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Hospital ranks among tops in US

December 2, 2014
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Hospital ranks among tops in US
The family lounge in the orthopedic unit at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s hospital in Grand Rapids features a TV and aquarium. Photo via

A local hospital is one of the “Top Hospitals” in the country.

The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit advocating for improved hospital care, said today that Mercy Health Saint Mary’s in Grand Rapids has earned a position on the annual ranking of “Top Hospitals,” which is grouped by urban, rural and children’s hospitals.

Mercy Health Saint Mary’s is one of 60 hospitals in the ranking’s group of “Top Urban Hospitals.”

The designations recognize hospitals for their performance on a number of national standards related to patient care quality, safety, efficiency and management.

This is the third time Mercy Health Saint Mary’s had earned the designation from Leapfrog.

Spectrum Health Kelsey Hospital in Lakeview, southeast of Big Rapids, and OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group in Escanaba also earned positions in the ranking’s group of 25 “Top Rural Hospitals,” and Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit Medical Center earned a position in the ranking’s group of nine “Top Children’s Hospitals.”

“Patient in mind”

“Being named a ‘Top Hospital’ three times in the past five years demonstrates that in everything we do, we keep the patient in mind,” said Dr. John Collins, chief medical officer, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s.

Mercy Health Saint Mary’s is part of the Mercy Health system, which serves West Michigan with five hospital campuses and the Mercy Health Physician Partners network. The health care system is an affiliate of Trinity Health in Livonia.

Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog, said the “Top Hospitals” ranking represents the best of American health care.

“It recognizes institutions for their excellence in quality of care and patient safety, as well as their commitment to transparency,” Binder said. “By achieving ‘Top Hospital’ status, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s has proven it’s a premier institution and deserves to be recognized for its dedication to the families and patients in West Michigan.

Based on “crucial information”

The 2014 “Top Hospitals” is based on results from Leapfrog’s annual Hospital Survey, which incorporates various evaluation metrics: preventing medication errors; appropriate ICU physician staffing; survival rates for high-risk procedures; length of stay; maternity care; and re-admissions.

“The results of the Leapfrog Hospital Survey are used in high-stakes situations like national pay-for-performance programs,” Binder said. “It’s crucial information used by purchasers, health plans and consumers to assess the quality and safety of institutions nationwide. That’s why we’ll continue our push for hospitals to commit to transparency.” 

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