Maine Coast Memorial Hospital earns national recognition for safety

ELLSWORTH — Maine Coast Memorial Hospital has announced that it has received an “A” safety grade by the Leapfrog Group for its efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States.

Ardelle Bigos, the hospital’s senior nursing executive, said “all of the MCMH staff recognize and prioritize patient safety as an essential and vital component of their daily work.”

“We are elated to have consistently received an ‘A’ safety grade since the fall of 2014,” said John Ronan, president of Maine Coast Memorial Hospital. “It is important for our patients and our community to see the careful attention we assign to both quality and safety here at Maine Coast, and this recognition helps us tell that story.”

The safety grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care.

“This is the only national rating of how well hospitals protect patients from preventable harm and death, such as medical errors, infections, and injuries,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Receiving an ‘A’ safety grade means a hospital is among the best in the country for preventing these terrible problems and putting their patients first, 24 hours a day.”

Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, the Leapfrog hospital safety grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to approximately 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

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