Mid Coast Hospital Awarded an “A” for Patient Safety

The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits, has honored Mid Coast Hospital with an “A” Hospital Safety ScoreSM. The Hospital Safety Score was calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections. U.S. hospitals were assigned an A, B, C, D, or F for their safety. The Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe.

“The mission of Mid Coast Hospital is to provide quality health care directed toward improving the health and well being of the patients and communities we serve” said Lois Skillings, President and CEO of Mid Coast Hospital. “As part of that mission, our 2020 Vision specifies that we will continuously measure and improve everything we do to provide the safest hospital care possible. The Leapfrog group affirms that we are on the right track. We are pleased to be recognized in the good company of 13 other Maine Hospitals, which have also earned an "A". This does not surprise us given the consistent high position in overall quality scores that Maine hospitals receive when compared to the nation.”

“It’s The Leapfrog Group’s goal to give patients the information they need and deserve before even entering a hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the hospitals that earned an “A” and we look forward to the day when all hospitals in the U.S. will earn the highest scores for putting patient safety first.”

To see Mid Coast Hospital’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, the Hospital Safety Score website, which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay.

About The LeapfrogGroup
The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org) is a national organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality, and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders, and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.