St. Joseph Mercy Livingston hospital one of eight to win safety award

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St. Joseph Mercy Livingston is one of eight Michigan hospitals to earn an Economic Alliance of Michigan Hospital Patient Safety Award, which recognizes hospitals that consistently perform high marks and improvements in patient safety and quality of care.

Hospitals can earn two different awards: the Excellence Award and the Improvement Award. St. Joseph Mercy Livingston won the Improvement Award.

“There are so many medical errors that occur within hospitals that it’s a major contributor to unnecessary additional healthcare costs,” said Bret Jackson, president, EAM. “I am pleased to honor the three hospitals who consistently strive for perfection with patient safety and the five hospitals who are dedicating efforts to improving safety within their hospitals.”

Hospitals receiving the Improvement Award must report to The Leapfrog Group survey for two consecutive years (2015 and 2016) and show improvement in letter grades for four consecutive grading terms with Hospital Safety Score (Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016). Also, hospitals must have a positive percentage change in the year-to-year average grade. The last term grade (Fall 2016) must be at least a “B” to qualify and hospitals must improve by two letter grades during the four terms.

The other hospitals receiving awards are:

Excellence Award: Dickinson County Healthcare System, Iron Mountain; DMC Huron Valley Sinai Hospital, Commerce Township; and Michigan Medicine (University of Michigan), Ann Arbor.

Improvement Award: Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital; MidMichigan Health Center — Gratiot, Alma; Spectrum Health Blodgett, Grand Rapids; and Spectrum Health Ludington.

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