Awards, Zeeland Community Hospital
Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital Recognized with an ‘A’ for Safety
ZEELAND, Mich., May 10, 2022 – Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ in the spring 2022 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Gradea national distinction recognizing the hospital’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care.
This is the 12th consecutive “A” grade for Zeeland Community Hospital dating back to 2016.
The Leapfrog Group “A” grade follows Zeeland Community Hospital earning its fourth consecutive Economic Alliance for Michigan Excellence Award earlier this year for patient safety. It was one of only 13 hospitals in Michigan to earn the award.
“Twelve straight “A” grades do not happen by chance. Instead, this tremendous accomplishment is the result of our entire team’s commitment to daily improvement in all areas of safety and quality,” said Bill Hoefer, southwest regional market leader and president, Zeeland Community Hospital. “Earning and maintaining this exceptional rating reflects not only our team’s solid clinical performance, but also emphasizes their commitment to excellence in patient outcomes.”
Zeeland Community Hospital was one of four Spectrum Health West Michigan hospitals that were awarded “A” grades this spring by Leapfrog. Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital, Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital and Spectrum Health United 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 Zeeland Community 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 Zeeland Community Hospital’s full grade details and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org.
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