Covenant HealthCare and MidMichiganHealth-Midland have received “A” grades in the spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing the Covenant team’s achievements protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to all general hospitals across the country and is updated every six months. It is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospitals’ prevention of medical errors and other harms to patients in their care.
MidMichigan’s Alpena medical center also received an “A,” while the West Branch and Alma campuses got “B” grades. Saginaw’s Ascension St. Mary’s received a “C,” while Ascension St. Joseph in Tawas earned a “B.” McLaren Bay Region in Bay City’s grade was a “C,” while McLaren Flint and McLaren Central Michigan in Mt. Pleasant both received “A” grades. The grade for Hurley Medical Center in Flint was a “D.”
Nationally, 27 hospitals have earned an “A” grade since the beginning of the Safety Grade in 2012. Two of those hospitals are in Michigan: DMC Huron Valley-Sinai in Commerce Township and The University of Michigan medical center in Ann Arbor.