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An "A" for Patient Safety

Date: 05/15/2019

Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes Maine Coast’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and providing 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.

Maine Coast Hospital has achieved straight "A" Hospital Safety grades since the Spring of 2016. “Once again, we are extremely proud to be assigned an 'A' safety grade by The Leapfrog Group,” shares Kristin Cyr, MSN, MBA, CHC, CHPC, vice president nursing and patient care services. “Our care teams focus on patient safety every day and are certainly deserving of this extraordinary recognition.”

“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.” 

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 free to the public.

Our care teams focus on patient safety every day and are certainly deserving of this extraordinary recognition.

– Kristin Cyr