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Blue Hill Memorial Hospital Awarded Top Rural Hospital Distinction

Release Date: 12/04/2013

The Leapfrog Group named Blue Hill Memorial Hospital (BHMH) to its annual list of Top Hospitals. The announcement came at Leapfrog’s Annual Meeting on December 3rd in Arlington, Virginia, which gathered key decision-makers from Leapfrog's network of purchaser members, industry partners, health care stakeholders, and national collaborators.

“We are so very proud of this designation. The dedicated providers and staff working at BHMH are excellent and deserve this honor,” states Greg Roraff, president and CEO of Blue Hill Memorial Hospital.
“The field of hospitals considered for this year’s elite Leapfrog Top Hospital distinction was more competitive than ever.  By achieving the Top Hospital accolade, BHMH has demonstrated exemplary performance across all areas of quality and patient safety that are analyzed on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey. If my family or friends needed care, I’d be comfortable sending them to BHMH,” said Leah Binder, president & CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

BHMH’s quality manager, Kathy Lirakis, RN, attended Leapfrog’s Annual Meeting on December 3 to accept the award.  Lirakis said, “it was a pleasure and privilege to represent BHMH at this prestigious event.  We have all worked very hard to set high standards to ensure that the highest quality of care is delivered to our patients and we will continue to look for opportunities to make improvements.” 

BHMH was selected as a Top Hospital out of a record number of 1,324 hospitals participating in The Leapfrog Group’s annual survey. Three other EMHS affiliates were also selected: Charles A. Dean Memorial Hospital, Inland Hospital, and Sebasticook Valley Health.  The complete list includes 22 Top Rural Hospitals, 55 Top Urban Hospitals and 13 Top Children’s Hospitals. Hospitals reaching this achievement include academic medical centers, teaching hospitals, children’s hospitals, and community hospitals in rural, suburban, and urban settings.  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 in place to prevent errors.  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 health care.

About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org) is a national 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.

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