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May 1, 2020

Leapfrog Group awards 'A' for safety to 11 Maine hospitals

COURTESY / RICHARD SAWYER PHOTOGRAPHY Northern Light Mercy Hospital in Portland has been awarded its seventh "A" grade in a row for hospital safety from the Leapfrog Group.
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The Leapfrog Group has given an "A" rating for safety to 11 out of 17 Maine hospitals evaluated this spring.

The national group of employers and other health care purchasers grades hospitals twice a year. The group vets hospitals by 28 national performance measures including prevention of medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harm to patients, with "A" the highest grade and "D" the lowest.

Of the 17 Maine hospitals listed, 11 got an "A" for spring 2020. They are: Cary Medical Center, Caribou; Central Maine Medical Center, Lewiston; Franklin Memorial Hospital, Farmington; Southern Maine Healthcare, Biddeford; Mid Coast Hospital, Brunswick; Northern Light Mercy Hospital, Portland; Northern Light Inland Hospital, Waterville; Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital, Ellsworth; Northern Maine Medical Center, Fort Kent; Pen Bay Medical Center, Rockport; and York Hospital, York.

Many of the Maine hospitals that earned an "A" this round have been awarded the distinction several times in a row.

Northern Light Mercy and Northern Light Maine Coast have both earned an "A" in all of the last seven grading periods.

Northern Light's Inland and York hospitals have received the top grade six out of seven times. Inland wasn't scored in spring 2018, the only scoring period it hasn't gotten an "A" since 2017, and York wasn't scored in the fall of 2018.

This was the fifth "A" in a row for Southern Maine Healthcare, part of Portland-based MaineHealth.

Central Maine Medical Center. the flagship hopsital of Central Maine Healthcare, has earned an "A" four times in two years.

“As the nation copes with a challenging pandemic, our gratitude extends to hospital leadership and health care workers everywhere for their tremendous dedication,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We hope this ‘A’ helps to thank the people who work and volunteer for Central Maine Medical Center. They are role models in putting patients first, and their service has been extraordinary in our country’s time of need.” 

Earning a "B" grade were MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Augusta; Maine Medical Center, Portland; St. Joseph Hospital, Bangor; and St. Mary Regional Medical Center, Lewiston.

Two hospitals earned "C" grades — Northern Light A.R. Gould Hospital, in Presque Isle, and Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center, in Bangor.

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