UP Health System - Portage Nationally Recognized with an 'A' Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

November 10, 2021

Seventh Straight ‘A’ Rating in Patient Care and Safety for UPHS – Portage

UP Health System – Portage received an “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for fall 2021. This national distinction recognizes UP Health System – Portage’s achievements in protecting patients from harm and error in the hospital. This is the seventh straight “A” rating in patient care and safety for UPHS – Portage.

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 thirty national performance measures reflecting errors, injuries, accidents, and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm.

“Achieving an ‘A’ rating through Leapfrog for multiple consecutive review periods demonstrates our sustainable model of care – built by the systems, processes, and employees of UP Health System – Portage,” said Ryan Heinonen, Interim CEO & Chief Nursing Officer. “Together, we have created an environment focused on continuous improvement and growth. I am proud of the work our employees, physicians, and volunteers provide to our patients, visitors, and the community – they are the heart of the service we provide. ”

“An ‘A’ safety grade is a tremendous achievement, of which this community should be extremely proud,” said Leah Binder, president, and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I thank the leadership and workforce of UP Health System – Portage for its commitment to prioritizing patients and their safety, especially during these trying times.

”Developed under the guidance of a National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses over thirty national performance measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,700 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public

To see the full grade details for UP Health System – Portage and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org.