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July 26, 2018

Two Maine hospitals among top 100 ‘great community hospitals’ in U.S.

Photo / William Trevaskis
Photo / William Trevaskis
Lois Skillings, president and CEO of Mid Coast-Parkview Health in Brunswick, stands outside Mid Coast Hospital, which was named for the third consecutive year one of America’s 100 Great Community Hospitals by Becker's Hospital Review.

For the third consecutive year, Becker's Hospital Review has named Mid Coast Hospital one of America's 100 Great Community Hospitals for 2018.

Released on July 23, the 100 Great Community Hospitals list recognizes hospitals for their clinical quality, operational excellence, and economic impact on the surrounding area.

Only two Maine hospitals made the list, with Northern Maine Medical Center in Fort Kent joining Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick in Becker's annual review of hospitals with fewer than 550 beds.

"Being recognized as one of America's top community hospitals for three years running is a true honor," said Lois Skillings, president and CEO of Mid Coast–Parkview Health. "Every day, the physicians, nurses, staff and volunteers at Mid Coast Hospital go above and beyond to ensure that our patients come first and that the quality of care we provide is exceptional. This recognition confirms that we are meeting our extremely high standards and delivering on our promise to provide outstanding healthcare in this region."

The Becker's editorial team selected hospitals for inclusion based on rankings and awards from organizations such as the National Rural Health Association, iVantage Health Analytics, Truven Health Analytics, Healthgrades, CareChex, the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the Leapfrog Group.

Mid Coast Hospital — a 93-bed facility included in the Mid Coast-Parkview Health network — is Brunswick's largest employer with 2,000 workers and remains the only community hospital in Maine to be named a Magnet hospital for excellence in nursing and patient care by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Earlier this year, Mid Coast Hospital received an "A" Hospital Safety Score from The Leapfrog Group and was named one of only 49 hospitals in the nation to have achieved straight As since the safety grades began in 2012.

"As a local not-for-profit, coordinated healthcare system, we remain committed to ensuring access to the highest-quality and affordable care in our community. In fact, our costs are 30% lower than the statewide average," said Skillings. "With this recognition, we are grateful to be acknowledged among our national peers for the care that we deliver locally."

The 49-bed Northern Maine Medical Center appeared among the iVantage Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals list in 2017 and earned the National Rural Healthcare Association's 2017 Top 20 Rural Community Hospitals in the U.S. distinction.

The five-star CMS-rated hospital also has a six-bed intensive care unit and serves an area of about 15,000 residents. In 2017, the hospital supported 525 employees and generated $88 million in economic activity for the local economy.

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