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Inland Hospital Awarded 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital Distinction

Release Date: 12/04/2014

Recognition Highlights the Nation’s Premier Hospitals for Safety and Quality
Waterville, Maine - December 3, 2014 – For the fourth time in five years, the Leapfrog Group has named Inland Hospital in Waterville to its annual list of Top Hospitals. An elite distinction awarded to hospitals nationwide for demonstrating excellence in hospital safety and quality through the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the Leapfrog Top Hospital award is given to less than seven percent of all eligible hospitals. The awards, which are given annually, were announced at Leapfrog’s Annual Meeting and Top Hospital Awards on December 2, in Washington, D.C.
Inland Hospital is part of EMHS, a statewide health system. It was one of only nine hospitals in Maine honored with the Top Rural Hospital award, and one of only 25 in the nation.
“We are so pleased to be recognized again this year,” said John Dalton, Inland’s President and CEO.  “I am very proud of our staff who make safety and quality a priority every day at Inland. They are to be commended for achieving excellence on a continuous basis. The culture here is to always put the patient first, even when it’s not easy or convenient. This national award is a testament to everyone who works and volunteers at Inland.”  
“Leapfrog’s Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most prestigious distinctions any hospital can achieve in the United States. It recognizes institutions for their excellence in quality of care and patient safety, as well as their commitment to transparency. By achieving Top Hospital status, Inland Hospital has proven it is a premier institution and deserves to be recognized for its dedication to the families and patients in the greater Waterville area,” said Leah Binder, President and CEO of 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 structures established to prevent errors. Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including rates for high-risk procedures and a hospital’s ability to prevent medication errors.
The Top Hospital award is not given to a set number of hospitals, but rather, to all urban, rural and children's hospitals that meet the high standards defined in each year's Top Hospitals Methodology. Three other hospitals in the EMHS system were named to the Top Hospitals list including: Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, Charles A. Dean Memorial Hospital, and Sebasticook Valley Health. To see the full list of institutions honored as a 2014 Top Hospital, please visit www.leapfroggroup.org/tophospitals.
About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org) is 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. The Hospital Safety Score (www.hospitalsafetyscore.org) is an initiative of The Leapfrog Group.
About Inland Hospital
The Inland family includes a community hospital, a 105-bed continuing care center on the hospital campus in Waterville, and 20 primary and specialty care medical practices in Waterville and surrounding communities. In November, Leapfrog awarded Inland Hospital with an “A” grade (the highest score possible) in their bi-annual Hospital Safety Score program, which recognizes hospitals for their efforts to eliminate medical errors, infections, and injuries. Inland has received an “A” grade every reporting period since the program started in 2012. Inland has been part of EMHS since 1997. For more information about Inland Hospital, visit www.inlandhospital.org.