West Michigan hospitals score As


Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital was founded in 1873 and is part of the Spectrum Health Medical Center in downtown Grand Rapids. Courtesy Spectrum Health

Seven West Michigan hospitals have earned top marks for hospital safety, according to a nonprofit.

The spring 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades handed out top marks to 25 Michigan hospitals, including Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids and Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital in East Grand Rapids.

The report, completed by The Leapfrog Group and the Economic Alliance for Michigan, graded 79 hospitals in the state on their dedication to patient safety and care.

Performance measures from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey and Leapfrog’s Hospital Survey were used in determining rankings.

“The EAM and our members applaud the 25 hospitals in Michigan earning an A grade,” said Bret Jackson, president, Economic Alliance for Michigan. “Employers and patients should make note of which hospitals provide higher patient safety, since it leads to lower health care costs.”

The following West Michigan hospitals also earned A grades.

Mercy Health Mercy Campus, Muskegon
Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital
Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital
Spectrum Health United Hospital, Greenville
Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital

“Delivering high-quality care and ensuring the safety of our patients, employees and providers is integral to our mission at Spectrum Health: to improve the health of the communities we serve,” said J. Michael Kramer, SVP and chief quality officer, Spectrum Health. “Winning these awards demonstrates a commitment at every level of the organizations. Our caregivers make safety behaviors a daily ritual. I am grateful for their dedication to our patients.”

Several other West Michigan hospitals also scored passing marks. Bronson Battle Creek and Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo both earned Bs, as did Mercy Health Hackley Campus in Muskegon, North Ottawa Community Hospital in Grand Haven and Spectrum Health Pennock in Hastings.

Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo and Mercy Health Saint Mary’s in Grand Rapids earned Cs.

“Since the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade launch in 2012, our mission has been to increase awareness of hospital safety concerns among consumers, as well as light a fire under hospitals and community leaders to be champions for change,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO, The Leapfrog Group. “The EAM has proven its dedication to improving patient safety through its ongoing work with local hospitals. We commend every individual who has contributed to ensure patients in Michigan receive safe care.”

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