Michigan ranks fifth in nation for hospital patient safety

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Courtesy Mercy Health Saint Mary's

A new set of rankings recognized Michigan as a nationwide leader in hospital patient safety.

National nonprofit The Leapfrog Group, driven in Michigan by the Economic Alliance for Michigan (EAM), recently published its Spring 2022 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. The grading system assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” or “F” grade to all general hospitals across the U.S. and ranks states based on the percentage of “A” hospitals.

According to the system, Michigan ranked fifth in the nation for hospital patient safety, with 50% of graded hospitals receiving an “A.”

Specifically, 81 Michigan hospitals were graded, with 41 earning an “A,” 22 earning a “B,” 17 earning a “C” and one hospital earning a “D.” No “F” grades were recorded.

“Fifth in the country for hospital patient safety, with 78% of recorded hospitals in the state receiving an ‘A’ or ‘B’ grade is simply outstanding,” said Bret Jackson, president of EAM. “Higher levels of patient safety in hospitals means fewer medical errors, which leads to lower costs for patients, their families and employers. By using the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Michiganders can make the best selection for where to seek care.”

Hospitals in West Michigan earning an “A” grade include Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, University of Michigan Health-West, Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital and North Ottawa Community Hospital in Grand Haven.

Michigan Medicine, University of Michigan Health in Ann Arbor, is one of only 22 hospitals in the country to have straight “A’s” since the inception of the grading system in 2012.

Methodology

Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades are assigned based on over 30 national performance measures reflecting errors, accidents, injuries and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm.

The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Grades are updated biannually in the fall and spring.

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