Mymichigan Medical Center awarded top patient safety grade
Mymichigan Medical Center in Alma scored the highest grade possible in a recent hospital safety rating report.
The A grade was part of the selfreported semi-annual Leapfrog Hospital Safety Survey. Mymichigan Medical Centers in Midland and West Branch also earned the top ranking, while those in Alpena and Sault Ste. Marie received C grades.
Mymichigan Medical Centers in Clare and Gladwin did not receive grades because they do not meet Leapfrog’s patient thresholds.
Alma’s ranking is up from a B it received in the fall.
“This award has a special meaning to us as our team has faced and overcome so many challenges over the past two years working through the pandemic,” Marita Hattem-schiffman, president of Mymichigan Medical Centers in Alma, Clare and Mt. Pleasant, stated in a press release . “I am incredibly proud of our team, who continues to keep the safety of our patients, and each other, at the center of all that they do.”
According to the survey, since the last grading period Alma now performs among the highest lev
els in several areas including multiple hospital-acquired condition categories and reducing rates of complications related to surgery and postoperative care.
It also graded higher than other hospitals for patient experience.
In addition, the medical center in Alma participates in the voluntary submission of data to Leapfrog beyond the basic requirements to be graded, Hattem-schiffman added.
“We are especially excited to have earned an ‘A’ grade because we transparently hold ourselves to these highest standards,” she said.
The Leapfrog safety grade is the only ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harm to patients. Grades are updated in the spring and fall.
“Mymichigan Health is committed to achieving the highest levels of quality and safety for our patients, visitors and team members,” President and CEO Greg Rogers said. “While scoring and weight calculations for the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade change from one grade period to the next, we continually review best practices in patient safety to strengthen our quality performance measures.”
The survey allows Mymichigan Health to learn how its performance compares to other top hospitals in the nation and what adjustments it can make to become even better, he noted.
“The past two years have been a challenge for everyone working in health care,” Rogers said. “I am incredibly proud of our team, who continues to keep the safety of our patients, and each other, at the center of all that they do.”
Mymichigan Medical Center in Mt. Pleasant and Mclaren-central Michigan, despite earning an A grade in the fall, did not participate in the spring survey, according to the Leapfrog website.
Those interested in viewing the full grades each participating hospital submitted can visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.