ADRIAN —ProMedica Bixby Hospital in Adrian has received an "A" grade in patient safety from a national nonprofit that advocates for hospital safety.

The Leapfrog Group’s grade is in its spring 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, according to a news release from ProMedica, the Toledo-based health system that owns Bixby. The designation recognizes Bixby Hospital’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. The safety grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.

“We are honored to be formally recognized as a leader in patient safety," Dr. Julie Yaroch, Bixby's president, said in the release. "The achievement recognizes the tireless efforts of our dedicated employees and providers, who continually strive to deliver the highest standard of care.”

Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. Researchers found that when compared to “A” hospitals, patients at “D” and “F” hospitals face a 92% greater risk of avoidable death; patients at “C” hospitals on average face an 88% greater risk; and patients at “B” hospitals on average face a 35% greater risk. Overall, an estimated 160,000 lives are lost annually from the avoidable medical errors that are accounted for in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, an improvement from 2016, when researchers estimated 205,000 avoidable deaths. The hospital safety grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public, the release said.

“To be recognized nationally as an ‘A’ hospital is an accomplishment the whole community should take pride in,” Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, said in the release. “Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ grade are making it a priority to protect patients from preventable medical harm and error. We congratulate hospital leaders, board members, staff, volunteers and clinicians who work so hard to earn this A.”

ProMedica Herrick Hospital in Tecumseh was not graded. According to Leapfrog's website, sometimes "there is not enough information to issue a Safety Grade for every hospital."