Awards, Ludington Hospital
Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital recognized with top ranking for safety
May 8, 2020
LUDINGTON, Michigan, May 7, 2020 – Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital has been awarded an A-rating in the spring 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade.
“Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital is excited to receive The Leapfrog Group’s national recognition for safety and this award is a tribute to our outstanding health professionals who come in every day committed to improving health, inspiring hope and saving lives,” said Ludington Hospital interim Regional Market Leader and Chief Operating Officer Helen Johnson. “Ludington Hospital is honored to serve the families of Mason and Oceana counties and provide them with personalized care that meets their needs. Now more than ever, when the families we serve are concerned about the COVID-19 pandemic, Ludington Hospital is redoubling our efforts to ensure that our hospital, clinics and other spaces are safe for people to get the care and services they need.”
The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Safety Grade is a letter grade assigned to all general hospitals across the country and updated every six months, assessing how well the hospital prevents medical errors and other harms to patients.
Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 28 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.
“As the nation copes with a challenging pandemic, our gratitude extends to hospital leadership and health care workers everywhere for their tremendous dedication,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We hope this ‘A’ helps to thank the people who work and volunteer for Spectrum Health. They are role models in putting patients first, and their service has been extraordinary in our country’s time of need.”
Six Spectrum Health West Michigan hospitals were awarded ‘As’ in the spring 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. In addition to Ludington Hospital, Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital, Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital, Spectrum Health Lakeland St. Joseph Hospital, Spectrum Health United Hospital and Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital were recognized by Leapfrog for providing safer health care.
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 and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC 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 System, 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, 4,600 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, 150 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.