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Quality & Safety

It’s sometimes hard to think about healthcare as being a competitive industry – but
Detroit Medical Center is dedicated to staying ahead of the crowd when it comes to the quality of our care. Providing high quality healthcare to our patients and the communities we serve has always been our first priority. It’s why we’ve been recognized with so many national awards for quality and safety inside of our walls, and why we invested millions in the implementation of an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system in every hospital in our system -- something no other healthcare provider in the state can claim. (Learn more about our EMR here.)


2014 MPRO Governor's Awards
Detroit Medical Center is pleased to announce it has received multiple MPRO 2014 Governor’s Awards of Excellence for achievements in improving health care associated infections in the acute care hospital setting. To receive this honor, our DMC hospitals exhibited attainment of thresholds for catheter associated urinary tract infections, Clostridium difficile and surgical site infection reduction projects.
“This award demonstrates Michigan’s deep commitment to providing high quality, safe and efficient health care,” said Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. “By using proven, evidence-based practices, these organizations are making sure individuals get the right care at the right time.”

DMC Hospital awards included:
Outstanding Achievement in Reducing Health Care-Associated Infections in the Acute Care Hospital Setting:
DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital
DMC Harper – Hutzel Hospitals
DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital
DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital

Outstanding Inpatient Clinical Achievement in the Acute Care Hospital Setting
DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital
DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital
Outstanding Achievement in Reducing Adverse Drug Events
The Rosa Parks Wellness Institute for Senior Health - DMC Geriatric Center of Excellence



DMC continues its prominence in patient safety, with all four adult hospitals scoring A's in the Spring 2014 Leapfrog ranking

The Detroit Medical Center's Chief Medical Officer and Chief Executive Officer joined together Tuesday to send congratulations and appreciation to everyone at DMC, after all four adult care DMC hospitals earned A's for Patient Safety in scores just released today by The Leapfrog Group. This is the sixth year DMC hospitals have been honored with top grades.

The A grades mean that DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital, DMC Harper University/Hutzel Women's Hospital, DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital and DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital excel nationally in protecting patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections.

"The DMC has adopted key processes across all our facilities that reflect innovative best practices in preventing safety events and medical errors," said DMC Chief Medical Officer Suzanne White, M.D. "The Leapfrog recognition acknowledges our daily commitment to being a high reliability organization. We know that patients die each year from preventable medical errors in hospitals, and we aspire to deliver care with zero harm," she said.

The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation's leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog.

Patient Safety is fast becoming the top measure of quality and excellence in the industry's standard of healthcare.

"To have earned top honors for six years in a row shows the commitment and expertise of our physicians and staff, and should reassure patients and families that everything we do is focused on giving them the best care," said DMC CEO Joe Mullany. "Patient safety is the top focus for us--one that requires diligence with every patient, every day. This is what we strive for at DMC and throughout the Tenet Healthcare system."

The Leapfrog patient safety 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.


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