Sparrow earns an "A" for Patient safety

Posted at 8:48 AM, Sep 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-22 08:48:00-04

Sparrow has earned an “A” for Patient safety in a recent scorecard of more than 2,500 hospitals nationwide, reflecting the hospital’s commitment to quality and the needs of our Patients.

Prepared by The Leapfrog Group, the Hospital Safety Score grades a hospital’s overall performance in keeping Patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors.

Sparrow continues to take great strides in Patient safety by investing heavily in new technology and new procedures -- through such things as electronic patient order entry and bar code matching between Patient wristbands and prescribed medications.  Sparrow is also part of a three-year collaboration with other hospitals focusing on how Sparrow Caregivers can improve safety through review and analysis of past events, implementing proactive tools to recognize and correct errors, and setting quantitative outcome improvement goals.

“We are pleased to have received an “A” grade from The Leapfrog Group.  This score reflects the efforts Sparrow has undertaken to fundamentally transform healthcare and is just one of the many ways we evaluate our efforts.  I’m happy to see we are on the right path to provide the best care to every Patient, every time and to improve Patient safety,” said Sherry Sohn, Vice President of Quality & Performance Improvement at Sparrow. 

The Hospital Safety Score is determined by analyzing national performance measures from the Leapfrog Hospital Survey; the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ); the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS); and the American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey and Health Information Technology Supplement. A, B, C, D and F grades are assigned based on 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data.

For the first time, the Hospital Safety Score includes five measures of Patient-reported experience with the hospital as well as two of the most common infections, C.diff and MRSA. To see Sparrow’s full score, and to access consumer-friendly tips for Patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit

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