Published on November 11, 2021

Medical Centers Receive Annual Safety Grades for Fall 2021

MidMichigan Health’s Medical Centers recently received annual safety grades for fall 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 general hospitals across the country based on over thirty national performance measures reflecting errors, injuries, accidents and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm.

For the fall 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, MidMichigan Medical Center in Midland earned a fourth consecutive ‘A’ grade; MidMichigan Medical Center – Gratiot its fifth ‘B’ in a row, and the Medical Center in West Branch a second ‘B’ ‘in a row. MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena received a ‘C’ grade. MidMichigan Medical Centers in Clare and Gladwin are not graded as they do not meet volume thresholds for scoring or are critical access hospitals.

“While scoring and weight calculations for the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade change from one grade period to the next, we continually review best practices in patient safety to strengthen our quality and performance measures,” said Diane Postler-Slattery, Ph.D., FACHE, president and CEO, MidMichigan Health. “Each scoring period allows us to learn through Leapfrog on how our performance compares to the best in the nation, giving us opportunity to reflect on adjustments we can be make for the betterment of our patients.”

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 spring 2021 grading period, several areas of progress has been made across MidMichigan Health Medical Centers. These include improvements in c-difficile, including testing protocol revisions, case reviews, antibiotic use and duration. Improvements continue to also be made in patient experience scores, hand hygiene and falls.

“MidMichigan Health continues to be laser focused on zero harm and reducing falls and preventing falls with injury,” stated Postler-Slattery. “We have a culture that supports zero falls and we take a number of steps to ensure it remains a top priority. Among those efforts include consistently measuring and analyzing specific contributing factors that may lead to patient’s fall. In addition, we hold unit quality and safety huddles once a shift to address observations and make necessary changes. Our patients remain the focus of all that we do.”

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harms to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.

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.