St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea nationally recognized with straight ‘A’s in patient safety report card

Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assigns “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” and “F” letter grades to hospitals nationally for patient safety, today announced its spring 2021 scorecard.  St. Joe’s Chelsea is one of only 27 hospitals in the United States to be awarded an “A” grade every grading cycle since 2012.  For the 19th consecutive time, St. Joe’s Chelsea was awarded an “A” for achieving the highest national standards in patient safety.

“These scores reflect a consistent, high-quality level of service that our patients deserve and have come to expect from our hospital,” said Nancy Graebner, president of St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea.  “Amid a global pandemic, we are reminded of the fragility of our health and the health of our loved ones.  I speak for all St. Joe’s colleagues when I say we are doing everything in our power to protect our patients from harm and working hard so that they may achieve the best health outcome possible.”

The Safety Grade assigns letter grades to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections, and other harms. Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,700 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year.  The Leapfrog Group’s grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent, and free to the public.

Also receiving an “A” grade in the spring 2021 Scorecard was St. Joe’s Chelsea sister hospital, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s in Grand Rapids.

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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 flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, 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 St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea
St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea (SJMC) is a not-for-profit joint venture hospital, whose partners are Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, a member of national Catholic health care system Trinity Health based in Livonia, Mich., and Michigan Medicine, the academic medical center of the University of Michigan.  Founded in 1970, SJMC is nationally recognized for both quality of care and patient satisfaction by national ranking organization Press Ganey, and is accredited by the Joint Commission.  SJMC employs more than 1,200 individuals with a medical staff of approximately 700 physicians.  Key services include robust medical and surgical service lines, eight operating rooms, a 24-hour emergency department and senior emergency room, a state-of-the-art cancer center, a physical medicine and rehabilitation department, a comprehensive head pain treatment unit and behavioral health services.

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