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Trinity Health Livingston receives top grade in patient safety

Howell’s Trinity Health Livingston, formerly known as St. Joseph Mercy Livingston Hospital, has received a Spring 2023 “A” Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group.

According to a press release, the national distinction “celebrates Trinity Health Livingston’s achievements in prioritizing patient safety by protecting patients from preventable harm and errors.”

The Leapfrog Group’s grades, released Thursday, reflect the performance of hospitals nationwide, primarily during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 “Compassion, excellence, resiliency – these are just some of the words that come to mind when I think about the medical team we have assembled here inside our hospital,” said John O’Malley, president of Trinity Health Livingston and Trinity Health Medical Center – Brighton. “Like most hospitals across the country, we had our fair share of challenges during the pandemic. But this group responded and they pulled together.  Not only did they maintain high-quality standards by following safety protocols and training, during the darkest hour this team was a transforming, healing presence for the communities we serve. I could not be more proud of each and every member of our staff.”

 The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization, assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” or “F” grade to general hospitals across the country based on over 30 national performance measures reflecting errors, accidents, injuries and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm.

 “This new update of Hospital Safety Grades shows that, at the national level, we saw deterioration in patient safety with the pandemic,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “But this hospital received an ‘A’ despite those challenges. I congratulate all the leaders, staff, volunteers and clinicians who together made that possible.”

 The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harm to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.  Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.

To see Trinity Health Livingston’s full grade details and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit HospitalSafetyGrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter, Facebook and via its newsletter.

Trinity Health Livingston Hospital will be replaced by  a four-story, 174,000-square-foot hospital being constructed in Genoa Township consisting of 56 acuity adaptable beds, 18 existing Short Stay Unit beds, and eight licensed operating rooms. The completed facility is slated to open in 2025.

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