Bronson Battle Creek Earns Spring 2020 ‘A’ for Patient Safety

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Published on April 30, 2020

Bronson Battle Creek Earns Another ‘A’ for Patient Safety

Bronson Battle Creek (BBC) has been awarded another ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group, a national organization committed to improving healthcare quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The ‘A’ grade is a national distinction recognizing hospitals for their achievements in providing safer healthcare. BBC is one of only 867 hospitals in the United States, to be awarded an ‘A’ grade in Spring 2020. The Safety Grade is a letter grade assigned to all general hospitals across the country and updated every six months, assessing how well the hospital prevents medical errors and other harms to patients.

Kirk Richardson, Bronson senior vice president for community care, says, “We are committed to providing exceptional care at Bronson Battle Creek and third party reviews like the ‘A’ Leapfrog safety grade show we are doing just that. This is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic. BBC employees and medical staff are very proud to be on the front lines delivering safe, effective care to our communities.”

The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Grade is a highly respected measure of patient safety in the healthcare industry. The organization assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to acute care hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care. This ranking provides an important resource for patients, and a benchmark for hospitals, to determine how care at one hospital compares to others in a region.

“As the Nation copes with a challenging pandemic, our gratitude extends to hospital leadership and health care workers everywhere for their tremendous dedication,” says Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We hope this ‘A’ helps to thank the people who work and volunteer for Bronson Battle Creek. They are role models in putting patients first, and their service has been extraordinary in our country’s time of need.”

Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 28 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.

To see Bronson Battle Creek’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Grade website at which provides full details and patient tips for how to stay safe during a hospital stay.

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 and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC 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.

  • Image of the Leapfrog group 'A' safety score for spring 2020 plaque.

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