Spectrum Health Pennock was awarded an ‘A’ from the the Leapfrog Groups Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade, recognizing Pennock’s efforts to protect patients from harm and meet the highest safety standards in the United States.
The Leapfrog Group is a national organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers, assigning an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care.
“We are honored that Leapfrog Group has recognized our attention to safety,” said Angela Ditmar, president, Spectrum Health Pennock. “Spectrum Health has invested in high reliability tools across all of our hospitals to support our continuous quality improvement initiatives.”
Developed under the guidance of a National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.
“Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades recognize hospitals like Pennock that focus on advancing patient safety. This ranking provides an important resource for patients, and a benchmark for hospitals, to determine how care at one hospital compares to others in a region,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an A Hospital Safety Grade deserve to be recognized for their efforts in preventing medical harm and errors.”
Spectrum Health Pennock was one of 855 across the United States awarded an A in the Fall 2018 update of grades. To see Pennock’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow the Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.