Chelsea Community Hospital received an ‘A’ grade for its ability to keep patients safe during a hospital stay, according to a new Hospital Safety Score released today by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.
Chelsea Community Hospital was one of five hospitals in the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System to receive A grades from The Leapfrog Group’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections. Also making the ‘A’ grade were St. Joseph Mercy Livingston, St. Mary Mercy Livonia and St. Joseph Mercy Oakland. St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron received a ‘B’ rating.
“This distinctive honor reflects the dedication and excellence of our physicians, nurses, and staff to provide high quality care and a remarkable patient experience at Chelsea Community Hospital,” said Nancy Graebner, President and CEO of Chelsea Community Hospital. “I especially want to thank our nurses, who work so hard to ensure that each of our patients receives the best care possible. I am proud to say that we truly have small town care coupled with national standards of excellence here at Chelsea.”
To research Chelsea Community Hospital scores as they compare nationally and among other hospitals in the county, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, keyword Washtenaw, which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay. U.S. hospitals were assigned an A, B, C, D, or F for their safety.
“"For years, people desiring the best for themselves and their loved ones have come to our hospital knowing that the doctors and nurses here work diligently together every day to create an environment of the highest quality care and caring for our patients. This Hospital Safety Score is just one of the many national recognitions of these efforts,” said Lawrence Handelsman, MD, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Chelsea Community Hospital.
Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, 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), AshishJha (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.”