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Watchdog rates hospitals among tops in US

December 6, 2016
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A trio of hospitals in the region have been honored by a nonprofit watchdog.

Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming is one of 29 national hospitals to win the Top Teaching Hospital award by The Leapfrog Group, which tracks and publishes reports on hospital performance.

The designation was announced today, with The Leapfrog Group also honoring nine Top Children’s Hospitals, 56 Top General Hospitals and 21 Top Rural Hospitals.

A pair of hospitals in the Spectrum Health system — Gerber Memorial in Fremont and Reed City Hospital — won the Top Rural Hospital award from Leapfrog. This is the second time the hospitals won the award.

The winning facilities will be recognized today at Leapfrog’s Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

“I’m proud of the high quality care our clinicians provide,” said Mike Faas, president and CEO, Metro Health. “This recognition as a teaching hospital validates the hard work and dedication of our entire team to our patients and community and demonstrates we are working to make health care better for future generations.”


To be considered for the Leapfrog awards, hospitals had to meet Leapfrog’s standards for the following criteria:

  • Computerized physician order entry: at least 75 percent of medication orders through a CPOE system
  • ICU physician staffing (not rural hospitals): ICUs managed or co-managed by intensivists present during daytime hours and who return pages at least 95 percent of the time and coordinate a physician to reach patients within five minutes
  • Compliance with Leapfrog’s Never Events Policy: If a never event occurs, the hospital commits to apologizing to the patient and family, waive all costs associated with the event, report it to an external agency and conduct an analysis of how and why the event occurred
  • 50 percent of Leapfrog’s 23 applicable measures
  • Must receive an A on letter grades reported in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade
  • Ranked in the top of their peer group based on value score
  • Satisfy the top hospital selection committee that the hospital embodies the highest standard of excellence

Metro Health

Metro Health serves more than 250,000 patients annually from its 208-bed hospital in Wyoming, its neighborhood outpatient centers and offices and its clinics at Grand Valley State University and Aquinas College. It staffs more than 500 physicians.

Spectrum Health

Based in Grand Rapids, Spectrum Health comprises 12 hospitals, about 180 ambulatory and service sites and more than 3,200 physicians and advanced practice providers.

It is the region’s largest employer with 25,200 employees.

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