Waldo County General Hospital earns national award for quality

Dec 04, 2018

Belfast — In recognition of its achievements in patient safety and quality, Waldo County General Hospital has been named a Top Rural Hospital by The Leapfrog Group for the first time since 2009.

Announced today, the Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive. The Leapfrog Group is an independent hospital watchdog organization.

“This Leapfrog Top Rural Hospital designation reflects Waldo County General Hospital’s commitment to providing the highest-quality patient-centered care in the Midcoast,” said Kent Clark, M.D., chief medical officer. “This reward is reflection of the excellent care our clinicians and staff provide to our patients on a daily basis. We are honored to be recognized alongside so many distinguished facilities.”

Among thousands of hospitals in the country, Waldo County General Hospital received a Top Rural Hospital distinction, recognized nationally alongside:

• 13 Top Children’s Hospitals

• 35 Top General Hospitals

• 17 Top Rural Hospitals

• 53 Top Teaching Hospitals

Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, maternity care, and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication errors. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology.

“Being acknowledged as a Top Hospital is an incredible feat achieved by less than 6 percent of eligible hospitals nationwide,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “With this honor, Waldo County General Hospital has established its commitment to safer and higher-quality care. Providing this level of care to patients in Belfast, Maine, requires motivation and drive from every team member. I congratulate the board, staff and clinicians whose efforts made this honor possible."

To qualify for the Top Hospitals distinction, a hospital must submit a Leapfrog Hospital Survey and achieve highest performance in its category. The selection of Top Hospitals 2018 is based on surveys from nearly 1,900 hospitals.

To see the full list of institutions honored as 2018 Top Hospitals, visit leapfroggroup.org/tophospitals.



Comments (1)
Posted by: John E Marshall | Dec 04, 2018 14:44

This doesn't surprise me. Lucia and I have both run hospital and healthcare systems and thought WCGH was top notch when we lived in Belfast 2003-2005.

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