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Published on December 07, 2017

Medical Center in Gladwin Earns National Award for Quality

Top Rural Hospital award by The Leapfrog Group for MidMichigan Medical Center - Gladwin.MidMichigan Medical Center – Gladwin was recently named a Top Rural Hospital by The Leapfrog Group for the second year in a row. Receiving the award on behalf of the Medical Center was, far right, Glenn King, vice president and CNO, MidMichigan Medical Centers in Clare and Gladwin. Joining King was, from left to right: Leah Binder, president and CEO, The Leapfrog Group; Cristie Travis, acting board chair, The Leapfrog Group and CEO, Memphis Business Group on Health; Bret Jackson, midwest regional leader, The Leapfrog Group, and president, Economic Alliance for Michigan.

Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, MidMichigan Medical Center – Gladwin was named a Top Rural Hospital by The Leapfrog Group for the second year in a row. Announced today, the Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive. The Top Hospital designation is awarded by The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog organization.

"We are laser focused on patient safety and quality. To achieve this honor two years in a row is a true reflection of the efforts our leadership, health care team, employees and volunteers give our patients and communities every day,” said Ray Stover, president of MidMichigan Medical Centers in Gladwin and Clare. “One of our greatest strengths is keeping lines of communication open with our community members. This allows us the feedback we need to do our jobs even better while delivering the quality health care our patients deserve.”

Among thousands of hospitals in the country, the Medical Center in Gladwin received a Top Rural hospital distinction, recognized nationally alongside 10 Top Children’s Hospitals, 45 Top General Hospitals, 18 Top Rural Hospitals and 36 Top Teaching Hospitals.

Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, maternity care, and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication errors. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology.

“We are proud to recognize MidMichigan Medical Center – Gladwin as a 2017 Leapfrog Top Hospital. This demonstrates extraordinary dedication to patients and the local community. The entire staff and board deserve praise for putting quality first and achieving results,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog.

To qualify for the Top Hospitals distinction, hospitals must submit a Leapfrog Hospital Survey. The selection of Top Hospitals 2017 is based on surveys from nearly 1,900 hospitals.

Earlier this year, MidMichigan broke ground on a new medical offices building in Gladwin. The 17,000 square-foot facility will be located at 1105 E. Cedar Ave., on the north side of M-61 across from Chemical Bank in Gladwin. The project is slated to be completed by summer 2018. The new building will house primary care providers, an urgent care center, a lab drawing station, as well as diagnostic X-ray services and a primary access care clinic. The facility also will be the new office site of Family Medicine Physicians Evangeline Ancheta, M.D. and Renee Fuller, M.D. Drs. Ancheta and Fuller are currently located at 609 Quarter St., on the campus of MidMichigan Medical Center in Gladwin.

Those interested in seeing a full list of institutions honored as 2017 Top Hospitals, visit


About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

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