Medical Centers Receive Annual Safety Grades for Spring 2021
MidMichigan Health’s Medical Centers recently received annual safety grades for spring 2021 from The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” letter grade to all general hospitals across the country and is updated every six months. It is the only program that rates exclusively on how well a hospital prevents medical errors and other harm to patients in their care.
For the spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, MidMichigan Medical Centers in both Alpena and Midland earned a second consecutive ‘A’ grade; MidMichigan Medical Center – Gratiot its second ‘B’ in a row, and the Medical Center in West Branch received a ‘B,’ up from a ‘C’ received in fall 2020. MidMichigan Medical Centers in Clare and Gladwin are not graded as they do not meet volume thresholds for scoring or are critical access hospitals.
“The annual recognition from Leapfrog continues to have a special meaning to all of us here at MidMichigan Health as our teams across the system continue to encounter challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Diane Postler-Slattery, Ph.D., FACHE, president and CEO, MidMichigan Health. “We continually review best practices in patient safety to strengthen our quality and performance measures. It’s a commitment we look at each and every day and we won’t let up on it no matter what’s in front of us.”
With quality and patient experience an ongoing focus at MidMichigan Health, all areas of care are reviewed daily for opportunities for improvement. According to the Leapfrog safety survey, since the fall 2020 grading period, several areas of progress have been made across MidMichigan Health Medical Centers. These include improvements in patient experience scores and infection rates, and reductions in pressure ulcers and surgery-related complications.
“Each scoring period we learn through Leapfrog how our performance compares to the best in the nation,” said Postler-Slattery. “Our efforts for improvement results in better outcomes for our patients which shows by our improving Leapfrog performance.”
Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,700 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.
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.