See spring 2018 safety grades for 81 MI hospitals

Maricruz Casares
May 16, 2019

The Economic Alliance for MI and The Leapfrog Group announced the spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which are based on a hospital's ability to protect patients from avoidable errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

MI hospitals were led by five affiliated with Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System and five affiliated with Spectrum Health based in Grand Rapids.

Twice annually, Leapfrog uses publicly available data and sends each hospital a questionnaire to fill out to come up with the grades.

Hurley Medical Center was the only MI hospital to receive an "F" grade for patient safety, according to data from the Economic Alliance for MI.

UP Health System-Portage in Hancock received an "A" - one of 26 hospitals in MI to get the top rating.

Patients at "D" and "F" hospitals face a 92% greater risk of avoidable death compared to hospitals with an "A" grade, while the risk is 88% greater at a hospitals with a "C" grade and 35% greater at "B" hospitals, according to Leapfrog.

The only hospital receiving an F was Hurley Medical Center, a 443-bed public hospital in Flint.

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"Quality is a continuous journey and we strive to be a national leader in delivering high quality care", Charles L. Jolie, a spokesman for Rush University Medical Center, said in an email. "It's time Hurley takes these scores seriously and improve in preventing unnecessary harm to patients".

IL hospitals didn't score as well on patient safety this season.

Illinois' drop is due to fewer hospitals in the state achieving an A grade than in previous seasons, said Erica Mobley, director of operations at Leapfrog.

Leapfrog contracts with The Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins Medicine to update its estimate of deaths due to errors, accidents injuries and infections.

"We appreciate the ongoing efforts by Leapfrog to improve the usefulness and accessibility of information for consumers", Megan McCann, a spokeswoman for the hospital, said in an email.

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"We are cautiously optimistic we are going to see real change and that is the good news from the report", said Leah Binder, president and CEO of the Leapfrog Group.

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