U.P. hospitals given ratings by nonprofit group

UPPER MICHIGAN (WLUC) There's good and bad news for Upper Michigan health care in the latest hospital safety scores. One U.P. hospital received an A, while another got an F.

The national non-profit watchdog, the Leapfrog Group, hands out the report cards for general acute care facilities. In Upper Michigan, that's UP Health System Marquette, UP Health System Portage, Dickinson County Health Care System and War Memorial Hospital.

These facilities are scored on five measurement areas for patient experience and two deadly infections, MRSA and C-Diff.

Dickinson County Health Care System scored an A rating. They've had straight A's for the past three years. Hospital administrator and CEO, John Schon says they take patient safety very seriously through their health care system. He says Leapfrog with other state and national recognition bears this out.

War Memorial in the Soo has an A, but in the past has earned B's and a one C.

UP Health System Marquette received a D grade. They had C's last year and B's before that. They received an A grade in the fall of 2013. A hospital official says they're committed to providing high quality, compassionate care in a safe environment. They also say they've taken measures to enhance quality. They've hired an executive level patient safety officer and infection prevention officer.

UP Health System Portage received a failing grade of F. That's the same grade they got last fall. However, they did receive an A grade in the spring of 2013.

Other U.P. hospitals were not part of the survey, due to their smaller size.

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