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Originally published in Compass, November 27, 2013
BHMH scores high in national ranking

Blue Hill Memorial Hospital recently received its scores on Leapfrog’s annual hospital survey, part of Leapfrog’s Hospital Recognition Program, a program that focuses on national patient safety, quality, and resource use standards. BHMH ranked in the top 10 percent nationwide out of 1,324 participating hospitals, the hospital announced in a press release.

“We are so proud of the staff at BHMH. We attribute these high scores to excellent teamwork, always aimed at caring for our patients,” said quality manager Kathy Lirakis, RN. “The implementation this past year of computerized physician order entry along with a medication verification program are examples of how prioritizing in patient safety results in fewer errors and better outcomes.”

The Leapfrog Group was formed in 2000 by a group of Fortune 500 companies that were committed to leveraging the purchasing power of its members to promote quality, safety and affordability of health care by promoting high value health care through incentives and rewards. Every year the data collected through the Leapfrog Survey is used to evaluate, benchmark, and publicly report hospital performance in a number of clinical areas including computerized physician order entry, management of serious errors, readmissions for acute myocardial infarctions, heart failure and pneumonia, length of stay, and the incorporation of safe practices into daily operations. Performance in a specific clinical area is then compiled into a composite score in one of three overall areas: quality, resource use, and value. In 2013, 1,324 hospitals, ranging in size from less than 25 beds to over 1,000 beds, participated in the survey.