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Spectrum Health Lauded for Safety Practices

Several hospitals earn “A” for patient safety in spring 2017 Leapfrog Safety Grade

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., April 12, 2017 – Spectrum Health has received an impressive report card in the most recent industry safety rankings.

The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety, and transparency in the U.S. health care system, today released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide.

Spectrum Health hospitals ranked as follows:

  • Blodgett Hospital– A
  • Butterworth Hospital (Grand Rapids Medical Center) – A
  • Pennock – B
  • Ludington Hospital – A
  • United Hospital – A
  • Zeeland Community Hospital– A
  • Big Rapids Hospital– A

“Delivering high-quality care and ensuring the safety of our patients, employees and providers is integral to our mission at Spectrum Health: to improve the health of the communities we serve. Winning these awards demonstrates a commitment at every level of the organizations.  Our caregivers make safety behaviors a daily ritual.  I am grateful for their dedication to our patients.” said J. Michael Kramer, MD, senior vice president and chief quality officer, Spectrum Health.

Leapfrog awarded 823 hospitals to an “A” for reducing errors, infections, and accidents that can harm patients.

“Hospitals that earn top marks nationally in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, ‘have achieved the highest safety standards in the country,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “That takes commitment from every member of the hospital staff, who all deserve thanks and congratulations when their hospitals achieve an ‘A’ Safety Grade.”

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.

To see Spectrum Health’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.

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 that provides care and coverage, comprising 31,000+ team members, 14 hospitals (including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital), a robust network of care facilities, teams of nationally recognized doctors and providers, and the nation’s third-largest provider-sponsored health plan, Priority Health, currently serving over 1 million members across the state of Michigan. People are at the heart of everything we do. Locally governed and headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, we are focused on our mission: to improve health, inspire hope and save lives. Spectrum Health has a legacy of strong community partnerships, philanthropy and transparency. Through experience, innovation and collaboration, we are reimagining a better, more equitable model of health and wellness.

Contact:
Sarina Gleason
Media Relations
Phone: 517.256.5618
Email: sarina.gleason@spectrumhealth.org