Ludington hospital earns top rating from Leapfrog

Ludington Hospital recently received a repeat of its “A” rating for patient safety from the Leapfrog Group. Pictured are (front row, left to right) members of the clinical quality team Dawn Leedham, Kathy Saxton, Andie Lindberg; (back row) Carla Shay, director Jody French, hospital president Randy Kelley and Laural Allison. Not pictured are Dorothy Eastway, Pam Fink, Sandy Quillan and Jennifer Williams. (Courtesy photo)

Ludington Hospital recently received a repeat of its “A” rating for patient safety from the Leapfrog Group. Pictured are (front row, left to right) members of the clinical quality team Dawn Leedham, Kathy Saxton, Andie Lindberg; (back row) Carla Shay, director Jody French, hospital president Randy Kelley and Laural Allison. Not pictured are Dorothy Eastway, Pam Fink, Sandy Quillan and Jennifer Williams. (Courtesy photo)

LUDINGTON — Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital received an “A” grade for patient safety in the new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, just announced by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog organization.

The “A” ranking places the Ludington hospital among the safest hospitals in the United States and repeats the group’s highest ranking, which the hospital also received in the fall of 2016.

“It’s very gratifying not only that our physicians and clinical staff are recognized for their dedication to patient safety and quality by a respected national organization, but also for that exemplary rating to be repeated,” said Ludington internist Mary O’Callaghan, DO, division chief for Spectrum Health Medical Group in the northwest region.

Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital is one of 823 hospitals nationwide to receive Leapfrog’s highest rating for patient safety.

“I congratulate all concerned for this achievement. It reflects the fine performance of our medical and clinical staff, and underscores their commitment to sustained excellence in patient outcomes,” said Randy Kelley, president of Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital.

To see Ludington Hospital’s full grade, and to access consumer-friendly patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org or follow The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade mobile app for Apple and Android devices.

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