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Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital earns “A” grade for patient safety

Top rating in Fall 2016 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

Ludington, MI, November 1, 2016 – Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital received an “A” grade for patient safety in the new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, just announced by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog organization. The “A” ranking places Ludington Hospital among the safest hospitals in the United States.

“It’s very gratifying to see so much hard work by our physicians and clinical staff on patient safety and quality recognized by a respected national organization,” said Ludington internist Mary O’Callaghan, DO, division chief for Spectrum Health Medical Group in the northwest region. “A wonderful achievement for everyone involved.”

Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital is one of 844 hospitals nationwide to receive Leapfrog’s highest rating for patient safety.

President Randy Kelley said, “This recognition, like other recent awards, is important not only to our medical professionals, reflecting their fine performance, but also validates the confidence of our patients who entrust us with their health care.”

Added Helen Johnson, the hospital’s chief nursing officer, ”This inspires us all to keep striving for excellence in patient outcomes. While our people do their best every day, regardless of recognition, there’s no doubt that occasional acknowledgment is deeply appreciated.”

“Protecting patients from harm is the most important charge for any hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We recognize and appreciate ‘A’ hospitals’ vigilance and continued dedication to keeping their patients safe.”

To see Ludington Hospital’s full grade, and to access consumer-friendly patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org or follow The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade mobile app for Apple and Android devices.

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 in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital 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.

Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system, based in West Michigan, offering a full continuum of care through the Spectrum Health Hospital Group, which is comprised of 12 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital; 180 ambulatory and service sites; 3,400 physicians and advanced practice providers, including 1,500 members of the Spectrum Health Medical Group; and Priority Health, a health plan with 788,000 members. Spectrum Health is West Michigan’s largest employer, with 25,700 employees. The organization provided $372 million in community benefit during its 2017 fiscal year. Spectrum Health was named one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems—and in the top five among the largest health systems—in 2017 by Truven Health Analytics®, part of IBM Watson HealthTM. This is the sixth time the organization has received this recognition.

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