Patient Safety in Michigan Makes Giant Leap Forward

Fall 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades Announced

Michigan takes giant leap in patient safety

The Economic Alliance for Michigan (EAM) and The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit aiming to improve health care quality for consumers, employers and purchasers, announced today the Fall 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. The independent grading system assigns “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” and “F” letter grades to general acute-care hospitals in the U.S. based on their ability to protect patients from avoidable errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

In Michigan, 81 hospitals were graded, and 32 earned an “A,” the highest total of “A’s” ever for the state. Michigan ranked eleventh overall for patient safety in the country, an impressive improvement from the Spring 2018 grades when the state ranked twenty-fourth.

“Our goal is to be number one in the country for patient safety and the Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grades show we are on our way to being that,” said Bret Jackson, president, EAM. “The EAM and our members are committed to working together to make our state the safest in America.”

Other key highlights for Michigan from the Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grades:

  • Twenty-two hospitals earned a “B,” 26 earned a “C,” and one earned a “D” grade.
  • All five hospitals of the Henry Ford Health System that were graded earned an “A.”
  • DMC Huron Valley-Sinai in Commerce Township and Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor both have earned straight “A” grades since the inception of grades in 2012.

In the wake of the high stakes mid-term election, neither party can claim victory in addressing preventable errors and infection in hospitals. The fall 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades show that 33 percent of hospitals in traditionally blue states and 32 percent of hospitals in traditionally red states earned “A’s.” As recently as September 2018, The Leapfrog Group testified at a hearing of the United States’ Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pension (HELP) Committee, offering guidance for a bipartisan approach to improving transparency of patient safety data and making progress on safety.

“The Hospital Safety Grades give the American public information they need and deserve about the safety of their hospitals. Avoidable medical errors and infections in hospitals are still the third leading cause of death in the nation, and that’s not a partisan issue,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We commend the EAM for making this a priority.”

Developed under the guidance of a National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign the grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

For more information about the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, as well as individual grades and state rankings please visit

List of A hospitals Fall 2018

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