Leapfrog gives an 'A' to 26 hospitals in MI for patient safety

Modesto Morganelli
Mag 16, 2019

Nearly a third of MI hospitals - 26 of 81 - received an "A" grade for hospital safety in the spring 2018 report card by The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit watchdog organization.

MI hospitals were led by five affiliated with Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System and five affiliated with Spectrum Health based in Grand Rapids.

Leapfrog is a non-profit watchdog organization that assesses patient safety at acute care hospitals, not including children's hospitals, across the country twice a year.

One Upper Michigan hospital earned an "A" rating for patient safety Wednesday, while three others were given a "B" rating.

UP Health System-Portage in Hancock received an "A" - one of 26 hospitals in MI to get the top rating.

IL hospitals didn't score as well on patient safety this season.

Hurley Medical Center in Flint was the only MI hospital to earn an "F". Based on an independent grading system, hospitals are assigned scores of A, B, C, D and F. Some 28 measurements are also used to illustrate how well acute-care hospitals protect patients from avoidable errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

"Hurley Medical Center is a repeat offender in delivering the poorest patient safety in the state".

The analysis likely underestimates the number of preventable deaths in hospitals since it only evaluated a subset of safety issues by looking at just 16 safety measures, according to the authors. That's down from an estimated 205,000 avoidable deaths in 2016, Leapfrog said.

"If every hospital had the performance of an "A" hospital, an estimated 50,000 lives saved could be saved", according to Leapfrog. He added: "We've made changes to guard against these mistakes in the data and expect that our next grade from Leapfrog will recognize the extremely high level of patient safety at Rush University Medical Center".

The Leapfrog Group annually releases its "Hospital Safety Grade" each fall and spring, detailing how safe hospitals are across the nation.

"To be recognized nationally as an "A" hospital is an accomplishment the whole community should take pride in", said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

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