St. Joseph Mercy Hospitals receive National Safety Awards for Preventive Practices
ANN ARBOR, me. – Two St. Joseph Mercy Hospitals have received national awards for their safety standards and patient protection.
Leapfrog Group, which awards Leapfrog Hospital’s Safety Level, has given both St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and St. Joseph Mercy Livingston an “A” rating.
“Families living and working in Washtenaw and Livingston Counties should be assured that patient safety standards in our hospitals are unmatched,” said Alonzo Lewis, president of St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and St. Joseph Mercy Livingston. “I commend all of our colleagues for working in such challenging times, but not slacking off in their quest to provide safe, high-quality care to the communities in which we serve.”
The award from the independent national monitoring organization recognizes how hospitals prevent medical errors and harm to patients.
A peer-reviewed rating system awards ratings A through F to general hospitals in the United States based on more than 30 measures of performance, including hand washing, patient injuries, accidents, infections, and preventive practices that hospitals need to keep patients safe from harm. The measures are reviewed twice a year in spring and autumn.
“An ‘A’ security rating is a tremendous achievement that communities serviced by St. Joe’s should be very proud of,” said Leah Binder, CEO and President of Leapfrog Group. “I thank the leadership and staff of St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and St. Joseph Mercy Livingston for their dedication to prioritizing patients and their safety, especially during these difficult times.”
In the fall of 2021, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor received above-average results on multiple measurements, including skilled nursing staff, effective leadership, safe drug delivery, avoidance of severe breathing problems, staff responsiveness, staff collaboration in avoiding errors, and communication about medical and hospital discharges.
Average values were reported for preventive measures related to MRSA infections and collapsed lung injuries; however, below average scores were given for measurements related to infections and falls in patients.
The hospital received a “B” grade last spring and in recent years.
St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea and Mercy Health Saint Mary’s – two other hospitals in the Trinity Health Michigan system – also received an “A” rating for their preventive practices.
View the St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Results Profile for all measurements here.
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