The report card is in – We’ve earned an “A” for patient safety again

Students at local schools will receive their report cards soon, but we’ve already gotten ours for patient safety – and it’s a good one. For the third straight time, UMHS has earned an “A” from the nonprofit Leapfrog Group patient safety organization, based on our performance on a wide array of measures.

Leapfrog has been tracking hospitals’ efforts to prevent errors, near-misses, infections, medication mix-ups and other preventable issues for more than a decade. Last June, they introduced a new way to make it easy for consumers to understand how well a hospital is doing on these measures, by introducing a letter-grade Hospital Safety Score.

UMHS earned the highest grade last spring and fall, and now we are among 780 hospitals in the U.S. to earn an A for the spring report card. We’re in good company – 40 percent of Michigan hospitals earned this high grade.

However, we have an even higher distinction: last December, we earned a place as one of only 67 institutions in the country on Leapfrogs’ Top Hospitals list, for our scores on safety measures. It’s our fourth time overall, and our third time in a row, on this prestigious list.

We also were rated among the Best Hospitals in the country for quality and safety by Truven Health Analytics this past February, and featured in AARP’s magazine as one of America’s Safest Hospitals last month.

Only two hospitals in the country, including UMHS, have earned these four quality designations simultaneously: an “A” grade from the Hospital Safety Score system, a place on the Leapfrog Group’s Top Hospitals list, a place on the U.S. News & World Report national Honor Roll of top hospitals and designation as one of Truven Health’s 100 Top Hospitals.

In addition to highlighting all of the great work we are doing, the new Leapfrog scorecard for UMHS (available here) also shows the areas where we can work to become even stronger.

See other hospitals’ safety scores at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

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