Upper Michigan hospital receives 'A' for patient safety

Similar to previous iterations, Leapfrog's newest grades shows wide variation in patient safety performance across hospitals.

The state dropped one spot, to No. 14 from No. 13, according to the Leapfrog Group's spring 2019 Hospital Safety Grade.

UP Health System-Marquette, War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste.

Twice annually, Leapfrog uses publicly available data and sends each hospital a questionnaire to fill out to come up with the grades.

Developed under the guidance of a National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 USA acute-care hospitals twice per year.

Hurley Medical Center was the only MI hospital to receive an "F" grade for patient safety, according to data from the Economic Alliance for MI.

Two hospitals have received straight A's since Leapfrog began the patient safety scores in 2012: DMC Huron Valley-Sinai in Commerce Township and Michigan Medicine, the parent company of the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor.

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Northwestern Memorial Hospital fell from an A grade back to a B after improving past year, while Rush University Medical Center got a B for the second season. "The last time Hurley scored above a "D" was in Fall 2013", Jackson said in a statement.

IL hospitals didn't score as well on patient safety this season. That's down from an estimated 205,000 avoidable deaths in 2016, Leapfrog said.

The analysis likely underestimates the number of preventable deaths in hospitals since it only evaluated a subset of safety issues by looking at just 16 safety measures, according to the authors.

An estimated 160,000 hospital patients die a year from the avoidable medical errors 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.

"We appreciate the ongoing efforts by Leapfrog to improve the usefulness and accessibility of information for consumers", Megan McCann, a spokeswoman for the hospital, said in an email.

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