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Blue Hill Memorial Hospital Earns 2015 Leapfrog Top Hospital Award - Honored with National Distincti

Release Date: 12/10/2015

For the third year in a row, The Leapfrog Group has named Blue Hill Memorial Hospital (BHMH) to its annual list of Top Hospitals. This coveted and respected recognition showcases Blue Hill Memorial Hospital’s commitment to providing the safest, highest quality health care for our patients.

“I am so proud of the quality of care that is delivered each and every day to our patients,” explains Kathy Lirakis, RN, chief nursing officer at BHMH. “I am privileged to work with such dedicated providers, nurses and staff, who consistently deliver exceptional, high-quality, and compassionate care.  BHMH is honored to be recognized by The Leapfrog Group as a Top Rural Hospital for the third year in a row.”

BHMH was one of 98 Top Hospitals recognized and selected from hospitals participating in The Leapfrog Group’s annual survey. The list includes:
• 24 Top Rural Hospitals
• 62 Top Urban Hospitals
• 12 Top Children’s Hospitals

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 survival rates for high-risk procedures and a hospital’s ability to prevent medication errors.

“Leapfrog’s Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most prestigious distinctions any hospital can achieve in the United States,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Top Hospitals have lower infection rates, better outcomes, decreased length of stay and fewer readmissions. By achieving Top Hospital status, Blue Hill Memorial Hospital has proven it prioritizes the safety of its patients, is committed to transparency and provides exemplary care for families and patients in Hancock County and beyond.  I congratulate the board, staff, and clinicians of Blue Hill Memorial Hospital whose efforts achieved these results.”

The Top Hospital award is given to urban, rural and children's hospitals that publicly report their performance through the annual Leapfrog Hospital Survey and meet the high standards defined in each year's Top Hospitals Methodology.

To see the full list of institutions honored as a 2015 Top Hospital, please visit www.leapfroggroup.org/tophospitals.

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