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Southern Maine Medical Center and Goodall Hospital Awarded an "A" for Patient Safety

05/13/2013

Maine Ranked First in the Nation for Hospital Safety
Goodall Hospital and Southern Maine Medical Center (SMMC) are pleased to announce that they have both been honored with an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The A score was awarded in the latest update to the Hospital Safety ScoreSM, the A, B, C, D or F scores assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.

Of the 20 Maine hospitals surveyed by The Leapfrog Group, Goodall and SMHC were among 16 to receive the “A” ranking. The results put Maine first in the nation for hospital safety, followed by Massachusetts.

“Ensuring the well being of patients in our care is a top priority at Goodall,” said Goodall President and CEO Patsy Aprile. “Our staff is dedicated to providing high quality health care and we are gratified that The Leapfrog Group has recognized this commitment with an ‘A’ Hospital Safety Score rating for patient safety.”

“Patients entrust us with their health and safety when they choose SMHC,” said SMHC President and CEO Ed McGeachey. “Earning an ‘A’ Hospital Safety Score rating for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group is a testament to our commitment to provide excellent care, always.”

“Hospitals like Goodall and SMHC that earn an A have demonstrated their commitment to their patients and their community,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I congratulate Goodall and SMHC for their safety excellence, and look forward to the day when all hospitals will match this standard.”

To see Goodall Hospital’s and SMHC’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay. People can also check their local hospital’s score on the free mobile app, available at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors. The panel includes: John Birkmeyer (University of Michigan), Ashish Jha (Harvard University), Lucian Leape (Harvard University), Arnold Millstein (Stanford University), Peter Pronovost (Johns Hopkins University), Patrick Romano (University of California, Davis), Sara Singer (Harvard University), Tim Vogus (Vanderbilt University), and Robert Wachter (University of California, San Francisco). 

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.

About Goodall Hospital
Goodall Hospital is a national award-winning community health system that includes a 58-bed acute care hospital in Sanford, Maine, four eldercare sites and services, and primary and specialty care services in Sanford, Kennebunk, and Waterboro.  Founded in 1928 by the Goodall family, the Hospital today offers state-of-the art health care services and serves as the primary health care resource for its community.  Goodall Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission, licensed by the state of Maine, and is a member of Southern Maine Medical Center and the MaineHealth System. To learn more, visit www.goodallhospital.org.

About Southern Maine Medical Center
Southern Maine Medical Center (SMMC) is a national award-winning healthcare system, including an acute care medical center licensed for 150 beds in Biddeford, Maine, offering excellent clinical care and a multi-specialty physician services group with medical offices providing outpatient care located in Biddeford, Kennebunk, Old Orchard Beach and Saco. Non-emergency care is available without an appointment seven days a week at SMHC’s Walk-In Care center in Saco. SMHC is Joint Commission accredited, Pathway to Excellence designated, state-licensed, and is a member of Southern Maine Medical Center and the MaineHealth system. To learn more visit www.smmc.org or @smmcHealth.

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Media Contacts:
Kristen Hill
Goodall Hospital
khill@goodallhospital.org
(207) 490-7034

Leslie Roberts
Southern Maine Medical Center
lbroberts@smmc.org
(207) 283-7232

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