Maine Coast Memorial Hospital receives an A for patient safety



ELLSWORTH — Maine Coast Memorial Hospital (MCMH) scored well in patient safety grades announced April 28 by a national group.

The Ellsworth hospital was one of 10 hospitals in Maine, and almost 800 around the country, to earn an A letter grade. The grades are awarded by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog organization.

“There are significant efforts at MCMH to provide safe patient-centered care which is reflected in our A score,” said Ardelle Bigos, chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care services at Maine Coast. “The entire health care team remains focused on collaboration and communication, which are vital to providing quality care and excellent service.”

Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, said avoidable deaths in hospitals “should be the number one concern of our healthcare leaders.”

“Hospitals that earn an A from Leapfrog are leaders in saving lives, and we commend them and urge their continued vigilance,” she said.

The scores from The Leapfrog Group use 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year.

It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

For the first time, the scores include five measures of patient-reported experience with the hospital as well as two of the most common infections, C.diff and MRSA.

To see MCMH’s full score, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

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