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Pennock Hospital in Hastings was one of five Spectrum Health-owned hospitals that earned top grades in a semi-annual report on patient safety. Pennock Hospital in Hastings was one of five Spectrum Health-owned hospitals that earned top grades in a semi-annual report on patient safety. COURTESY PHOTO

Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, 5 Spectrum Hospitals get top grades in patient safety report

BY Sunday, May 19, 2019 08:58pm

GRAND RAPIDS — Mercy Health Saint Mary’s in Grand Rapids and five Spectrum Health-owned hospitals earned top grades in a semi-annual report on patient safety.

Spectrum Health’s Big Rapids, Ludington, Pennock Hospital in Hastings, United Hospital in Greenville and Zeeland Community Hospital joined Saint Mary’s in earning an “A” grade in the spring report card issued by The Leapfrog Group, a Washington, D.C.-based advocate for health care quality and patient safety.

They were among 26 hospitals in Michigan to earn an “A” in the spring report card, including Sparrow Hospital in Lansing and Munson Healthcare in Cadillac.

“The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade offers our community critical information about which hospitals in Michigan are best at protecting patients from preventable harm,” said Bret Jackson, president of the Novi-based Economic Alliance for Michigan, a business-labor group that coordinates the report card in Michigan.

The Leapfrog Group uses 28 metrics from publicly available data on hospital safety to issue grades to more than 2,600 hospitals twice a year.

“To be recognized nationally as an ‘A’ hospital is an accomplishment the whole community should take pride in,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ grade are making it a priority to protect patients from preventable medical harm and error.”

Here are the spring grades for hospitals in West Michigan that were listed in The Leapfrog Group’s spring report card:

Ascension Borgess, Kalamazoo – C
Bronson Battle Creek – B
Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo – C
Lakeland Community Hospital, Niles – B
Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph – B
Mercy Health Hackley Campus, Muskegon – B
Mercy Health Mercy Campus, Muskegon – B
Mercy Health Saint Mary’s – A
Metro Health-University of Michigan Health – B
Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital – B
Munson Medical Center, Traverse City – B
Spectrum Health Big Rapids – A
Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital – B
Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital – C
Spectrum Health Ludington – A
Spectrum Health Pennock, Hastings – A
Spectrum Health United Hospital, Greenville – A
Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital – A
Sturgis Hospital, Sturgis – C

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