Medical Center in Alpena Receives Improved Grade in Patient Safety from Leapfrog
ALPENA, Mich. – MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena was awarded a ‘B’ in the spring 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, up from a ‘C’ the Medical Center received during the Fall 2019 survey. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Safety Grade is a letter grade assigned to all general hospitals across the country and updated every six months, assessing how well the hospital prevents medical errors and other harms to patients.
“Receiving this recognition during such an extraordinary time that we have all been faced with gives our health care team a renewed energy,” said Chuck Sherwin, president of MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena. “As we continue to navigate through COVID-19, patient safety is more vital than ever. We have all been working diligently to meet and remain several steps ahead of the demands put on us. No matter the uncertainty that faces us - our commitment to quality and safety will never change.”
“Our goal is to inform patients about local hospitals with the best safety measures in place and the strongest records,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Every hospital can earn an ‘A’ grade, and we’re proud of the hospitals that are committed to making an effort to protect patients from harm.”
Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to approximately 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.
In addition to the Medical Center in Alpena achieving a higher safety score for Spring 2020, MidMichigan Medical Centers in Gratiot and Midland also received higher safety scores, with a “B” grade for Gratiot and an “A” grade for Midland. Improvements made across MidMichigan Health during the 2019 survey period included ICU patient management and bar code medication scanning.
“Each year we learn through Leapfrog how our performance compares to the best in the nation,” said Sherwin. “Our efforts for improvement each year have resulted in better outcomes for our patients and have helped improve our overall performance.”
Those interested in viewing the full grades may visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.
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 and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC 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.