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St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Recognized with an ‘A’ Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

CHELSEA, MI, (Nov. 10, 2021) – St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea, a joint venture hospital between Saint Joseph Mercy Health System and University of Michigan Health, announced today that it has received an “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for fall 2021.  This national distinction recognizes achievement in protecting patients from harm and error within each respective hospital.

"Here in Chelsea we have maintained very high patient safety standards, which is a reflection of our colleagues' uncompromising belief that every patient should be treated like family," said Nancy Graebner-Sundling, president of St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea.  "Among the core values that help guide our mission, not only do we honor the sacredness and dignity of every person, but we also embrace a culture that prevents harm and nurtures a healing, safe environment for all."

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.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harm to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.  Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.

“An ‘A’ Safety Grade is a tremendous achievement, of which communities served by St. Joe's Chelsea should be extremely proud,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.  “I thank the leadership and workforce of St. Joe's Chelsea for their commitment to prioritizing patients and their safety, especially during these trying times.”

Three additional Trinity Health Michigan hospitals were also recognized.  St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, St. Joseph Mercy Livingston and Mercy Health Saint Mary's in Grand Rapids, each received “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades for fall 2021.

To see full hospital grade details and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, please visit