How Safe Is Your Hospital?

2017 Spring Hospital Safety Grades

26 Hospitals in Michigan Earned A’s

 The Economic Alliance for Michigan (EAM) along with The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit watchdog, announced today the release of the Spring 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, marking five years since the inception of the Grade in 2012. Strides in patient safety have continually been made over time including a 21 percent decline in hospital acquired conditions, increased adoption and improved functionality of computerized physician order entry systems, and millions of averted patient harms.

Safey Grade logoIn Michigan, 79 hospitals were graded, and 26 received an “A”, the highest letter grade, showcasing a dedication to safe care. Four of those hospitals have received “Straight As” since the inception of the Grade in 2012: Dickinson County Healthcare System in Iron Mountain, DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital in Commerce Township, Henry Ford Allegiance Health in Jackson and Michigan Medicine (University of Michigan) in Ann Arbor.

“The EAM and our members applaud the 26 hospitals in Michigan earning an ‘A’ grade,” said Bret Jackson, president, EAM. “Employers and patients should make note of which hospitals provide higher patient safety since it leads to lower health care costs.”

Spring 2017 Safety Grade highlights:

  • Along with the 26 hospitals in Michigan earning an “A”, 20 earned a “B”, 30 earned a “C” and 3 earned a “D.”
  • Michigan falls in state rankings from 19th in Fall 2016 to 25th in Spring 2017.
  • Of the 2,639 hospitals rated throughout the nation, 823 earn an “A”, 706 earn a “B”, 933 earned a “C”, 167 earned a “D” and 10 earned an “F.”

“Since the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade launch in 2012, our mission has been to increase awareness of hospital safety concerns among consumers, as well as light a fire under hospitals and community leaders to be champions for change. The EAM has proven its dedication to improving patient safety through its ongoing work with local hospitals,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We commend every individual who has contributed to ensure patients in Michigan receive safe care.”

Complete list of Michigan hospitals receiving an “A” grade is below.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assigns A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

For more information about the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade or to view the list of state rankings, please visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org. To learn how employers are paying the price for hospital errors, visit Leapfrog’s Lives and Dollars Lost to Medical Errors Calculator.

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