Published on March 29, 2022

Medical Center Recognized With Top Patient Safety Award

Photo of EAM Patient Safety Award logo.MyMichigan Medical Center Midland has received the highest patient safety award from the Economic Alliance for Michigan (EAM), a nonprofit group comprised of Michigan’s largest employers and unions. EAM announced the recipients of the 2022 EAM Hospital Patient Safety Awards earlier this month, in observance of National Patient Safety Awareness Week.

“We are thrilled that everyone at MyMichigan Medical Center Midland was recognized for their dedication and commitment to patient safety,” said Kay Wagner, D.H.A., M.S.N., R.N., vice president, quality and patient safety, MyMichigan Health. “This award is a true testament to how hard our providers, clinical staff and all employees have worked over the last several years to ensure each and every patient they see receives excellent health care in a safe environment.”

The awards recognize hospitals in Michigan that consistently achieve high performance marks and improvements in patient safety and quality of care. MyMichigan Medical Center Midland is one of 13 hospitals in Michigan who earned an EAM Hospital Patient Safety Award, a decrease from 18 recipients the previous year.

“There is little doubt the pandemic contributed to a decreased level of patient safety. Hospitals had to deal with exuberant numbers of critically ill patients, along with an overworked and burned-out staff,” said Bret Jackson, president, EAM. “Hopefully, all medical providers can put safety-related practices they learned during the pandemic to protect patients well into the future.

Hospitals can achieve two different awards, the Excellence Award and the Improvement Award. To be considered for an award, hospitals must have participated in the 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Survey, demonstrating the hospital’s commitment to transparency. The Leapfrog Group is the nation’s premier advocate of transparency in health care – collecting, analyzing and disseminating data to inform value-based purchasing and improved decision-making.

Hospitals that received the Excellence Award, including the Medical Center in Midland, participated in the annual Leapfrog Group survey and maintained all ‘A’s’ with Hospital Safety Grade in four consecutive grading terms – Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021 and Fall 2021.

“Thank you and congratulations to all our well-deserving award recipients for their dedication to transparency and patient safety,” said Jackson. “Your hard work not only saves lives, but also saves dollars for patients and employers.” 

About Economic Alliance for Michigan
Founded in 1982, the EAM is comprised of businesses and unions working together with one clear objective – continued growth of Michigan’s economy by inspiring job growth and strengthen Michigan’s competitiveness for attracting companies and talent. The EAM seeks to use the collective voice of Michigan’s purchasers to serve as catalysts for change to ensure appropriate access to patient-centric, high-value health care. Learn more about the EAM at www.eamonline.org.