Piedmont Newton Hospital earns top marks for patient safety

Piedmont Newton Hospital earns top marks for patient safety

More than 2,000 hospitals were included in the twice-yearly report from the Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization that collects and analyzes data on hospital performances.

In addition to the two Grand Rapids hospitals, the following West Michigan Hospitals also earned A grades.

"This number represents the a comparison of the number of infections that actually happened at this hospital to the number of infections expected for this hospital, given the number of patients they care for on a daily basis", the survey stated.

Leapfrog President and CEO Leah Binder said the non-profit's goal is to alert consumers to the hazards involved in a hospital stay and help them choose the safest option. The program has been assigning A, B, C, D and F letter grades to general acute-care hospitals in the USA since 2012.

John Schon, DCHS administrator-CEO, said the EAM award is the result of "really making sure that our physicians are engaged, our staff is engaged and, really, have a team approach to caring for our patients". "This recognition is a testament to the strong culture of safety and advanced medicine and compassionate care that patients experience at Rush-Copley".

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The Spring 2017 "A" grade Leapfrog Award is the latest in a string of accolades Kennedy has earned for its clinical excellence, including Leapfrog's Top General Hospital 2016 (Kennedy University Hospital - Stratford) and 2016 National Sepsis Hero (The Sepsis Alliance).

"We think this is a good indicator of patient safety", Cooper said of Leapfrog's findings, "We always strive to do better, and there's always improvement to make, but this is a good validation of the things we've been doing". There are 706 "B" rank hospitals, and 167 hospitals earned a "D" from Leapfrog. "We are evaluated on clinical outcomes, prevention of falls and infections, use of evidence-based safety practices and the quality of our doctors' and nurses' communication with patients". If you want to sort the hospitals by grade, click on the "Spring 2017" column label.

In its Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog highlighted a rather grim statistic: An estimated 1,000-plus people die each day from preventable medical errors.

Merced County's other hospital, Mercy Medical Center in Merced, received a "C" grade overall, the lowest grade the facility has received since 2014. Lakewood Ranch Medical Center remains unranked for this reason.

Catholic Medical Center, for instance, noted it fares better in other rankings than the C it got from Leapfrog.