innovation. They also recognize the importance of contributing to the health of their communities and we applaud them for their programs that help provide equitable quality care and address health disparities.”
For more information, visit http://www.100tophospitals.com/.
About Spectrum Health
Spectrum Health System, a not-for-profit, integrated health system, is committed to improving the health and wellness of our communities. We live our mission every day with 31,000 compassionate professionals, 4,600 medical staff experts, 3,300 committed volunteers and a health plan serving 1 million members. Our talented physicians and caregivers are privileged to offer a full continuum of care and wellness services to our communities through 14 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, 150 ambulatory sites and telehealth offerings. We pursue health care solutions for today and tomorrow that diversify our offerings. Locally-governed and based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, our health system provided $585 million in community benefit in fiscal year 2019. Thanks to the generosity of our communities, we received $30 million in philanthropy in the most recent fiscal year to support research, academics, innovation and clinical care. Spectrum Health has been recognized as one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics®, part of IBM Watson HealthTM.
About the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals® List
The Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals list is determined using independent and objective research to analyze hospital performance. Organizations do not apply or pay for this honor or pay to promote their award. Award-winning hospitals and health systems serve as a model of excellence for the industry.
About IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals® Program
The IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals Program’s annual studies result in the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals list, Fortune/IBM Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals list and IBM Watson Health 15 Top Health Systems list. Organizations do not apply or pay for this honor or pay to promote their award. Award-winning hospitals and health systems serve as a model of excellence for the industry. Visit http://www.100tophospitals.com/ for more information.
About IBM Watson Health
IBM Watson Health is a data, analytics, and technology partner for the health industry. Supported by the innovation of IBM and intelligence of Watson, we are committed to helping build smarter health ecosystems. Through the combination of our deep industry expertise in health, data and analytics, actionable insights, and reputation for security and trust, Watson Health is working together with its clients and partners to help them achieve simpler processes, better care insights, faster breakthroughs, and improved experiences for people around the world. Learn more at ibm.com/watson/health.
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