Awards, Big Rapids Hospital

Big Rapids Hospital Earns “A” Rating from Leapfrog

Rating means Big Rapids Hospital is among the safest in the nation

BIG RAPIDS & REED CITY, Mich., November 1, 2016 – Big Rapids Hospital ranks among the safest hospitals in the country after nationwide hospital safety grades were released today by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog.

 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide, provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S. For the second year in a row, Big Rapids Hospital was one of 844 hospitals to receive an “A” in the fall Hospital Safety Grades.

We work hard to make the safety of our patients an integral part of our culture and a top priority,” said Mary Kay VanDriel, president of Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals. “We are honored to be recognized for the second year in a row by Leapfrog. Our hard work is paying off.”

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.

“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 Big Rapids Hospital’s full grade, and to access consumer-friendly patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit 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.

As a critical access hospital, Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital is not eligible to receive a letter grade rating from The Leapfrog Group.


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; 3,600 physicians and advanced practice providers, including 1,500 members of the Spectrum Health Medical Group; and Priority Health, a health plan that served 996,000 members in fiscal year 2017. Spectrum Health is West Michigan’s largest employer, with 26,000 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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