1 Upper Michigan hospital receives 'A' for patient safety

NOVI, Mich. (WLUC) - One Upper Michigan hospital earned an "A" rating for patient safety Wednesday, while three others were given a "B" rating.

The Economic Alliance for Michigan and The Leapfrog Group announced the spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which are based on a hospital's ability to protect patients from avoidable errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

UP Health System-Portage in Hancock received an "A" - one of 26 hospitals in Michigan to get the top rating.

UP Health System-Marquette, War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie, and Dickinson County Healthcare System in Iron Mountain all received a "B" rating.

No other U.P. hospitals were graded on the "A," "B," "C," "D" and "F" scale for general acute-care hospitals in the U.S.

“Avoidable medical errors and infections in hospitals continue to be one of the leading causes of death in the U.S.,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, in a press release. “The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade provides residents of Michigan with useful, up-to-date information to further ensure safety and accountability when choosing a hospital.”

For more information about the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, as well as individual grades and state rankings, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org.

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