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SJMHS Earns Highest Patient Safety Scores
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May 5, 2014 


"A" scores earned by hospitals in Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Livonia, Oakland and Port Huron


Port Huron, MI – The latest Hospital Safety Score release from the LeapFrog Group awarded "A" grades to five Saint Joseph Mercy Health System hospitals for their ability to protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections.

Making the "A" grade were Chelsea Community Hospital, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron and St. Mary Mercy Livonia. St. Joseph Mercy Livingston received a "B" score.

"We are thrilled with the high marks our hospitals received across the board," said Garry C. Faja, President and CEO, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System of Southeastern Michigan. "These scores demonstrate the high quality care and commitment to patient safety that our dedicated physicians and staff consistently provide at all of our hospitals across southeastern Michigan."

An independent industry watchdog, The LeapFrog Group produces the Hospital Safety Score under the guidance of the nation's leading experts on patient safety. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

"We thank our dedicated clinicians for their commitment every day to providing the safest and highest quality health care to our community," comments Rebekah Smith, RN, President and CEO of St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron.

Calculated under the guidance of LeapFrog's Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single "A," "B," "C," "D," or "F" score representing a hospital's overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in spring 2014, with about 32 percent receiving an "A" grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, and its website offers a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades.

"Safety should come first for our families when we pick a hospital, because errors and infections are common and deadly," said Leah Binder, President and CEO of The LeapFrog Group. "No hospital is perfect, but we congratulate the Board, clinicians, administration and staff of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System for achieving an "A" and showing us that you made the well-being of your patients your top priority."

To see how Saint Joseph Mercy Health System's score compares locally and nationally, and to access safety tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at Consumers can also go to for a free download of the Hospital Safety Score app.


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The LeapFrog Group
The Hospital Safety Score ( is an initiative of The LeapFrog Group (, a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship LeapFrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The LeapFrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders and is now independently operated with support from its purchasers and other members.

Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS)
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System is a health care organization serving six counties in southeast Michigan including Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, 119-bed St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron and 113-bed Chelsea Community Hospital. Combined, the six hospitals are licensed for 1,726 beds, have six outpatient health centers, six urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 14,000 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 3,200 physicians.

SJMHS is a member of CHE Trinity Health, one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 21 states from coast to coast with 86 hospitals, 109 continuing care facilities and home health and hospice programs that provide nearly 2.8 million visits annually. The organization was formed by the May 2013 consolidation of Trinity Health and Catholic Healthcare East.

For more information on the health services offered at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, please visit

St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron (SJMPH)
Founded in 1954 by the Religious Sisters of Mercy, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Port Huron, MI, is a 119-bed acute care, community-based hospital providing adult medical/surgical services; emergency care; cancer care; cardiac care; inpatient rehabilitation services, including stroke care; orthopedics and joint replacement; bariatric services and a vast number of other outpatient testing, health, and medical services. As a not-for-profit hospital, SJMPH reinvests all profits back into the communities we serve, while providing patients with the utmost compassion and care. SJMPH was recently awarded accreditation from The Joint Commission and was provided its “Gold Seal of Approval”, as well named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®. SJMPH’s cancer program was named “best in cancer care” and was the first hospital in St. Clair County to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons [2008]. It is also the only hospital in the region to offer access to radiation therapy for the treatment of cancer. St. Joseph Mercy was the second hospital in the state of Michigan to offer access to orthopedic robotic surgery. In addition to offering the only access to open MRI services through Advanced MRI; SJMPH also provides access to specialized care through a Senior ER and Ultrasound, Breast Imaging and CT Scan services accredited by the American College of Radiology. SJMPH is located in St. Clair County and the Thumb region, northeast of Detroit, Michigan. St. Joseph Mercy Hospital is a member of the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. For more information, visit:



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