Leapfrog Group Marks the Tenth Anniversary of the Hospital Safety Grade

Announcement of Fall 2022 Hospital Safety Grades

Marking the tenth anniversary of the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization representing the nation’s most influential employers and purchasers of health care, driven in Michigan by the Economic Alliance for Michigan (EAM), announced the Fall 2022 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades.

The Leapfrog Group has a ten-year history of assigning letter grades to general hospitals throughout the United States, based on a hospital’s ability to prevent medical errors and harm to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent, and free to the public. Hospital Safety Grade results are based on more than 30 national performance measures and are updated each fall and spring.

In Michigan, 77 hospitals were graded, and 25 earned an “A,” 28 earned a “B,” 23 earned a “C,” and one hospital earned a “D.” There were no “F” grades recorded for Michigan this marking period.

“On behalf of the EAM and our members, we congratulate all the hospitals scoring an ‘A’ for patient safety and thank those who participate in the annual Leapfrog Hospital Survey, demonstrating a dedication to transparency,” said Bret Jackson, president, EAM. “We also want to encourage Hurley Medical Center in Flint to keep their efforts going in improving patient safety. This is the first time since 2013 that the hospital has scored above a ‘D’ grade.”

Michigan Medicine, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor continues its record of straight “A’s” since the start of the Hospital Safety Grade in 2012. Only 1 of 22 hospitals in the nation to do so.

Other notable “A” grade streaks include:
• Covenant Healthcare in Saginaw with nine in a row.
• Lake Huron Medical Center in Port Huron with nine in a row.
• McLaren Health Central Michigan in Mount Pleasant with nine in a row.
• Spectrum Health Big Rapids in Big Rapids with eight in a row.
• Spectrum Health United in Greenville with 13 in a row.
• Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital in Zeeland with 13 in a row.
• Trinity Health Chelsea Hospital in Chelsea with 14 in a row.
• UP Health System in Portage with nine in a row.

“We are hoping the merger of Beaumont Health and Spectrum Health will improve patient safety in the Metro Detroit area,” stated Jackson. “There were zero ‘A’ hospitals in the Beaumont system and six in the Spectrum

system. We urge the newly formed Corewell Health to focus efforts increasing patient safety in Southeast Michigan to be at the same level as the ones on the westside of the state.”

“Full commitment of hospital leadership to safety remains essential. With transparency, hospitals have made tremendous progress over the last decade across patient safety measures and have the potential to make similar strides over the next 10 years,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the hospitals in this community that have proven their commitment to prioritizing patient safety. This achievement is no easy feat, considering the pandemic’s impact on care.”

For more information about the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, as well as individual hospital grades and state rankings, please visit HospitalSafetyGrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter, Facebook, and via its newsletter.

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