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New hospital safety rankings place Michigan at 19th in the nation

Arseny Togulev

The overall safety ranking for Michigan hospitals fell by nearly twenty percentage points compared to data collected earlier this year.

Last spring, Michigan ranked fifth in the nation for hospital safety. But in the newest survey from a hospital safety watchdog organization, now ranks Michigan nineteenth.

The Leapfrog Group is a non-profit organization based in Washington D.C. It releases hospital safety grades for hospitals in every state twice a year.

Nearly one third of Michigan hospitals analyzed during the fall survey received an “A” for their safety grade. This past spring that number was over 50%.

Four out of five MyMichigan health medical centers did not receive a grade in the latest survey.

But MyMichigan Health in Sault Ste. Marie and Munson’s Otsego Memorial Hospital both received a “C” grade for safety, citing issues like safe medication administration and below average handwashing.

According to Leapfrog’s website, they don’t assign a grade to a hospital if it lacks safety data at the time of the survey.

Rick Brewer has been news director at WCMU since February 2024.