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The Economic Alliance for Michigan (EAM) and The Leapfrog Group announced today the spring 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, 81 hospitals were graded, and 26 earned an “A,” 29 earned a “B,” 25 earned a “C,” zero earned a “D” and one earned an “F.”
UP Health System-Portage in Hancock earned an A.
UP Health System-Marquette, Dickinson County Healthcare System in Iron Mountain and War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie all received a B.
“The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade offers our community critical information about which hospitals in Michigan are best at protecting patients from preventable harm,” said Bret Jackson, president, EAM. “Thank you to the hospitals who commit to transparency and strive for higher rates of patient safety in our state.”
The one hospital receiving an “F” is Hurley Medical Center in Flint.
“Hurley Medical Center is a repeat offender in delivering the poorest patient safety in the state. The last time Hurley scored above a “D” was in Fall 2013,” stated Jackson. “It’s time Hurley takes these scores seriously and improve in preventing unnecessary harm to patients.”
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.