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West Michigan hospitals awarded top grades in semi-annual report card

BY MiBiz Staff Monday, October 31, 2016 03:55pm

Eleven hospitals in West Michigan were among 29 statewide to receive a top grade in the latest report card on patient safety.

The results of the fall 2016 Hospital Safety Grades report issued by The Leapfrog Group show an improvement from the previous report in spring, when 19 Michigan hospitals received an “A” for patient safety.

Michigan overall ranked 19th nationally for patient safety in the fall Leapfrog report with 36.7 percent of all hospitals in the state receiving an “A.” Six of the 11 West Michigan hospitals that earned a top grade are owned by Grand Rapids-based Spectrum Health.

“We are very pleased to see the upward trend in hospitals that are putting patient safety first,” said Bret Jackson, president Economic Alliance for Michigan, a labor coalition that partners with The Leapfrog Group.

Jackson, however, did voice concern that more Michigan hospitals do not fare better in the report by The Leapfrog Group, which twice annually analyzes data on patient safety at more than 2,600 nationwide and issues letter grades.

“With medical errors being the third leading cause of death in the United States, we are concerned with the number of Michigan hospitals that are not meeting safe standards,” Jackson said. “People need to know that the cost of care increases going to a C or D hospital, as does the risk of death.”

West Michigan hospitals that received a top grade in The Leapfrog Group’s fall report were:

Lakeland Community Hospital, Niles
Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph
Metro Health Hospital, Wyoming
North Ottawa Community Hospital, Grand Haven
Spectrum Health Big Rapids, Big Rapids
Spectrum Health Blodgett, East Grand Rapids
Spectrum Health Butterworth, Grand Rapids
Spectrum Health Ludington, Ludington
Spectrum Health United Memorial, Greenville
Spectrum Health Zeeland Community, Zeeland
Sturgis Hospital, Sturgis

West Michigan hospitals receiving a “B” were Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Bronson Battle Creek and Spectrum Health Pennock in Hastings. Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo and Mercy Health Saint Mary’s in Grand Rapids each earned a “C.”

The two Mercy Health hospitals in Muskegon – the Hackley Campus and the Mercy Campus – both received a “D.”

The fall 2016 Leapfrog Group grades and past reports are available at hospitalsafetyscore.org.

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