One of the nation’s top rural hospitals, according to Leapfrog Group
Rumford Hospital, nationally recognized for excellence as a rural 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.
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.
“This wonderful honor recognizes the dedication and the hard work of everyone who works at Rumford Hospital,” said interim hospital administrator Becky Hall. “Our commitment is to provide high-quality care to every single person who comes through our doors, and we understand the very big role we play in the community.’’
Bridgton 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.
Rumford was also named in 2016 as a Top 20 Critical Access Hospital by the National Rural Hospital Association. 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.