Study grades Covenant Healthcare an A, Hurley Medical Center an F

MID-MICHIGAN (WJRT) (05/15/19) - A new study out Wednesday is grading hospitals based on a patient's risk of dying from medical mistakes, infections and other safety concerns.

LeapFrog, a nonprofit group, has issued grades A through F to hospitals based on safety and quality. The study has collected data from about 2,600 hospitals since 2016.

In Mid-Michigan, Covenant Healthcare is at the top after receiving an A grade.

"This is hopefully something that patients can look at and say it's where I want to go because I get the best quality of care. We have the best safety record of care," said Dr. Michael Sullivan, vice president of performance improvement and chief medical officer.

Next on the list, Memorial Healthcare in Owosso and MidMichigan Medical Center in Midland. Both received a B grade.

Ascension Genesys Hospital in Grand Blanc Township, McLaren-Flint hospital and Ascension St. Mary's Hospital in Saginaw all received a C grade.

Hurley Medical Center came in at the bottom of the list as the only Mid-Michigan hospital to receive a failing F grade.

According to the study, Hurley scored below average when it comes to things like preventing MRSA infections, death from treatable serious complications after surgery, preventing dangerous bed sores and responsiveness of hospital staff, to name a few.

Hurley released a statement on the study:

"As a premier public hospital, Hurley Medical Center remains committed and dedicated to patient safety as a continuous goal, and constantly evaluates and measures processes in place, along with best practices to continuously improve the safety of the comprehensive services we provide to patients.

"Although we declined to participate in the Leapfrog survey, Hurley Medical Center participates and receives quality and safety reports from multiple reputable organizations on a continuous basis including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Michigan Health & Hospital Association, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, The Joint Commission and the American College of Surgeons to name a few,” said Hurley Administrator of Marketing and Community Relations Laura Jasso.

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