Awards, Zeeland Community Hospital
Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital Recognized with an ‘A’ for Safety
December 14, 2020
ZEELAND, Mich., December 14, 2020 – Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ in the fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing the hospital’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care.
This is the 9th consecutive ‘A’ grade for Zeeland Community Hospital dating back to 2016.
“Receiving nine consecutive ‘A’ ratings is a tremendous honor and a tribute to our sustained culture of safety,” said Linda Schaltz, chief nursing officer, Zeeland Community Hospital. “With the challenges brought on by COVID-19, patient safety is more important than ever— and this award validates our team’s diligent work.”
Zeeland Community Hospital was one of three Spectrum Health West Michigan hospitals awarded an “A” grade by Leapfrog this fall. Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville and Spectrum Health Big Rapids 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.
“We are extremely grateful to hospital leadership and health care workers who have remained steadfast in prioritizing patient safety as our nation battles COVID-19,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “This ‘A’ is a testament to the care and commitment of those who work for Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital. With the current pandemic exposing existing flaws within the U.S. health care system, we appreciate you putting patient safety first. Lives depend on it.”
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.