The report card is in – We’ve earned an “A” for patient safety again

U-M’s undergraduates will receive their final grades this week, but we’ve already gotten ours for patient safety – and it’s a good one. For the fifth straight time, UMHS has earned an “A” from the nonprofit Leapfrog Group patient safety organization, based on our performance on a wide array of measures.

Leapfrog has been tracking hospitals’ efforts to prevent errors, near-misses, infections, medication mix-ups and other preventable issues for more than a decade. In 2012, they introduced a new way to make it easy for consumers to understand how well a hospital is doing on these measures, by introducing a letter-grade Hospital Safety Score.

UMHS earned the highest grade in spring and fall of 2012 and 2013, and now we are among 804 hospitals in the U.S. to earn an A for the spring 2014 report card. We’re in good company – 35 percent of Michigan hospitals earned this high grade.

But we can’t rest on our laurels – the new Leapfrog scorecard for UMHS (available at shows that we have many areas where we can improve even more. While UMHS achieved very high scores on many areas, we still have room for better performance on others.

See other hospitals’ safety scores at For more information about this year’s ratings and national performance, see

U-M surgery professor and patient safety expert John Birkmeyer, M.D., served on a blue-ribbon panel that selected the 28 measures used to assess hospitals and developed the methodology for the grading. His role has no influence on UMHS performance in the grading. Birkmeyer heads the Center for Healthcare Outcomes & Policy, and is a member of the U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation.