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West Michigan hospitals win Excellence Awards

March 27, 2018
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Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital was founded in 1873 and is part of the Spectrum Health Medical Center in downtown Grand Rapids. Courtesy Spectrum Health

Three hospitals in the region have been recognized with Excellence Awards by a statewide nonprofit.

Spectrum Health Butterworth, Spectrum Health Blodgett and Spectrum Health Ludington were three recipients of the 2018 EAM Hospital Patient Safety Awards by the Economic Alliance for Michigan, which is comprised of Michigan employers and unions.

Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph also won an Improvement Award.

The awards recognize hospitals in Michigan for “consistently performing high marks and improvements in patient safety and quality of care.” This is the third year for the awards.

Hospitals receiving the Excellence Award must report to The Leapfrog Group survey for two consecutive years (2016 and 2017) and maintain all As with Hospital Safety Grade in four consecutive grading terms (spring 2016, fall 2016, spring 2017, fall 2017).

Hospitals receiving the Improvement Award must report to The Leapfrog Group survey for two consecutive years (2016 and 2017) and show improvement in letter grades for four consecutive grading terms with Hospital Safety Grade (spring 2016, fall 2016, spring 2017, fall 2017). During the four terms, the grades must not trend backwards year-to-year. The last term grade (fall 2017) must be at least a B to qualify, and hospitals must improve by two letter grades during the four terms.

“With one in four patients experiencing an adverse event during a hospital visit and the cost of hospital mistakes soaring into the billions, the members of EAM are dedicated more than ever to improving patient safety in the state to help lower health care costs,” said Bret Jackson, president, Economic Alliance for Michigan.

“We applaud this year’s recipients and thank them for their continued dedication to patient safety and hospital transparency.”

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