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Leapfrog Group Awards SMH Top Rural Hospital Distinction

Timothy A. Churchill, President and CEO, announces the Leapfrog Group has recognized Stephens Memorial Hospital as one of three top rural hospitals in the country for its delivery of quality care based on results from The Leapfrog Hospital Survey.  The survey is the only national public comparison of hospitals on key quality measures such as computer physician order entry, (CPOE), medication systems, infection rates, safety practices and efficiency.  Stephens Memorial Hospital scored in the top decile nationally for delivering quality care and its prudent utilization of resources.


David Kumaki, M.D., M. Patricia Cook, Senior Vice President-Clinical, Katherine M. Bonney, Vice President for Performance Improvement were presented the award on behalf of Stephens Memorial Hospital on December 3rd at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.  Mr. Churchill states, "There is a significant amount of work that goes into our quality initiatives by everyone at Stephens Memorial Hospital and MaineHealth.  We continuously strive to provide more efficient care which results in better outcomes for our patients, and we are excited to gain this recognition."


Leapfrog is the gold standard in measuring performance and enhancing transparency to purchasers of healthcare services which allows them to make more informed health care choices. Leapfrog's initiatives include reducing medical mistakes and improving the quality and affordability of health care.


Stephens Memorial Hospital is a member of MaineHealth. Visit Stephens Memorial Hospital on the Internet at

 Photo Caption: L-R  Leapfrog Group Board Chair Dave Knowlton, Katherine Bonney, VP for Performance Improvement, SMH, M. Patricia Cook, Senior VP-Clinical, SMH, David Kumaki, M.D., SMH, and Leah Binder, CEO, Leapfrog Group)



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