MMC Earns an ‘A’ For Safety from Leapfrog Group
November 16, 2022
Contact: Caroline Cornish
PORTLAND, Maine – Maine Medical Center (MMC) was awarded an ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group for fall 2022, the highest grade that Leapfrog offers. Leapfrog, an independent national quality evaluator, awards letter grades to hospitals every six months based on each hospital’s ability to prevent medical errors and harm to patients. This is the fifth consecutive ‘A’ grade for MMC.
“The past two years have created enormous challenges for our care team, but they continue to make high-quality, safe, patient-centered care their top priority,” said MMC President Jeff Sanders. “Even as we celebrate this achievement, our team is continuing to look for ways to improve our care and achieve our vision of working together so our communities are the healthiest in America.”
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is a peer-reviewed assessment of hospital performance on more than 30 measures in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other types of harm to patients in their care. MMC received high marks for its Magnet-recognized nursing program, comprehensive levels of hand hygiene compliance, steps taken to ensure medication safety and number of critical-care physicians in its Intensive Care Unit.
“I applaud the hospital leadership and workforce for their strong commitment to safety and transparency,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “An ‘A’ Safety Grade is a sign that hospitals are continuously evaluating their performance, so that they can best protect patients. Your hospital team should be extremely proud of their dedication and achievement.”
You can learn more about The Leapfrog Group and its Hospital Safety Grade at HospitalSafetyGrade.org.
About Maine Medical Center
Maine Medical Center (MMC), recognized as a Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News and World Report for 2022-2023, is a complete health care resource for the people of Greater Portland and the entire state, as well as northern New England. Incorporated in 1868, MMC is the state’s largest medical center, licensed for 700 beds and employing more than 9,600 people. MMC's unique role as both a community hospital and a referral center requires an unparalleled depth and breadth of services, including an active educational program and a world-class biomedical research center. As a nonprofit institution, Maine Medical Center provides nearly 23 percent of all the charity care delivered in Maine. MMC is part of the MaineHealth system, a growing family of health care services in northern New England. For more information, visit www.mmc.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 for patient safety. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC 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. For more, follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and sign up for our newsletter.