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Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital honored with patient safety award for excellence

ZEELAND, Mich., March 10, 2021 – In observance National Patient Safety Awareness Week, the Economic Alliance for Michigan (EAM), a nonprofit group comprised of Michigan’s largest employers and unions, announced Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital as a recipient of the 2021 EAM Hospital Patient Safety Awards. This annual award recognizes hospitals in Michigan consistently performing high marks and improvements in patient safety and quality of care.

“Congratulations to all the hospitals who earned an EAM Hospital Patient Safety Award. By making patient safety a top priority, you are saving hundreds of lives,” said Bret Jackson, president, EAM. “There’s no doubt the pandemic has pushed hospitals and healthcare professionals in Michigan to their breaking points. Thank you to all the frontline workers for your hard work and dedication in helping Michiganders get through this difficult time.”

Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital, along with Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Spectrum Health United Hospitals, earned the Excellence Award. Hospitals receiving the Excellence Award participated in the annual Leapfrog Group survey and maintained all “A’s” with Hospital Safety Grade in four consecutive grading terms (Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020).

“Our team has remained vigilant and dedicated to preventing hospital-acquired conditions from occurring, even amidst increased activity from the pandemic,” said Joe Klesney, interim president and chief operating officer, Zeeland Community Hospital. “This award demonstrates that patient safety has always been and remains our top priority.”

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About the Economic Alliance for Michigan

Founded in 1982, the EAM is comprised of businesses and unions working together with one clear objective – continued growth of Michigan’s economy by inspiring job growth and strengthen Michigan’s competitiveness for attracting companies and talent. The EAM seeks to use the collective voice of Michigan’s purchasers to serve as catalysts for change to ensure appropriate access to patient-centric, high-value healthcare. The EAM is the Michigan Regional Leader for The Leapfrog Group. Learn more about the EAM at Follow us on Twitter @EAMOnline. Learn more about the The Leapfrog Group at

About Spectrum Health

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.

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