Lakeland hospitals recognized for patient safety by Leapfrog Group

ST. JOSEPH – Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph received an “A” grade and Lakeland Hospital Niles received a “B” grade in the spring 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing Lakeland’s achievements in protecting patients from harm and providing safer healthcare.

The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to healthcare quality and safety. The Safety Grade is a letter grade assigned to all general hospitals across the country and updated every six months, assessing how well the hospital prevents medical errors and other harms to patients.

“We are continually striving to improve patient safety and provide excellent outcomes for our patients,” said Kendall Troyer, vice president of organizational excellence and quality, Spectrum Health Lakeland. “Receiving this high honor from The Leapfrog Group further validates the important work our team members dedicate their lives to each and every day.”

“As the Nation copes with a challenging pandemic, our gratitude extends to hospital leadership and health care workers everywhere for their tremendous dedication,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We hope this safety grade helps to thank the people who work and volunteer for Spectrum Health Lakeland. They are role models in putting patients first, and their service has been extraordinary in our country’s time of need.”

Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public, organizers said.

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