McLaren Northern Michigan Earns an ‘A’ for Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

McLaren Northern Michigan was awarded an ‘A’ safety rating from The Leapfrog Group for the fall 2021 Hospital Safety Grade. McLaren Northern Michigan earned an ‘A’ grade five consecutive grading terms in The Leapfrog Group’s bi-annual safety grades from 2019-2021.

The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to driving quality, safety and transparency in the nation’s health care system. Using 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data, The Leapfrog Group assigns grades of A, B, C, D, and F to more than 2,600 hospitals twice a year. The methodology and results of the grading are fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

“Safety is at the center of the care we provide our patients,” stated Andrew McDonagh, MD, Chief Medical Officer at McLaren Northern Michigan. “Receiving these honors five consecutive times is a reinforcement and testament to the dedication of our entire team who strive every day to deliver the highest standards of care in a safe, healing environment. I’m extremely proud of our colleagues and medical staff for continuously making this honor possible.”

McLaren Northern Michigan rated above average in 15 of the 22 measures, including infection prevention, surgical safety, error prevention, and patient bedside safety, with four measures being unreported.

To see grade details for McLaren Northern Michigan and other Michigan hospitals, visit For more information regarding services offered at McLaren Northern Michigan, visit or call 800.248.6777.

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.

About McLaren Northern Michigan

McLaren Northern Michigan, a subsidiary of McLaren Health Care, is a 202-bed, regional referral center located in Petoskey, serving residents in 22 counties across northern lower Michigan and the eastern part of the Upper Peninsula. Over 230 physicians represent nearly all medical and surgical specialties, enabling full-service care with an emphasis on heart, cancer, orthopedics, and neurosciences services. For additional information, visit

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