MaineGeneral gets an ‘A’ for patient safety from Leapfrog

AUGUSTA – MaineGeneral Medical Center earned the top grade of “A” from the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade program, released April 12, the hospital announced. The grade uses 30 measures of publicly available data on patient safety and quality, taking into account medical error prevention and reduction of re-admissions and infections, among other aspects of patient care.

“Patient safety is our number one priority,” said Chuck Hays, president and CEO of MaineGeneral Health in a news release. “All MaineGeneral employees are committed to providing high-quality, patient-centered care. We’ve made great strides and will continue to seek to provide the highest level of care and safety. The A grade from The Leapfrog Group recognizes these efforts, and is a great achievement by our entire staff.”

MaineGeneral Health provides a wide range of services throughout the Kennebec valley, includling the 192-bed Alfond Center for Health in Augusta and the outpatient Thayer Center for Health in Waterville.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents and infections, the release said. Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, said, “Hospitals that earn top marks nationally in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade have achieved the highest safety standards in the country. That takes commitment from every member of the hospital staff, who all deserve thanks and congratulations when their hospitals achieve an ‘A’ Safety Grade.”

For full results, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org. The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization that reports hospital performance “empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions,” according to the release.