EMHS hospitals tops again in safety ranking


EMHS is pleased to share that The Leapfrog Group has recognized Eastern Maine Medical Center, Inland Hospital, Mercy Hospital, and The Aroostook Medical Center with the top grade in patient safety.
The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, Hospital Safety Score is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.
The Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single A, B, C, D, or F score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm.  More than 2,500 hospitals across the country were assigned scores in the latest rating, with about 32 percent receiving an “A” grade.  The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, and its website offers a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades.
Other EMHS members such as Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, Sebasticook Valley Hospital, and Charles A. Dean Memorial Hospital are critical access hospitals and were not included in this particular survey. As well as Acadia Hospital, which is a behavioral health provider, is not included the Leapfrog study.
To see individual hospital scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay.

About The Leapfrog Group
The Hospital Safety Score (www.hospitalsafetyscore.org) is an initiative of The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org), a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members
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