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CHC Gets an A


The Community Health Center of Branch County has again earned an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit of employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. 37 hospitals in Michigan received an “A” grade, or about 44% of the hospitals in the state. The scores, released on Wednesday, were calculated under the guidance group’s blue ribbon expert panel consisting of nine members from the top medical schools across the country. With the use of public data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections, U.S. hospitals were assigned a “grade” of either A, B, C, D, or F for their safety. Randy DeGroot, CHC CEO and President says they take safety very seriously at the Health Center in Coldwater, not only for the patients, but their visitors and staff. DeGroot says they are very proud of the hospital’s staff for their part in making CHC a safe hospital, adding that it’s an honor to get the “A” grade. In checking a few of the hospitals in surrounding counties, Oakland in Marshall was graded with a “B” while “C” grades were given to the Sturgis and Hillsdale hospitals.  To see CHC’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org,