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My Town: Local Hospitals named to America’s 50 Best Hospitals list
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My Town: Local Hospitals named to America’s 50 Best Hospitals list


HealthGrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals, this week released its list of America’s 50 Best Hospitals™ for 2015.  Holland Hospital is one of only five Michigan hospitals to earn the 50 Best Hospitals designation. [Spectrum Health's Butterworth and Blodgett hospitals also made the list.]

"We are delighted to be placed among the top 1%...the Top 50...hospitals in the country,” says Mark Pawlak, Vice President of Ancillary Services, Support Services and Quality at Holland Hospital.  “We consider the HealthGrades analyses to be focused squarely on the targets of exceptional patient outcomes and excellent clinical care. For our physicians, staff, and leaders, this validates our commitment to relentlessly strive for the very best care every day, for every patient.  For our community, this designation serves as yet another source of external review which places Holland Hospital among the very best in the country."

HealthGrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award™ recognizes 50 hospitals as among the top 1% in the nation for consistent clinical excellence based on an analysis of risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates for common procedures and conditions. Specifically, these hospitals have consecutively received a HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ for at least the last six years.

“As the national dialogue continues to focus on the importance of improving hospital quality, we’re pleased to recognize those hospitals that have demonstrated superior clinical performance, over time,” said Evan Marks, Chief Strategy Officer at HealthGrades.

In a report released by HealthGrades, top performing hospitals share three basic characteristics:

  • Vision: the top hospitals create a culture and practice of going beyond requirements of today's CMS core measures anticipating issues and opportunities with potential future applications before they will be held accountable for them.
  • Evidenced-based Decision Making: the top hospitals utilize data-driven protocols that track, measure, analyze and adjust to improve outcomes for patients.
  • Collaboration: Top hospitals ensure that there are open lines of communication among various departments in real time, reinforcing a sense of collaboration and trust between care units.

“The report’s key takeaway is that tenacity and leadership are required to sustain superior performance and help practitioners deliver high clinical quality care,” says Marks. “We commend those organizations that have achieved this distinction and encourage all consumers to do their homework when selecting a hospital since all hospitals do not perform equally.”

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