New Hospital Safety Scores, which assign letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S. health care system, were announced Monday by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. Henry Ford Allegiance Health was one of 798 hospitals to receive an A, ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States.
“Henry Ford Allegiance Health is honored to be one of only three hospitals in Michigan to have achieved straight A’s in the Hospital Safety Score, since the inception of this initiative in 2012,” said Henry Ford Allegiance Health Director of Patient Safety and Advocacy Services DeAnna Sioma. “Henry Ford Allegiance Health is dedicated to providing the safest patient care experience possible, and it is very meaningful to be recognized for our consistent efforts.”
President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group Leah Binder said, “Avoidable deaths in hospitals should be the number one concern of our health care leaders. Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ from Leapfrog are leaders in saving lives, and we commend them and urge their continued vigilance.”
Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. For the first time, the Hospital Safety Score includes five measures of patient-reported experience as well as two of the most common infections, C. diff and MRSA.
To see Henry Ford Allegiance’s full score and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones, visit hospitalsafetyscore.org.
About The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. Hospital Safety Score, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.
About Henry Ford Allegiance Health
Henry Ford Allegiance Health is a 475-bed health system in Jackson, Michigan. Henry Ford Allegiance Health complements traditional acute care services with mission-based services, to support the care continuum for all members of the community. Through its Health Improvement Organization (HIO), HFAH is a national leader in forming community partnerships that innovatively address wellness and prevention needs.