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Southern Maine Health Care Nationally Recognized with an ‘A’ for safety

May 10, 2022

Media Contact:
Allison Kenty
207-283-7233
akenty@smhc.org

BIDDEFORD, ME, May 10, 2022 – Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) received an “A” grade in the spring 2022 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade.

“Achieving and then maintaining an ‘A’ is an exceptional achievement, especially during a time that has brought unique challenges,” said SMHC President Nate Howell. “Our care team members continue to meet each day with excellence, positivity, and teamwork. And this remarkable award is a direct reflection of their daily efforts to make our patients and quality of our care a top priority.”

The Leapfrog Group assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to general hospitals across the country based on over thirty national performance measures reflecting errors, accidents, injuries and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm.

Leapfrog’s hospital ratings program is based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harms to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, and grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.

Visit hospitalsafetygrade.org to learn more about Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades.

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About Southern Maine Health Care
Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) is a national award-winning non-profit healthcare organization in York County Maine. SMHC includes Biddeford Medical Center, a full service, acute care medical center and Sanford Medical Center with York County’s only inpatient behavioral health unit. Emergency care, surgical services and diagnostic and therapy services are also available at both Medical Centers. SMHC offers primary care and multi-specialty physician services, diagnostic and therapy services and Walk-In Care centers. SMHC is Joint Commission accredited and has been recognized for quality excellence by numerous outside organizations. SMHC is part of the MaineHealth system, a growing family of health care services in northern New England with the vision of ‘Working together to make our communities the healthiest in America’. To learn more, visit www.smhc.org.

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