Published on April 30, 2020

Medical Center in Midland Earns Top Grade in Patient Safety from Leapfrog Group

MIDLAND, Mich. – MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland was awarded an ‘A’ on the spring 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. This is the sixth ‘A’ grade the Medical Center has received since 2015. 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, each fall and again every spring, 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 Greg Rogers, president of MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland. “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.”

Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

“As the Nation copes with a challenging pandemic, our gratitude extends to hospital leadership and health care workers everywhere for their tremendous dedication,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We hope this ‘A’ helps to thank the people who work and volunteer for MidMichigan. They are role models in putting patients first, and their service has been extraordinary in our country’s time of need.”

In addition to the Medical Center in Midland achieving a higher grade for Spring 2020, MidMichigan Medical Centers in Alpena and Gratiot also received higher safety scores, with both Medical Centers awarded a “B” grade. 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 Rogers. “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.