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Lakeland Health Earns “A” Grade for Patient Safety
Nov 14, 2016 Share

(ST. JOSEPH) – Lakeland Health recently became one of only 29 hospitals in Michigan and 15 hospitals in Indiana to receive an “A” grade by The Leapfrog Group, ranking the organization among the safest hospitals in the United States.

“We are pleased to have earned an “A” grade from The Leapfrog Group as we take pride in our many efforts to keep our patients safe and protect them from injury and infection,” said Eileen Willits, RN, PhD, Vice President of Patient Care, Lakeland Health. “Safety is one of our main organizational traits and a focus of many system-wide initiatives on our journey to design perfect patient care.”

Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data, such as hand washing, infection rates, and patient falls, to assign A, B, C, D, and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year, with only 844 hospitals receiving an A grades in the most recent report. Grades are calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent, and free to the public.

“Protecting patients from harm is the most important charge for any hospital,” said Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We recognize and appreciate ‘A’ hospitals’ vigilance and continued dedication to keeping their patients safe.”

To see Lakeland Health’s full grade, and how other health systems in the region are performing, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org. Consumers can also download the free Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade mobile app for Apple and Android devices.

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

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