Published on May 10, 2022

Medical Center in Alpena Receives Annual Safety Grade for Spring 2022

MyMichigan Health’s Medical Centers recently received annual safety grades for spring 2022 from The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Leapfrog Group 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.

For the spring 2022 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena earned a ‘C’ grade, matching the majority of hospitals scored by Leapfrog. “MyMichigan Health is committed to achieving the highest levels of quality and safety for our patients, visitors and team members. While scoring and weight calculations for the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade change from one grade period to the next, we continually review best practices in patient safety to strengthen our quality and performance measures,” said Chuck Sherwin, president, MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena. “Each scoring period allows us to learn through Leapfrog on how our performance compares to the best in the nation, giving us opportunity to reflect on adjustments we can make for the betterment of our patients.”

With quality and patient experience an ongoing focus at MyMichigan Health, all areas of care are monitored and reviewed for opportunities for improvement. According to the Leapfrog safety survey, since the spring 2022 grading period, several areas of progress have been made at MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena. Patient ratings for hospital experience were higher than other hospitals scored by Leapfrog, as were scores for implementation of practices to provide safe care. Infections common when urinary or central venous catheters are used were reduced, and the Medical Center also had zero or reduced rates of falls and complications related to surgeries or postoperative care.

Improvements also continue to be made in identifying patients admitted with C. difficile. 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 past two years have been a challenge for everyone working in health care,” said Greg Rogers, CEO of MyMichigan Health. “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.”

MyMichigan Medical Center Sault also received a ‘C’. MyMichigan Medical Centers in Alma and West Branch went up to an ‘A,’ and MyMichigan Medical Center Midland received its fifth consecutive ‘A’.  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 the 2022 Leapfrog Top Hospital Award for excellence in quality and safety.

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.

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.