Published on May 10, 2022

Medical Center in Alma Achieves Leapfrog’s Top ‘A’ Grade in Patient Safety

MyMichigan Medical Center Alma was awarded an ‘A’ in the spring 2022 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, up from a ‘B’ received during the fall 2021 survey. 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 Marita Hattem–Schiffman, president of MyMichigan Medical Centers in Alma, Clare and Mt. Pleasant. “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, the Medical Center in Alma now performs among the highest levels in several areas including in multiple hospital-acquired condition categories and reducing rates of complications related to surgery and postoperative care. The Medical Center also scored better than other hospitals graded by Leapfrog for patient experience.

In addition, the Medical Center participates in the voluntary submission of data to Leapfrog beyond the basic requirements to be graded. “We are especially excited to have earned an ‘A’ grade because we transparently hold ourselves to these highest of standards,” Hattem-Schiffman said.

Improvements continue to be made in identifying patients admitted with C. difficile infection. When C. difficile tests are positive after an admission timeframe, hospitals are attributed a “healthcare-associated infection.” MyMichigan Health has designed new testing and screening processes to use across the health system to promptly identify patients with C. difficile upon admission allowing early treatment and precautions to be implemented.

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 Alma, for the spring 2022 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, MyMichigan Medical Centers in Midland 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 a 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.