Allegiance Earns an “A” for Patient Safety
Allegiance Health received a top rating of “A” on the Hospital Safety Score from The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit organization that monitors hospital safety and quality. The score was calculated using publicly available data to produce a single letter grade (A, B, C, D or F). The letter grade represents the hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections. This data was obtained from the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Hospital Compare, and the American Hospital Association Hospital Survey.
This Leapfrog safety measure is part of a national movement to improve transparency of hospital performance data for consumers. President and CEO of Leapfrog Leah Binder said, “Patient safety shouldn’t be merely a concern; it should be a priority. Everyone – including consumers, hospitals, patients, families of patients, unions and employers – has a role in improving safety in American hospitals.”
Only five other hospitals in our region in south central Michigan received an “A” rating. A total of 34 Michigan hospitals received an “A.” More information relating to Allegiance Health’s results can be found by going to www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.
About the Leapfrog Group
The Hospital Safety Score is an initiative of The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.
About Allegiance Health
Allegiance Health is a 480-bed community-owned health system in Jackson, Michigan. Allegiance complements traditional acute care services with mission-based services to support the care continuum for all members of the community. Through its Health Improvement Organization (HIO), Allegiance is also a national leader in forming community partnerships that innovatively address wellness and prevention needs in the community.