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SJMHS Hospitals Graded Best in Class
Start Date
06/07/2012
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Saint Joseph Mercy Health System Hospitals Graded Best in Class
by The Leapfrog Group’s New Hospital Safety ScoreSM

Straight As earned by hospitals in Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Livingston, Oakland and Livonia

Ann Arbor, Mich., June 7, 2012 – Five hospitals in the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System received ‘A’ grades for their ability to keep patients safe during a hospital stay, according to a new Hospital Safety ScoreSM released today by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. 

Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score used publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections from 2010-2011.  More than 2,600 hospitals across the U.S. were issued an A, B, C, D or F grade.

Making the ‘A’ grade were Chelsea Community Hospital, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, St. Joseph Mercy Livingston, St. Mary Mercy Livonia and St. Joseph Mercy OaklandSt. Joseph Mercy Port Huron received a ‘B’ rating.

“This distinctive honor reflects the dedication of our physicians and staff to provide high quality care and remarkable patient experiences at all of our SJMHS hospitals,” said Garry C. Faja, President and CEO, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. “The Hospital Safety Score further validates our unrelenting focus on defining and deploying health care processes that place a strong focus on patient safety.  This is what Saint Joseph Mercy Health System strives to create each day for our patients and staff.”

To see St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor’s scores as they compare with other hospitals nationally and locally, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay.

The Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors. The panel includes: John Birkmeyer (University of Michigan), Ashish Jha (Harvard University), Lucian Leape (Harvard University), Arnold Millstein (Stanford University), Peter Pronovost (Johns Hopkins University), Patrick Romano (University of California, Davis), Sara Singer (Harvard University), Tim Vogus (Vanderbilt University), and Robert Wachter (University of California, San Francisco). 

“It’s The Leapfrog Group’s goal to give patients the information they need and deserve before even entering a hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the hospitals that earned an ‘A’ and we look forward to the day when all hospitals in the U.S. will earn the highest scores for putting patient safety first.”

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