• Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital Named One of Nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by IBM Watson Health

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    March 05, 2019
    Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital has been named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by IBM Watson HealthTM. The study spotlights the top-performing hospitals in the U.S. list based on a balanced scorecard of publicly available clinical, operational and patient satisfaction metrics and data.

    “It’s an honor to be recognized as a 100 Top Hospital for the fourth consecutive year,” said Ron Lewis, president, Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital. “This award represents the daily commitment of our incredibly gifted and passionate team of providers, staff and volunteers. Their genuine interest in providing the highest-quality and safest care drives our outstanding clinical, operational and financial performance.”

    The Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals® study uses independent and objective research to analyze hospital and health system performance in 10 clinical and operational areas addressing: risk-adjusted inpatient mortality index, risk-adjusted complications index, mean healthcare-associated infection index, mean 30-day risk-adjusted mortality rate, mean 30-day risk-adjusted readmission rate, severity-adjusted length of stay, mean emergency department throughput, case mix- and wage-adjusted inpatient expense per discharge, adjusted operating profit margin, and HCAHPS score. (patient rating of overall hospital performance). The study has been conducted annually since 1993. This is the fourth consecutive year Zeeland Community Hospital has been recognized with this honor.

    Based on the results of this year’s study, if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities:
    • More than 103,000 additional lives could be saved;
    • More than 38,000 additional patients could be complication-free;
    • More than $8.2 billion in inpatient costs could be saved; and
    • Approximately 155,000 fewer discharged patients would be readmitted within 30 days.
    “At a time when research shows that the U.S. spends nearly twice as much on healthcare as other high-income countries, yet still has poorer population health outcomes , the 100 Top Hospitals are bucking the trend by delivering consistently better care at a lower cost,” said Ekta Punwani, 100 Top Hospitals® program leader at IBM Watson Health. “The hospitals on this list represent the current vanguard in value-based care and we applaud their commitment to quality.”

    In addition to Zeeland Community Hospital, Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital, Blodgett Hospital and Lakeland Health (now Spectrum Health Lakeland) are 2019 recipients of the 100 Top Hospitals award. The winning hospitals were announced in the March 4 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.
    For more information, visit www.100tophospitals.com.
    Ashley Kiekintveld, Communications Specialist
    (616) 772-4644

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