Spring 2018 Hospital Safety Grades
Michigan ranks 24th in the nation
April 24, 2018 – The EAM and The Leapfrog Group, a Washington, D.C.-based organization aiming to improve health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers, announced the updated Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. General acute-care hospitals in the U.S. are assigned letter grades of A, B, C, D or F based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms. These errors, killing or harming millions of people per year, are the third leading cause of death in the U.S.
In Michigan, of 76 hospitals graded, 23 were awarded an ‘A,’ demonstrating excellence in patient safety.
Other key highlights:
- Patient safety among Michigan hospitals is improving. Currently, Michigan ranks 24th in the country for percentage of “A” hospitals, whereas last fall the state was 36th.
- Three hospitals have received “Straight A’s” since the inception of the grades in 2012. They are Dickinson County Healthcare System in Iron Mountain, DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital in Commerce Township and Michigan Medicine, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor
- When comparing health systems, Spectrum Health is the leader in patient safety. Five out of the six Spectrum Health hospitals graded received an “A.”
- Demonstrating a leap forward in patient safety, the UP Health System in Marquette earned an “A.” The previous four grades were either a “C” or “D.”
“Thank you to all the ‘A’ hospitals in Michigan for providing excellent patient safety and quality of care and thank you to the hospitals who provide transparency by participating in the annual Leapfrog Survey,” said Bret Jackson, president, EAM. “There is a lot more work to be done in Michigan for improving patient safety and the EAM is committed to making that happen. Our goal is for Michigan to be number one in the country for the percentage of ‘A’ hospitals.”
“With more than 200,000 people dying due to errors in hospitals every year, communities must be vigilant in monitoring the safety records of their local facilities,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade helps shed light on those hospitals in need of improvement, while also highlighting the safer facilities, to make it easy for patients to choose the best option for their care.”
In Michigan, along with the 23 hospitals receiving an “A,” 24 earned a “B,” 24 earned a “C,” four hospitals received a “D,” and one hospital recorded an “F.”
Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to approximately 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.
To see the complete Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade and access consumer-friendly tips for patients, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.
The EAM is The Leapfrog Group’s Regional Leader for Michigan.