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    Mercy Hospital Receives an "A" for Patient Safety

    10/31/2017
    Portland, Maine – (Oct. 31, 2017) – The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit healthcare ratings organization, released new hospital safety grades today. The Leapfrog Group assigns letter grades of A, B, C, D and F to hospitals nationwide based on their performance in preventing medical errors and infections. Mercy Hospital was awarded an "A" for its commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the country.
    Portland, Maine – (Oct. 31, 2017) – The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit healthcare ratings organization, released new hospital safety grades today. The Leapfrog Group assigns letter grades of A, B, C, D and F to hospitals nationwide based on their performance in preventing medical errors and infections. Mercy Hospital was awarded an "A" for its commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the country.

    "Patient safety is at the center of everything we do at Mercy," said Charlie Therrien, president of Mercy Hospital. "I'd like to thank our committed staff for continuously looking for ways to innovate and ensure our patients receive the best possible care in the safest environment."

    "It takes consistent, unwavering dedication to patients to achieve the highest standards of patient safety. An 'A' safety grade recognizes hospitals for this accomplishment," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. "We congratulate Mercy for showing the country what it means to put patient safety first."  

    Developed under the guidance of a Blue Ribbon National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

    To see the grades of other hospitals in Maine and to access patient tips for staying safe in hospitals, please visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.

    About The Leapfrog Group:
    Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog's other main initiative, 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.  

    About Mercy:
    Mercy Hospital is a member of EMHS. Mercy provides a broad range of medical and surgical services through six primary care locations, five express care locations, and 22 subspecialty physician practices ranging from cardiology and spine surgery, to ENT and cancer care. Mercy Hospital also includes Gary's House and McAuley Residence. More information on Mercy is available at www.mercyhospital.org.

    About EMHS:
    EMHS is an integrated health delivery system serving the state of Maine. With a workforce of more than 12,000, EMHS offers a broad range of healthcare services and providers, including nine hospitals, physician practices, long-term care, home health and hospice, ground and air emergency transport, and population health management.