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Inland Awarded “A” Grade in Safety

Release Date: 10/30/2013

Inland Hospital was honored with an “A” grade in the Fall 2013 update to the Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be analyzed in the peer-reviewed Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.

We are very proud of our outstanding quality ratings,” said John Dalton, President and CEO of Inland Hospital, a member of EMHS. “It’s a validation of all the hard work of our staff and providers who are dedicated to ensuring that patients receive the safest care possible and are always treated with respect.”

As patients begin to take a more active role in selecting where to receive healthcare, it has never been more important to focus on hospital safety and transparency. The ‘A’ hospitals, including Inland Hospital, are helping us to raise the standards of healthcare nationwide,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog. “We offer our congratulations and hope the hospital will continue to strive for an ever-increasing level of excellence in patient safety.”

To see Inland’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, and to find safety tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. Local hospitals’ scores are also available on the free mobile app, available at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

How the Leapfrog Safety Score is Calculated
Calculated under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 general U.S. hospitals were assigned scores this Fall. A full analysis of the data and methodology used is available on the Hospital Safety Score website.

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 Inland Hospital
Inland Hospital is a dynamic healthcare organization that believes in putting the patient first in every way.  It is a 48-bed community hospital in Waterville; Lakewood, a 105-bed continuing care center on the hospital campus; and 18 primary and specialty care physician offices in Waterville and five surrounding communities. It was named a Top Rural Hospital by Leapfrog in 2013. Heart First is Inland’s quality award winning cardiology practice and all of Inland’s primary care practices have been certified by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Inland has been a proud member of EMHS since 1998. For more information visit www.inlandhospital.org

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