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Lake Huron Medical Center Nationally Recognized with an ‘A’ Grade for the Fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades

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Lake Huron Medical Center Nationally Recognized with an ‘A’ Grade for the Fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades

Lake Huron Medical Center was awarded an ‘A’ in the fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing the hospital’s achievements in providing safer health care. Lake Huron Medical Center is the only hospital in St. Clair County who has consistently earned an A, the highest grade, since 2018.


The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to all general hospitals across the country and is updated every six months. It is based on a hospital’s performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.


“We are extremely proud to have earned straight ‘A’ grades for hospital safety since fall of 2018 because it reflects the commitment that Lake Huron Medical Center, our physicians, staff and nurses make - every day - when caring for patients,” said Jose Kottoor, Lake Huron Medical Center, Chief Executive Officer. “We have a safety culture at LHMC and process in place to earn the A grade consistently for the last several years. Our dedicated staff remains committed to providing the highest quality of care, even in times of crisis, to our community.”


“We are extremely grateful to hospital leadership and health care workers who have remained steadfast in prioritizing patient safety as our nation battles COVID-19,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “This ‘A’ is a testament to the care and commitment of those who work for Lake Huron Medical Center. With the current pandemic exposing existing flaws within the U.S. health care system, we appreciate you putting patient safety first. Lives depend on it.”


Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.


Lake Huron Medical Center was awarded an ‘A’ grade today when Leapfrog updated grades for fall 2020. To see Lake Huron Medical Center’s full grade details and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.


Lake Huron Medical Center was rated a five-star facility by The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), placing it in the top 9% of hospitals nationwide. Lake Huron Medical Center received the Level III trauma center designation from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. This three-year designation means Lake Huron Medical Center will be able to treat patients with more serious, possibly life-threatening injuries.

For more than 65 years, Lake Huron Medical Center has been providing high quality, compassionate healthcare to our community. Our mission remains the same for the next 65 years: to continue to deliver compassionate, quality care to patients and better healthcare to communities.