Hospital Quality & Safety

With 1 in 25 patients obtaining a preventable hospital acquired infection, Michigan residents deserve to know which hospitals are safe and which ones need improvement. Transparency of hospital safety and quality care leads to higher patient safety, hospital improvements and lower health care costs.

In 2014, EAM was selected by The Leapfrog Group as their Regional Leader for Michigan, to lead the effort to promote and implement quality and safe practices in all Michigan health care facilities.

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Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. Hospital Safety Score, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections (www.hospitalsafetyscore.org). To learn more about The Leapfrog Group visit www.leapfroggroup.org.

HOW SAFE IS YOUR HOSPITAL?

Hospital Safety Score logoHospital Safety Score issues a spring and fall report card for hospitals in the United States, giving hospitals A, B, C, D or F grades for safety. Why is this important? In 2016, Johns Hopkins Medicine’s Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, along with The Leapfrog Group, estimate a 9% higher risk of avoidable death in B hospitals, 35% higher in C hospitals, and 50% higher in D and F hospitals, than in A hospitals.

The analysis, published in 2016, was led by Matt Austin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality and the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at John Hopkins University School of Medicine. In total, the analysis showed an estimated 206,021 avoidable deaths occur in U.S. hospitals each year, a figure described as an underestimate in the analysis because the measure only accounts for a subset of avoidable harms patients may encounter in the hospital. Of the 206,021 avoidable deaths occurring in all hospitals, 162,117 occur in B, C, D, and F hospitals. The analysis concluded an estimated 33,439 lives could be saved each year if all hospitals had the same performance as those receiving an A.

2016 SPRING HOSPITAL SAFETY SCORE HIGHLIGHTS FOR MICHIGAN:

  • Of the 80 Michigan hospitals issued a Hospital Safety Score, 26 earned an A; 13 earned a B; 37 earned a C; 3 earned a D; and one earned an F.
  • Five hospitals have earned straight A’s since the inception of Hospital Safety Score in 2013. They are Allegiance Health in Jackson, Dickinson County Healthcare System in Iron Mountain, Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital in Commerce Township, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s in Grand Rapids, and University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers in Ann Arbor.
  • For more details refer to the press release: 46 percent of Michigan hospitals graded C level.

 

ADDITIONAL HOSPITAL SAFETY REPORTS

Hospital Safety Awards:

Maternity Care:

Hospital “Never Event” Policies:

Appropriate ICU Staffing:

Hospital Acquired Infections:

Computerized Physician Order Entry Systems: