ELLSWORTH — Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital was awarded an “A” in the fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing Maine Coast’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization driven by employers and other purchasers of health care committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” or “F” grade to all general hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.
“Providers, nurses, and staff take great pride in providing safe care at Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital,” explains Vice President of Nursing and Patient Care Services Kristin Cyr. “Our care teams are certainly deserving of this recognition, as they are engaging in work every day that ensures our patients receive outstanding, high-quality care.”
“‘A’ hospitals show us their leadership is protecting patients from preventable medical harm and error,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “It takes genuine commitment at every level — from clinicians to administrators to the board of directors — and we congratulate the teams who have worked so hard to earn this A.”
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year.