ZEELAND — Spectrum Health hospitals were represented well in the biannual Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade report.


Six hospitals in the group received an A rating, with a pair of facilities receiving the Straight A distinction for continued high marks.


The Leapfrog Group is a national watchdog organization focusing on health care quality and safety.


The organization assigns letter grades to general hospitals nationwide assessing how well the hospital prevents medical errors and other harm to patients. Grades are updated every six months.


The update grades, released on Thursday, April 30, gave A grades to six Spectrum hospitals — Big Rapids Hospital, Blodgett Hospital, Lakeland St. Joseph Hospital, Ludington Hospital, United Hospital and Zeeland Community Hospital.


Additionally, two Spectrum hospitals were recognized with the Straight As honor for earning at least five consecutive A grades.


United and Zeeland Community hospitals have earned eight consecutive A ratings.


“Safety has always been our number one priority and this ‘Straight A’ recognition validates our continuous efforts towards daily improvement,” said Ron Lewis, president of Zeeland Community Hospital.


“It’s an honor and a great reflection of the team that provides exceptional care at Spectrum Health on behalf of our patients.”


The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades are developed under a national panel using up to 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data. More than 2,600 hospitals nationwide receive grades twice a year.