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Inland Hospital Earns “A” Grade Again in National Patient Safety Program

Date Given: 4/29/2014 12:00:00 AM

Waterville, Maine, April 29, 2014 – Inland Hospital in Waterville has once again earned a top grade in patient safety by an independent national non-profit run by employers and large purchasers of health benefits. The latest update to the Hospital Safety Score, released by The Leapfrog Group, shows Inland receiving an “A” ranking in the industry watchdog’s Spring 2014 assessment of U.S. hospitals when it comes preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.
“To be recognized by an independent organization with such high standards is very gratifying because of what it says about our commitment to our patients,” says John Dalton, Inland Hospital President and CEO. “For our staff, a safe patient care environment is an absolute priority.”
Inland has earned an “A” ranking from Leapfrog for the past two years, and has also earned Leapfrog’s Top Rural Hospital award three times in four years. Inland is a member of EMHS and its sister hospitals within EMHS also earned top safety grades, including EMMC in Bangor, Mercy Hospital in Portland, and TAMC in Presque Isle.
The Hospital Safety Score is released twice a year and is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.
“Safety should come first for our families when we pick a hospital, because errors and infections are common and deadly,” said Leah Binder, president & CEO of the Leapfrog Group, which produces the Hospital Safety Score. “No hospital is perfect, but we congratulate the Board, clinicians, administration, and staff of Inland Hospital for achieving an “A” and showing us that you made the well-being of your patients your top priority.”  
Calculated under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in spring 2014, with about 32-percent receiving an “A” grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, and its website offers a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades.
To see how Inland Hospital’s score compares locally and nationally, and to access safety tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. Consumers can also go to www.hospitalsafetyscore.org for a free download of the Hospital Safety Score app.
About The Leapfrog Group
The Hospital Safety Score (www.hospitalsafetyscore.org)  is an initiative of The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org), a national nonprofit 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.
About Inland Hospital                                                                                                                                              Inland Hospital is a dynamic healthcare organization that believes in putting the patient first in every way.  It is a 48-bed community hospital in Waterville; Lakewood, a 105-bed continuing care center on the hospital campus; and 18 primary and specialty care physician offices in Waterville and five surrounding communities. Heart First is Inland’s quality award winning cardiology practice and all of Inland’s primary care practices have been certified by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. As a proud member of EMHS, Inland helps ensure access to high quality, coordinated care for our communities.