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Blue Hill Memorial Hospital Awarded Top Rural Hospital Distinction

Release Date: 12/03/2014

Recognition Highlights the Nation’s Premier Hospitals for Safety and Quality
For the second year in a row, The Leapfrog Group has named Blue Hill Memorial Hospital (BHMH) 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.
“I am so proud of the quality of care that is delivered every day to our patients,” explains Kathy Lirakis, RN, chief nursing officer at BHMH. “This quality recognition, combined with our continued high patient satisfaction scores, clearly shows the dedication of our exceptional staff. They consistently put our patients first in everything they do and I am privileged to work with them.”
Blue Hill Memorial Hospital was one of four EMHS (Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems) member organizations recognized.  “This distinguished recognition is made possible because of the commitment and expertise of our outstanding staff combined with the critical support we receive as a member of EMHS,” describes John Ronan, president and CEO of BHMH.  “We continue to find ways to improve quality every day, knowing that our patient’s health and wellness are our top priority.”
The list of Top Hospitals recognized nationally includes 25 Top Rural Hospitals, 60 Top Urban Hospitals, and nine Top Children’s Hospitals.  “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, Blue Hill Memorial Hospital has proven it’s a premier institution and deserves to be recognized for its dedication to the families and patients in the Blue Hill 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
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.

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