UP Health System – Marquette Receives an ‘A’ for Patient Safety in Spring 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

April 24, 2018

Marquette, MI, April 24, 2018 The Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C-based organization aiming to improve health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers, today released the new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. UP Health System – Marquette (UPHS-Marquette) was one of 750 awarded an ‘A’ for its efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care.

“We are proud of this recognition from The Leapfrog Group,” said Dr. John Bartlett, Board President for UP Health System – Marquette. “The UPHS – Marquette team has always been driven to provide high-quality care, and constantly strives to enhance patient safety and service. This A grade underscores that the hospital is among the top performers in the nation. Our patients can be confident that when they come to UPHS – Marquette they are being cared for at one of the safest hospitals in our region.”

“This is the only national rating of how well hospitals protect patients from preventable harm and death, such as medical errors, infections, and injuries,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Receiving an ‘A’ Safety Grade means a hospital is among the best in the country for preventing these terrible problems and putting their patients first, 24 hours a day.”

Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to approximately 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

“At UPHS – Marquette, quality care and patient safety are a way of life and top priority for everyone on our team,” said Brian Sinotte, Market President for UP Health System. “I’m very proud of our team’s unwavering commitment to quality and safety and how so many have come together to look for new ways to improve the care we provide. While we see the impact of our quality initiatives in real-time every day, it is nice to see our progress recognized through national grading systems as well.”

To see UP Health System - Marquette’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter and Facebook.

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About The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

About UP Health System – Marquette
UP Health System – Marquette (UPHS – Marquette) is a federally designated Regional Referral Center for Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (UP). UPHS - Marquette is a Level II Trauma Center, as verified by the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma. The Joint Commission awarded the hospital the Gold Seal of Approval for its Primary Stroke Center in 2010, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan gave UPHS - Marquette its Blue Distinction Center+ Designation for Spine Surgery, Maternity Care, and Knee & Hip Replacement in 2016. The UP Health System – Marquette Cancer Care program is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, and is the only accredited cancer program in the Upper Peninsula. The UP Health System – Heart & Vascular program earned the American College of Cardiology Cath Lab with PCI Accreditation and Chest Pain Center Accreditation.

Currently a 315-bed specialty care hospital, we are in the construction stage our new state of the art hospital, anticipated completion in the fall of 2018. As Upper Michigan's Regional Medical Center, UPHS - Marquette recruits for employed and private practice positions in Marquette, Michigan, and similar positions at hospital-owned clinics in eight other communities throughout Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Our dynamic medical staff of more than 200 doctors uphold the highest standards of excellence. They work as a team with our 2300+ employees in caring for approximately 12,000 inpatients and more than 350,000 outpatients a year.    

UP Health System – Marquette’s major services include its Heart & Vascular Institute, Cancer Center, Brain & Spine Center, Rehabilitation Center, Behavioral Health, Digestive Health, Bariatric Medicine & Weight Management Center and Women’s Health, Family Birthing, and Pediatrics Center. The hospital also provides the region’s premier services in imaging, surgery and laboratory and is home to the UP Telehealth Network, a leading telehealth network in the nation. We also service many of the communities in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, with 42 primary and specialty care clinics spread throughout the region.