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Inland Awarded Elite Distinction

Release Date: 12/12/2012

Inland Hospital in Waterville has been named a Top Rural Hospital for the second time in three years by the Leapfrog Group.

The selection is based on the results of the Leapfrog Group’s annual hospital survey, which measures hospitals’ performance on patient safety and quality, focusing on three critical areas of hospital care: how patients fare, resource use, and management practices that prevent errors. For the first time, in addition to meeting the elite quality and resource use standards under Leapfrog, winning hospitals must now also earn an “A” from Leapfrog’s newest initiative, the Hospital Safety Score.

Inland is honored to be named a Top Rural Hospital,” said John Dalton, Inland’s President and CEO. “It’s an opportunity for us to recognize our dedicated staff for always going above and beyond to ensure that our patients receive the right care, at the right time, in the right place.”

The Leapfrog Top Hospital distinction is by far the most competitive award a hospital can receive,” said Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Leapfrog holds hospitals to the highest standards on behalf of our purchaser members and their employees. By achieving the Top Hospital accolade, Inland Hospital has demonstrated exemplary performance across all areas of quality and patient safety that are analyzed on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey. This hospital stands out as one consistently providing safe, high quality care, and I would be comfortable sending my family to Inland Hospital for care.”

Inland was selected as a Top Hospital out of nearly 1200 hospitals participating in The Leapfrog Group’s annual survey. This year, the Top Rural Hospital list includes a record 13 hospitals. Additionally, there are 67 Top Urban Hospitals and 12 Top Children’s Hospitals. Other hospitals reaching this achievement include academic medical centers, teaching hospitals, children’s hospitals, and community hospitals in rural, suburban and urban settings. The results of the survey are posted on a website (http://www.leapfroggroup.org/cp) open to patients and families, the public, employers, and other purchasers of healthcare.

According to Inland leaders, continued hardwiring of safe processes is helping the hospital achieve superior quality and safety results. “Inland and EMHS have made significant technology investments, including a Computerized Physician Order Entry system that helps prevent medication errors, “ noted Rick Barry, RN, BSN, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer. “Also, infections and hospital readmissions are down because our staff is committed to safe practices that deliver the highest standard of care.

Hospital Safety Scores
This Top Rural Hospital announcement comes on the heels of The Leapfrog Group’s release of updated Hospital Safety Scores last week. The Hospital Safety Score—an A, B, C, D, or F score assigned to a hospital based on expert analysis of infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors that frequently cause harm or death during a hospital stay—looks closely at how safe hospitals are for patients. Hospitals like Inland Hospital that received the Top Hospital acknowledgement also had to receive an A on the Hospital Safety Score if they were eligible to be scored. Beyond showing excellence in patient safety reflected in the A, the Top Hospitals have demonstrated the highest standards in quality of care and resource use. Top Hospitals have lower infection rates, higher survival rates for high-risk procedures, decreased length of stay, and fewer readmissions.

About Inland Hospital
Inland is a 48-bed community hospital in Waterville. It is also a 105-bed continuing care center on the Inland campus, and 18 primary and specialty care offices in Waterville and five surrounding communities. Inland has been a proud member of EMHS (Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems) since 1997. EMHS is a system of hospitals, doctor offices, extended care facilities, home health experts and other healthcare services made up of 8000 dedicated professionals in central, northern and eastern Maine. By sharing resources and working together with all members, EMHS helps ensure we have access to new technologies, the best medical protocols, and the support needed to keep high quality care close to home.

About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org) is a national organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of healthcare to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality, and affordability of healthcare 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.

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