Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital receives an “A” for patient safety

ELLSWORTH — Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital has been awarded an ‘A’ for safety from The Leapfrog Group. The hospital has achieved straight A grades from Leapfrog since the spring of 2016.

“Once again, we are extremely proud to be assigned an A safety grade by The Leapfrog Group,” said Kristin Cyr, vice president of nursing and patient care services. “Our care teams focus on patient safety every day and are certainly deserving of this extraordinary recognition.”

Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, 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. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent and the results are freely available to the public.

The designation recognizes Maine Coast’s efforts to protect patients from harm and provide safer health care. The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization 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 hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.

“To be recognized nationally as an ‘A’ hospital is an accomplishment the whole community should take pride in,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ grade are making it a priority to protect patients from preventable medical harm and error. We congratulate hospital leaders, board members, staff, volunteers and clinicians who work so hard to earn this A.”

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