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MCMH Earns “A” Grade for Patient Safety in Fall 2016 Hospital Safety Score

New Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S., were announced by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. Maine Coast Memorial Hospital was one of 844 hospitals to receive an “A”, ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States.

Ardelle Bigos, MSN, RN, CMSRN, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital says, “Providing safe, patient-centered care is a priority at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital.  Quality and safety requires the focus of every staff member of a hospital. Our team works together to implement best practices and monitor quality metrics.”

Keeping a close eye on metrics that measure quality performance and patient outcomes is just one part of what leads to safe patient care.  Encouraging communication around these measures empowers staff to constantly improve processes. Cooperation, commitment to teamwork, and collaboration are vital to provide excellent patient care.

“Protecting patients from harm is the most important charge for any hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We recognize and appreciate ‘A’ hospitals’ vigilance and continued dedication to keeping their patients safe.”

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. To see Maine Coast Memorial Hospital’s full grade, and to access consumer-friendly patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.

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