DMC Hospitals Receive Top Grades in Patient Safety

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DETROIT — Detroit Medical Center hospitals: DMC Harper/Hutzel, DMC Huron Valley-Sinai, DMC Detroit Receiving, and DMC Sinai-Grace received the top grade from one of the nation’s leading patient safety advocacy organizations.

The hospitals each received an “A” in The Leapfrog Group’s Spring 2014 Hospital Safety Score. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score rating system is designed to give consumers information they can use to make the best health care decisions.

“We are proud of the recent “A” grades all our adult DMC hospitals received, as we believe this recognizes our commitment to providing safe, quality health care to our patients,” said DMC CEO Joe Mullany. “We are committed to continually monitoring and improving the care we provide. Patient safety is the top focus for us–one that requires diligence with every patient, every day.”

Calculated under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in spring 2014, with about 32-percent receiving an “A” grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, and its website offers a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades.

“The DMC has adopted key processes across all our facilities that reflect innovative best practices in preventing safety events and medical errors,” said DMC Chief Medical Officer Suzanne White, M.D.

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