UPHS-Marquette/Portage receive top inspection grades

MARQUETTE — UP Health System-Portage and UP Health System-Marquette have been awarded an “A” from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade.

The designation recognizes UP Health System’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States.

The Leapfrog Group is a national organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. 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 very pleased with this high mark for our hospitals,” said Brian Sinotte, market president for UP Health System. “This places us among the top tier of hospitals across the country when it comes to patient safety.”

Developed under the guidance of a National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

“We have implemented a number of quality-based initiatives,” said Randy Neiswonger, CEO of UPHS-Portage. “Through these best practices, we are able to reduce errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. This creates a much safer environment for our patients and employees.”

UPHS Portage and Marquette were two of 855 across the United States awarded an A in the fall update of grades. UPHS-Bell does not receive a Leapfrog letter grade due to its designation as a critical access hospital.

— From a UPHS press release