Spectrum Health United Hospital President Tina Freese-Decker and United Hospital Board President David Mack had the distinct honor of receiving the 100 Top Hospitals Award recently at the 100 Top Hospital Summit, which took place in Naples, Fla. June 20-22. United Hospital received notification of the award in April of this year. This is the second consecutive year that United Hospital has received this distinctive award. United Hospital is the only small community hospital (under 100 beds) to receive this elite honor and recognition within the region. In total, 918 small community hospitals were included with the nationwide survey. Of those surveyed, only 20 were selected as award recipients in this category, of which one is Spectrum Health United Hospital. Additionally, this award places United Hospital in the top two percent of approximately 5,500 hospitals in the nation. Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system in West Michigan offering a full continuum of care through the Spectrum Health Hospital Group, which is comprised of nine hospitals including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, a state-of-the-art children’s hospital that opened in January 2011, and 190 service sites; the Spectrum Health Medical Group and West Michigan Heart, physician groups totaling more than 600 providers; and Priority Health, a health plan with 625,000 members. Spectrum Health is West Michigan’s largest employer with more than 18,000 employees. The organization provided $176.5 million in community benefit during its 2011 fiscal year.
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Perspectives is a Complimentary Series of Conversations with the Spectrum Health Patient and Family Advisory Councils. The next session is titled “Emerging Technology and its Impact on Your Health.” Taking charge of your health means understanding how technology is changing the way people receive care, and its impact of positive health outcomes. Health care experts will share insights on apps and devices and how you can take a more proactive role in your health. The keynote speaker will be Daniel Kraft, MD, a national speaker who explores consumer demand, what is trending in technology and how this is change the way health care is delivered. He will be joined by members of the Patient and Family Advisory Councils for a roundtable discussion. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, April 18 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The presentation will be broadcast live at United Hospital in Greenville at the United Hospital Conference Center. This event is free to attend, but registration is required. Refreshments will be served. To register, call (616) 776-9626 or register online at perspectiveseries.eventbrite.com. For more information, call Shirley Hayes, director of patient and family experience for United and Kelsey Hospitals, at (616) 225-6981. Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system in West Michigan, offering a full continuum of care through the Spectrum Health Hospital Group, which includes nine hospitals and 180 service sites; the Spectrum Health Medical Group and West Michigan Heart, physician groups totaling more than 600 providers; and Priority Health, a health plan with 625,000 members. Spectrum Health is West Michigan’s largest employer with more than 17,700 employees. The organization provided $115.9 million in community benefit during its 2010 fiscal year.
An annual study recently released by Thomas Reuters recognized Spectrum Health Grand Rapids and Spectrum Health United Hospital as being among the 100 best hospitals in the country, based on measures of overall organization performance, including patient care, operational efficiency, and financial stability. Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville was named one of Thomson Reuters’ 100 Top Hospitals. United Hospital is the only small community hospital (under 100 beds) to receive this elite honor and recognition within the region. In total, 924 small community hospitals were included with the nationwide survey. Of those surveyed, only 20 were selected as award recipients in this category, of which one is Spectrum Health United Hospital. This distinction is awarded because of the Thomson Reuters’ annual study that examines changing performance levels in U.S. hospitals and objectively identifies hospitals based on their overall performance. The winners were announced in the March 28 issue of Modern Healthcare magazine. “It is extremely gratifying to be recognized for our ongoing commitment to superior quality and patient satisfaction at lower costs as compared to the majority of other hospitals in the nation. To be named one of the top 100 hospitals in the nation reaffirms our mission to bring the absolute best medical care possible to the communities we serve,” said Paul Bonis, president, Spectrum Health United Hospital. “This award belongs to our physicians and staff as a result of their dedication and commitment to excellence and compassion for every patient, every day. I would also like to thank Spectrum Health and our community for their outstanding allegiance and support, without which awards like this would not be possible.” The Thomson Reuters study evaluates performance in 10 areas: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length of stay, expenses, profitability, patient satisfaction, adherence to clinical standards of care, and post-discharge mortality and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure and pneumonia. The study has been conducted annually since 1993. To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Thomson Reuters researchers evaluated 2,914 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals. They used public information: Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website. Hospitals do not apply, […]