Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital and Mercy Health – Defiance Hospital each were awarded ‘A’ grades in The Leapfrog Group fall Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing these hospitals’ achievements providing safer health care.

Defiance Hospital earned an ‘A’ during the Spring 2022 safety grade, while Tiffin Hospital elevated its grade from a ‘B’ in spring to an ‘A.’ 

“A top grade from The Leapfrog Group is a reflection of the commitment to quality care that our Mercy Health teams show every day to the patients in our communities. Coupled with the recent distinction of both hospitals being named among Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare, these grades show that the physicians, nurses and entire staff at Mercy Health in Tiffin and Defiance are both proud of where the work and excel at the care they provide,” said Bob Baxter, president of Mercy Health – Toledo. “I’m excited to celebrate our teams and am grateful to them for the outstanding work they do every day.”

The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization with a 10-year history of assigning letter grades to general hospitals throughout the United States based on a hospital’s ability to prevent medical errors and harm to patients. 

“There has been a lot to celebrate in Tiffin and I’m thrilled to see that the hard work being done by our entire team has been both nationally recognized and rewarded,” said Andrew Morgan, president of Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital. “Our patients are at the heart of everything we do as a health care ministry, and Leapfrog’s rating is proof of that commitment to delivering quality care in a safe, healing environment.”

“This safety score reinforces that the care provided at Mercy Health – Defiance Hospital is among the top in the nation, and I thank our clinical providers and support staff for what they do every day to help our patients,” said Sonya Selhorst, president of Mercy Health – Defiance Hospital. “I am proud of this team and look forward to continued recognition of the amazing care delivered to the Defiance community.”

The Leapfrog group grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Hospital Safety Grade results are based on more than 30 national performance measures and are updated each fall and spring. 

“I applaud the hospital leadership and workforce for their strong commitment to safety and transparency,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “An ‘A’ Safety Grade is a sign that hospitals are continuously evaluating their performance so that they can best protect patients. Your hospital team should be extremely proud of their dedication and achievement.”

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In October, both hospitals also earned rankings among health care providers and insurers in Modern Healthcare’s 2022 Best Places to Work award program. Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital was ranked number 50, which is up from the 2021 ranking of 60, and Mercy Health – Defiance Hospital made its debut on the Best Places to Work list at 75.

The year 2022 is the fourth consecutive year that Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital was named on this Best Places to Work list.