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Inland Earns “A” for Safety

Date Given: 5/9/2013 12:00:00 AM

Inland Earns “A” for Safety
 
Inland Hospital in Waterville has been recognized 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. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety (April 2013), Hospital Safety Score is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.
 
We are very proud of the hard work and dedication of Inland staff and providers to improve patient safety and quality every day,” said Mike Palumbo, DO, Inland’s Vice President of Medical Affairs.
 
Earning an ‘A’ on the Hospital Safety Score demonstrates that this hospital has exhibited excellence in our national database of patient safety measures,” said Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I’d like to congratulate Inland Hospital for your achievements and encourage you to continue to put a priority on the safety of your patients.” This is the second “A’ for Inland - it earned an “A” in the first reporting period last fall. Leapfrog plans to announce “grades” twice a year.
 
To see Inland’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, which provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay. Local hospitals’ scores are also available on the free mobile app, available at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.
 
Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s eight-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), 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.

Inland Hospital is a 48-bed community hospital in Waterville, Maine with 18 specialty and primary care practices in local communities. As part of EMHS, Inland has access to innovative models that improve quality and reduce costs – while helping us to provide the right care, at the right time, in the right place. FMI: www.inlandhospital.org and www.emhs.org

Read more in this Morning Sentinel Article: May 9, 2013