McLaren Macomb recognized for hospital safety

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published May 13, 2015


MOUNT CLEMENS — McLaren Macomb Hospital in Mount Clemens was given an “A” for safety, specifically for the hospital’s performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors.

McLaren, formerly Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center, received this highest grade from The Leapfrog Group as it announced its updated Hospital Safety Scores last week.

The Leapfrog Group is an independent, national nonprofit organization that advocates safety, quality and affordability in health care.

McLaren Macomb, a 288-bed acute care hospital located on Harrington, is the only hospital in Macomb County to receive an “A” grade and less than a third of hospitals nationwide received top marks.

“This grade is one that is shared amongst our entire clinical staff,” said Andrea Philips, a registered nurse, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer. “It goes without saying that the treatment and care of our patients is our top priority as a health care provider. What this recognition does is support our efforts and the standards to which we hold ourselves.”

Criteria for the grades — rated on a scale of A, B, C, D, F — according to The Leapfrog Group, is based on national performance data collected by the Leapfrog Survey, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to “produce a single composite score that represents a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical error.”

The Leapfrog Group provides the Hospital Safety Score as a public service, which has become a gold-standard measure for patient safety.

McLaren Macomb has more than 400 physicians and nearly 2,000 employees, and provides a full range of services, including cancer and cardiovascular care. The hospital is also Macomb County’s first verified trauma center.