One of the nation’s top rural hospitals, according to Leapfrog Group
Bridgton Hospital has been named one of the nation’s top rural hospitals by The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit that surveys and rates healthcare facilities. It is the third year in a row that Bridgton has been recognized by the prestigious organization.
The Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and reports hospital performance. Among the quality benchmarks on the survey are: maternity care, infection rates, and the hospital’s capacity to prevent errors.
“We’re delighted to be honored as a top rural hospital,” said interim hospital administrator Jill Rollins. “Every day we come to work committed to providing high quality care to every patient who comes through our doors, whether for our outpatient services, acute care, the Emergency Room or our well-known ‘swing bed’ program. This recognition speaks to the hard work and dedication of all our employees—and the important role we play in the Lakes Region community.”
Rumford Hospital, also a part of the Central Maine Healthcare system, also earned “top rural hospital” honors this year. Last month, Central Maine Medical Center was graded “A” for safety and quality by the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade initiative.
Earlier this year, Bridgton Hospital was recognized as one of “66 Critical Access Hospitals to Know” by Becker’s Healthcare, the publisher of Becker’s Healthcare Review. The leading hospital-business journal annually selects the nation’s top small hospitals for this honor.
Critical access hospitals have 25 or fewer inpatient beds, and the annual average length of stay is under 96 hours for acute care. These hospitals also offer round-the-clock emergency care, and are located in remote or rural areas.
Bridgton Hospital is now in its second century of service to the Lakes Region.