Mercy Health Saint Mary’s receives national recognition

Matt Biersack Courtesy Mercy Health Saint Mary’s

A health care watchdog organization awarded Mercy Health Saint Mary’s the title of a Top Teaching Hospital after meeting its standards in a nationwide survey.

The Leapfrog Group named Mercy Health Saint Mary’s among seven other Michigan hospitals to its list rating health care providers on safety and quality. Mercy Health Saint Mary’s was one of 72 hospitals awarded in the teaching hospitals category for 2021 and also was recognized for the elite award.

A total of 149 health institutions were listed by the national organization, which rates hospitals on protecting patients from errors and infections, effectiveness of procedures and other provided care.

“Being recognized as a top teaching hospital is a tremendous achievement and a great assurance to the Grand Rapids community that patient safety standards inside our hospital are second to none,” said Dr. Matt Biersack, president of Mercy Health Saint Mary’s. “I am so grateful to all our colleagues and medical staff for continuing to deliver safe, high-quality care amidst the many challenges of this pandemic.”

Health institutions report their performance through Leapfrog’s survey and must meet the standards outlined in the Top Hospitals methodology to be considered for the award. Rated metrics include infection rates, maternity care and a hospital’s ability to prevent medical errors.

The Economic Alliance of Michigan (EAM) represents Leapfrog on a regional level, and the partnership, established in 2014, works with providers, purchasers and patients to ensure safe, high-quality and affordable health care.

“The work the Leapfrog Group does is vital in saving lives. Their Hospital Safety Grade helps patients and family members decide which hospital will provide the best care. If you choose a ‘C’ grade hospital over an ‘A’ grade hospital, your chances of dying increase by 88%,” said Bret Jackson, president, EAM. “On behalf of the EAM, we congratulate the seven hospitals awarded as a Top Hospital and thank you for your efforts in providing a high level of patient safety, especially during these times of uncertainty with the ongoing pandemic.”

Other Michigan hospitals recognized for quality of care include:

  • MidMichigan Medical Center in Gladwin — Top Rural Hospital
  • ProMedica Charles and Virginia Hickman Hospital in Adrian — Top Rural Hospital
  • Spectrum Health Kelsey Hospital in Lakeview — Top Rural Hospital
  • Spectrum Health Reed City — Top Rural Hospital
  • St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Hospital — Top Teaching Hospital
  • St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Hospital in Ypsilanti — Top Teaching Hospital

A total of eight children’s hospitals, 46 general hospitals and 23 rural hospitals were recognized in other categories.

“We are pleased to recognize our 2021 Top Hospitals. Their commitment to transparency, patient safety and quality care saves lives every day,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals continue to face challenges as the pandemic evolves, and upholding these quality and standards is a major achievement. EAM has done an exemplary job in Michigan, and we can expect them to be at the helm of this journey.”

A full list of nationwide top hospitals is available at

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