Cary Medical Center Earns 2015 Leapfrog Top Hospital Award
The Leapfrog Group has named Cary Medical Center to its annual list of Top Hospitals. This coveted and respected recognition showcases the hospital’s commitment to Leapfrog’s vision of providing the safest, highest quality health care for consumers and purchasers alike.
“It is an honor for us to accept this most prestigious award”, said Kris Doody, RN and Chief Executive Officer at Cary Medical Center. “It is a tribute to our physicians, mid-level providers, our nursing and clinical staff as well as to all of our support departments. Working as a team we have built a culture of patient and family centered care that has just become a way of life for this organization.”
Cary’s CEO was in Washington D. C. on Wednesday, December 2nd to accept the award at the 15th Annual Leapfrog Meeting.
Cary Medical Center was one of 98 Top Hospitals recognized and selected from more than 1600 hospitals participating in The Leapfrog Group’s annual survey. The list includes:
- 24 Top Rural Hospitals
- 62 Top Urban Hospitals
- 12 Top Children’s Hospitals
The selection is based on the results of The Leapfrog Group’s annual hospital survey, which measures hospitals’ performance on patient safety and quality, focusing on three critical areas of hospital care: how patients fare, resource use and management structures established to prevent errors. Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including survival rates for high-risk procedures and a hospital’s ability to prevent medication errors.
“Leapfrog’s Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most prestigious distinctions any hospital can achieve in the United States,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Top Hospitals have lower infection rates, better outcomes, decreased length of stay and fewer readmissions. By achieving Top Hospital status, Cary Medical Center has proven it prioritizes the safety of its patients, is committed to transparency and provides exemplary care for families and patients in Aroostook County. I congratulate the board, staff, and clinicians of the hospital whose efforts achieved these results.”
The Top Hospital award is given to urban, rural and children’s hospitals that publicly report their performance through the annual Leapfrog Hospital Survey and meet the high standards defined in each year’s Top Hospitals Methodology.
To see the full list of institutions honored as a 2015 Top Hospital, please visit www.leapfroggroup.org/tophospitals.
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. Hospital Safety Score, 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 Cary Medical Center
Cary Medical Center is a General Acute Care hospital located in Caribou, Maine the ‘Heart’ of Aroostook County. The hospital offers advanced diagnostic technology and a unique patient and family culture. The hospital also was the first in the nation where the Veterans Administration established a Community Based Outpatient Clinic. Cary is also the home of the Maine Veterans Home and Residential Care Center. Among the nation’s top rural hospitals Cary Medical Center has won numerous awards for clinical quality, patient safety and patient experience.