Fall 2019 Hospital Safety Grades

The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit representing hundreds of the nation’s most influential employers and purchasers of health care, and driven in the State of Michigan by the EAM announced on November 7, 2019 the Fall 2019 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, 78 hospitals were graded, and 32 earned an “A,” 22 earned a “B,” 17 earned a “C,” 7 earned a “D” and no “F” grades were recorded. Hospitals that received an “A” in the State of Michigan are:

  • Beaumont Hospital in Grosse Pointe
  • Beaumont Hospital in Trenton
  • Beaumont Hospital in Troy
  • Bronson Hospital in Battle Creek
  • Covenant Medical Center in Saginaw
  • Dickinson County Healthcare System in Iron Mountain
  • DMC Huron Valley-Sinai in Commerce Township
  • Henry Ford Allegiance Health in Jackson
  • Henry Ford Macomb Hospital in Clinton Township
  • Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital
  • Lake Huron Medical Center in Port Huron
  • Spectrum Health Lakeland in Niles
  • Spectrum Health Lakeland in St. Joseph
  • McLaren Central Michigan in Mount Pleasant
  • McLaren Northern Michigan in Petoskey
  • McLaren Port Huron
  • Memorial Healthcare in Owosso
  • Mercy Health Hackley Campus in Muskegon
  • Mercy Health Mercy Campus in Muskegon
  • Mercy Health Saint Mary’s in Grand Rapids
  • Michigan Medicine, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor
  • Munson Healthcare of Cadillac
  • Otsego Memorial Hospital in Gaylord
  • ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital in Monroe
  • Sparrow Hospital in Lansing
  • Spectrum Health Big Rapids
  • Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville
  • Spectrum Health Zeeland
  • St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea
  • St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell
  • St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac
  • UP Health System – Portage in Hancock

“Choosing a hospital with a higher safety grade is vital because hospital mistakes are costly for patients and employers,” said Bret Jackson, president of EAM. “The EAM and our members are committed to collaborating with hospitals across the state to ensure patients are receiving the safest possible care.”

Other key highlights for the state:

  • For fall 2019, Michigan ranked 13th in the country for percentage of “A” grades with 41.03 percent of the state’s graded hospitals receiving an “A.” This is an 8.93 percent increase from spring 2019.
  • Two hospitals have earned straight “A’s” since the inception of the grades in 2012: DMC Huron Valley-Sinai in Commerce Township and Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor.
  • Five hospitals are experiencing winning streaks with “A” grades:
    • Otsego Memorial Hospital in Gaylord with eight straight “A’s.”
    • Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville with seven straight “A’s.”
    • Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital in Zeeland with seven straight “A’s.”
    • St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea with eight straight “A’s.”
    • St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac with seven straight “A’s.”
  • Beaumont Hospital in Trenton recorded its first ever “A.”
  • Three hospital systems saw all their hospitals with either an “A” or “B” grade:
    • Henry Ford Health System
    • Spectrum Health
    • Trinity Health
  • This marking period had the highest number of “A” grades with 32 hospitals (tie with fall 2018) and “D” grades with 7 hospitals.

The release of this fall’s Hospital Safety Grades coincides with the twentieth anniversary of the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM)[i] groundbreaking report, To Err Is Human, which revealed nearly 100,000 lives are lost every year due to preventable medical errors. Subsequent reports estimate that number may be twice as high.

“Twenty years after To Err Is Human, we are still devastated by tens of thousands of needless deaths every year from medical errors,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We are seeing progress, with 45,000 fewer deaths from the hazards included in the Safety Grade. Still, much more needs to be done. Transparency is the first step.”

Binder cited an analysis earlier this year by the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality that found 45,000 fewer deaths than a 2016 analysis, based on the prevalence of safety problems in hospitals graded by The Leapfrog Group.

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 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.

[i] The Institute of Medicine was renamed to the National Academy of Medicine, effective July 1, 2015. http://www.nationalacademies.org/hmd/Global/News%20Announcements/IOM-to-become-NAM-Press-Release.aspx

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