Congratulations Inland and Sebasticook!


(Brewer, Maine) – EMHS is pleased to congratulate Inland Hospital in Waterville and Sebasticook Valley Hospital in Pittsfield for their inclusion in the annual listing of the nation’s top hospitals (rural hospital category) published by the Washington, DC, based Leapfrog Group. Inland and Sebasticook were selected from a field of 220 rural hospitals. The full results are posted on Leapfrog’s website (leapfroggroup.org).

“This is the largest number of hospitals to achieve the top hospital designation since the award’s inception in 2006,” noted Leapfrog CEO Leah Binder. She also noted that “Maine has a special distinction since it is the only state in the union where every one of its hospitals openly reports on the Leapfrog website.

In sharing the news, EMHS president and CEO, M. Michelle Hood, FACHE called the recognition a testament of the dedication of clinical and non-clinical staff, committees on quality and safety, board members, and others. “Designation by Leapfrog Group as among the nation’s top rural hospitals is a true reflection of our commitment to delivering the highest quality care and a dedication to making a difference in the lives of the people we serve.”

“It is an honor to receive this award,” said John Dalton, Inland Hospital president and CEO. “We consider it a tribute to the people who are Inland and their dedication to putting our patients and their families first. It also recognizes that EMHS has made quality and safety a top priority for all its affiliates.”

The Leapfrog survey, which launched in 2001, focuses on four critical areas of patient safety: the use of computer physician order entry (CPOE) to prevent medication errors; standards for doing high-risk procedures; protocols and policies to reduce medical errors and other safe practices recommended by the National Quality Forum; and adequate nurse and physician staffing. In addition, hospitals are measured on their progress in preventing infections and other hospital-acquired conditions and adopting policies on the handling of serious medical errors, among other things.

About Leapfrog
The Leapfrog Group is a national coalition of public and private purchasers of employee health coverage founded a decade ago to work for improvements in health care safety, quality and affordability. Additional information about the organization can be found at their website: www.leapfroggroup.org.

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