Three EMHS Hospitals Ranked Top in Safety Nationally


Three EMHS hospitals have received another “A” in patient safety measures from the Hospital Safety Score (SM) by The Leapfrog Group, a non-profit organization that awards top ranks to hospitals that perform well in quality measures. For the sixth consecutive update since the program began in 2012, Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Inland Hospital in Waterville, and Mercy Hospital in Portland earned a top score from the national organization. The three hospitals are among only nine in Maine and only 204 in the nation to earn an “A” since 2012.

“Preventing errors that keep our patients safe is our utmost concern. This rank from Leapfrog lets us know we are on the right path,” says Robert Thompson, MD, senior vice president and chief medical officer for EMHS. “We are constantly looking at surgical procedures, infection prevention measures, and technological upgrades that help us improve processes, which in turn, improve patient safety.”

The Leapfrog Group compiles safety scores to provide the public with information they can use to make informed healthcare decisions for themselves and their families. The A, B, C, D or F scores are assigned to US hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. To learn more about the Hospital Safety Score (SM) visit http://www.leapfroggroup.org.

EMHS’ critical access hospitals do not receive letter grades from Leapfrog, however, the rural hospitals do receive status updates that will be released in December 2014.

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