Five in a Row, Medical Center Receives Top ‘A’ Grade in Patient Safety
MyMichigan Medical Center Midland was awarded its fifth consecutive ‘A’ in the spring 2022 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization, assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to general hospitals across the country based on over thirty national performance measures reflecting errors, accidents, injuries and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm.
“This award has a special meaning to us as our team has faced and overcome so many challenges over the past two years of working through the pandemic,” said Bryan Cross, Pharm.D., COO of MyMichigan Health and former president of MyMichigan Medical Center Midland. “The past two years have been a challenge for everyone working in health care. I am incredibly proud of our team, who continues to keep the safety of our patients, and each other, at the center of all that they do.”
With quality and patient experience an ongoing focus at MyMichigan Health, all areas of care are monitored and reviewed daily for opportunities for improvement. According to the Leapfrog safety survey, since the spring 2022 grading period, several areas of progress has been made at MyMichigan Medical Center Midland. The Medical Center continues improvement in multiple hospital-acquired condition categories where rates of surgical and postoperative complications are better than Leapfrog averages. Infections that are common when urinary or central venous catheters are used were also reduced. Patient ratings for hospital experience were also higher than other hospitals scored by Leapfrog.
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.
In addition to Midland, for the spring 2022 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, MyMichigan Medical Centers in Alma and West Branch also received an ‘A’ grade. MyMichigan Medical Centers in Alpena and Sault Ste. Marie received a ‘C’ grade. MyMichigan Medical Centers in Clare and Gladwin are not graded as they do not meet volume thresholds for scoring or are critical access hospitals; however, MyMichigan Medical Center Gladwin earned 2022 Leapfrog Top Hospital Award for excellence in quality and safety.
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 for patient safety. 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.