McLaren Central Michigan earns 9th consecutive ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich.—McLaren Central Michigan, the 118-bed hospital serving the entire region, in a rare accomplishment and sign of continuous and exceptional patient care, has earned its ninth consecutive ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group. The Leapfrog Group uses publicly available hospital data, focusing on patient-safety metrics, to assign letter grades, creating a health care consumer guide for patients to make informed decisions on their care.

Earning another ‘A’ keeps McLaren Central Michigan among the top hospitals in the country, recognizing the hospital and its staff’s achievement in protecting patients from harm.

“Our team has built its culture on quality and the passion we all share to provide the best care to our community,” said Dr. Ashok Vashishta, chief medical officer of McLaren Central Michigan. “To have this sustained level of achievement shows that this culture is hardwired into our organization. Our pride in this accomplishment is shared with those who made it possible — our entire staff of dedicated caregivers and health care professionals.”

Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is peer-reviewed, and the results are available for free.

The latest Leapfrog ‘A’ follows McLaren Central Michigan’s designation as a 5-star hospital, a rating determined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, CMS, the federal agency providing oversite over the nation’s hospitals. Of the more than 6,000 hospitals in the United States, just 13 percent earn this highest rating.

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About McLaren Central Michigan

McLaren Central Michigan is a 118-bed acute care hospital located in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. It offers a full range of health and wellness services including primary care, general surgery, orthopedic surgery, emergency medicine and cancer services. McLaren Central Michigan is recognized as an accessible and dependable source of quality medical care for residents of Mount Pleasant, Isabella County and central Michigan. In addition to its medical staff of over 50 active physicians, it is affiliated with more than 150 other quality providers. The hospital is one of the region’s largest employers, with approximately 550 employees and another 100 volunteers. McLaren Central Michigan received the Governor’s Award of Excellence in 2017 and 2019 and is named as one of the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the United States by the Chartis Center for Rural Health. It is the only hospital in the central Michigan area to receive a Safety “A” grade in the Hospital Safety report in 2018, 2019 and 2020.