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St. Joseph Mercy Livingston receives “A” grade for patient safety

Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assigns A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide for patient safety, announced recently that St. Joseph Mercy Livingston received an “A” ranking for Fall 2016.

“Quality and patient safety are paramount in everything we do,” said John O’Malley, president of St. Joseph Mercy Livingston.  “In every unit and in every department, we are committed to maintaining the highest standard of care for our patients.”

In the area of clinical quality and patient safety, St. Joseph Mercy Livingston has pursued a number of initiatives in recent years that contributed to the “A” rating.  These initiatives include:

•    An increase in ICU physician coverage
•    Early recognition and management of sepsis
•    Hand Hygiene improvement strategies
•    Fall prevention strategies for surgical patients
•    Physician communication improvements around medications and discharge planning

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.

To see St. Joseph Mercy Livingston’s full grade, please visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org/.

 

About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a health care organization serving seven counties in southeast Michigan including Livingston, Washtenaw, Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Jackson, and Lenawee. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, and 133-bed St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea.  Combined, the five hospitals are licensed for 1,553 beds, have five outpatient health centers, six urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 16,200 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 2,700 physicians.   SJMHS has annual operating revenues of about $1.9 billion and returns about $120 million to its communities annually through charity care and community benefit programs.

SJMHS is a member of Trinity Health, a leading Catholic health care system based in Livonia, Mich. Trinity Health operates in 22 states, employs about 97,000 people, has annual operating revenues of about $15.8 billion and assets of about $23.4 billion. Additionally, the organization returns almost $1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. For more information on health services offered at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, please visit www.stjoeshealth.org.

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