Michigan hospitals scored slightly lower on the latest Leapfrog Group safety report, with less “A” and more “C” than previous iterations of the semi-annual assessment.
Of 81 hospitals in the state, 25 received an overall A grade, 28 a B grade, 23 a C grade, and one a D grade at the fall 2022 evaluation. Another four hospitals were left unrated, according to data released last week by the national nonprofit monitoring organization.
For a decade, the group has rated hospitals on how well they protect patients from preventable medical errors, accidents, injuries and infections, as reported by the facilities themselves and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Hospitals are also rated against national averages based on criteria such as hospital governance, staff communications, and an efficient number of qualified nurses.
The hospital-specific certificates are available every six months in spring and autumn.
Nationwide, about 30% of the nearly 3,000 hospitals assessed received an “A” grade this fall, while about 28% received a “B” grade, 36% a “C” grade, 6% a “D” grade, and 1% a “D” grade. D” received an “F”. This put Michigan ahead in percentage of “A” grades and above average in rate of “B” grades.
Michigan had 16 fewer “A” grade hospitals this fall compared to spring. During that time span, the organization awarded six more “B” grades, six more “C” grades, and left four hospitals ungraded.
Excluding hospitals with no grade, 45 hospitals maintained their grades from spring to fall. Of the remainder, 25 had a lower overall grade in the fall than in the spring, while seven improved their scores.
Below is an interactive map of Michigan. Hover over each colored dot to see the hospital’s fall 2022 safety ratings, according to the Leapfrog Group. Each hospital also includes a comparison of grades over the past three years where available.
(Leapfrog does not rate military or veteran hospitals, critical access hospitals, specialty hospitals, children’s hospitals, or ambulatory surgery centers.)
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Of Michigan’s 83 counties, 21 are home to at least one “A” rated hospital. The four counties with more than one A-Level hospital were Berrien, Ottawa, St. Clair, and Washtenaw.
Nine hospitals have maintained an “A” grade for at least the last eight reports since 2019. This includes:
- Chelsea Hospital in Chelsea
- Federal Medical Center in Saginaw
- Henry Ford Jackson Hospital
- Lake Huron Medical Center in Port Huron
- McLaren Central Michigan at Mount Pleasant
- Spectrum Health United in Greenville
- Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital in Zeeland
- Health of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
- UP Health System in Hancock
The group evaluated 13 hospitals in Wayne, the state’s most populous county. Garden City Hospital received the only “A” in the region, while Detroit Medical Center-Sinai Grace Hospital in Detroit received the state’s only “D” grade.
Of the six hospitals that received a “D” or lower in 2019, each has improved. Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital in Warren and Ascension St. John Hospital in Detroit improved to “B” level, while Ascension Hospital in Madison Heights, Ascension Providence in Rochester, Hurley Medical Center in Flint and McLaren in Pontiac have improved to “C”. Status.
Six hospitals have now lowered two letter grades from an “A” to a “C” during that three-year span. These include Bronson in Battle Creek, Henry Ford Health in Clinton Township, Memorial Healthcare in Owosso, Munson Healthcare in Gaylord, ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital and St. Joseph Mercy in Pontiac.
Below is a searchable database of each hospital’s safety ratings for the past four years, according to The Leapfrog Group. Enter the name of a hospital to see the most recent results compared to previous years.
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Hospitals with no grade included MyMichigan Medical Centers in Alpena, Alma, Midland and West Branch. You missed important measures. All four received grades in the spring.
For more detailed ratings of your local hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org, select Michigan and select a hospital.
A decrease in safety issues has been reported nationwide over the past decade, including a nearly 25% decrease in falls and trauma, as well as cases of objects being unintentionally left in the body after surgery.
In recent years, the Leapfrog Group has also found that:
- 22% fewer MRSA staph infections spreading in hospitals and other community facilities.
- 43% reduction in central bloodstream-related infections, which can be prevented if caregivers follow safety precautions when inserting a catheter into a vein for fluids, medications, or blood transfusions.
- 8% fewer infections from Clostridioides difficile (c. diff), a germ that causes diarrhea and can be caused by taking antibiotics.
Leah Binder, President and CEO of the Leapfrog Group, said the last decade of hospital credentials coincides with historic improvements across the board in patient safety.
“We applaud hospitals for this milestone and encourage them to accelerate their hard work to save patients’ lives,” Binder said in a prepared statement. “Healthcare has long tried to improve safety, but progress has stalled. The big difference in this decade is that, for the first time, we have reported publicly on each hospital’s patient safety, and that has sparked the kind of change we were all hoping for. It’s not enough change, but we’re on the right track.”
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