Awards, Big Rapids Hospital

Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital Recognized with an ‘A’ for Safety

BIG RAPIDS, Mich., May 10, 2022 – Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ in the spring 2022 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade a national distinction recognizing the hospital’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care.

“We’re very excited to earn this distinction that validates our team’s good work,” said Andrea Leslie, president of Spectrum Health Big Rapids, Reed City, United and Kelsey Hospitals. “With the challenges COVID-19 has brought, patient safety is more important than ever. I’m really proud of our team in keeping patient safety our highest priority.”

Big Rapids Hospital was one of four Spectrum Health West Michigan hospitals that were awarded “A” grades this fall by Leapfrog. Spectrum Health United Hospital, Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital and Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital were also recognized for providing safer care.

The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to all general hospitals across the country and is updated every six months. It is based on a hospital’s performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.

“As our health care system continues to feel the strain of the pandemic, I thank the workforce and leadership of Big Rapids Hospital for sustained commitment to patient safety, day in and day out,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “An ‘A’ Safety Grade is an outstanding achievement, and one that is not possible without a 24/7 effort by the entire health care workforce to protect patients from harm. This community should be proud.”

Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

To see Big Rapids Hospital’s full grade details and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org.

 

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