Awards, Kelsey Hospital

Spectrum Health Kelsey Hospital Earns Top Rural Hospital Honors

2019 Leapfrog Award recognizes outstanding quality and safety.

Spectrum Health Kelsey Hospital.

LAKEVIEW, Mich., December 17, 2019– Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, Spectrum Health Kelsey Hospital was named a Top Rural Hospital by The Leapfrog Group.

Announced today, the Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive. The Top Hospital designation is awarded by The Leapfrog Group, a national watchdog organization of employers and other purchasers focused on health care safety and quality.

“We’re extremely pleased and excited to receive the Top Rural Hospital designation,” said Andrea Russell, Spectrum Health Kelsey Hospital quality improvement manager. “It affirms the work our team does every day to provide quality care for our patients.”

Lorraine Yeager, hospital nursing manager, agreed that earning the award was a team effort.

“The award recognizes the efforts and outcomes of our entire clinical team and support staff in Lakeview,” she said. “We’re delighted to receive this award.”

About 2,100 hospitals were considered for the award. Kelsey Hospital was one of 18 hospitals to receive a Top Rural Hospital distinction, as did Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital. Nationally, a total of 118 hospitals were selected as Top Hospitals, including:

  • 7 Top Children’s Hospitals
  • 37 Top General Hospitals
  • 18 Top Rural Hospitals
  • 56 Top Teaching Hospitals

Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, practices for safer surgery and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication errors.

“We are pleased to recognize Kelsey Hospital as a 2019 Leapfrog Top Hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “This demonstrates extraordinary dedication to patients and to the Lakeview area community. We congratulate the board, staff and clinicians whose efforts made this honor possible and know they share pride in this achievement.”

To qualify for the Top Hospitals distinction, hospitals must rank top among peers in the 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Survey, which assesses hospital performance on the highest known standards for quality and patient safety, while achieving top performance in its category.

To see the full list of institutions honored as 2019 Top Hospitals, visit


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, a not-for-profit, integrated health system, is committed to improving the health and wellness of our communities. We live our mission every day with 31,000 compassionate professionals, 4,300 medical staff experts, 3,300 committed volunteers and a health plan serving 1 million members. Our talented physicians and caregivers are privileged to offer a full continuum of care and wellness services to our communities through 14 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, 155 ambulatory sites and telehealth offerings. We pursue health care solutions for today and tomorrow that diversify our offerings. Locally-governed and based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, our health system provided $585 million in community benefit in fiscal year 2019. Thanks to the generosity of our communities, we received $30 million in philanthropy in the most recent fiscal year to support research, academics, innovation and clinical care. Spectrum Health has been recognized as one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics®, part of IBM Watson HealthTM.

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