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SMMC and Goodall Hospital Awarded an “A” for Patient Safety by Hospital Safety Score

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BIDDEFORD & SANFORD, Maine – October 30, 2013 – Goodall Hospital and Southern Maine Medical Center (SMMC) are pleased to announce that once again they have both been honored with an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The A score was awarded in the latest update to the Hospital Safety ScoreSM, the A, B, C, D or F scores assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.

Of the 20 Maine hospitals surveyed by The Leapfrog Group, Goodall and SMMC were among 16 to receive the “A” ranking. Of the reporting Maine hospitals, 80 percent scored an “A” and none were ranked below a “C.” The results put Maine first in the nation for hospital safety for the second time in a row, followed by Massachusetts.

“Patients entrust us with their health and safety when they choose SMMC,” said SMMC President and CEO Ed McGeachey. “Earning an ‘A’ Hospital Safety Score rating for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group is a testament to our commitment to provide excellent care, always.”

“Ensuring the well being of patients in our care is a top priority at Goodall,” said Goodall President and CEO Patsy Aprile. “Our staff is dedicated to providing high quality health care and we are gratified that The Leapfrog Group has recognized this commitment with an ‘A’ Hospital Safety Score rating for patient safety.”

“Hospitals like Goodall and SMMC that earn an A have demonstrated their commitment to their patients and their community,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I congratulate Goodall and SMMC for their safety excellence, and look forward to the day when all hospitals will match this standard.”

SMMC and Goodall Hospital will be merging on January 1, 2014. The new healthcare system, called Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC), will be the fifth largest healthcare provider in Maine and the largest employer home-based in York County with approximately 2,200 employees and an annual operating budget of $252 million.

To see Goodall Hospital’s and SMMC’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay. People can also check their local hospital’s score on the free mobile app, available at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors. The panel includes: John Birkmeyer (University of Michigan), Ashish Jha (Harvard University), Lucian Leape (Harvard University), Arnold Millstein (Stanford University), Peter Pronovost (Johns Hopkins University), Patrick Romano (University of California, Davis), Sara Singer (Harvard University), Tim Vogus (Vanderbilt University), and Robert Wachter (University of California, San Francisco). 

About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org) is a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality, and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders, and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.

About Goodall Hospital
Goodall Hospital is a national award-winning community health system that includes a 58-bed acute care hospital in Sanford, Maine, four eldercare sites and services, and primary and specialty care services in Sanford, Kennebunk, and Waterboro.  Founded in 1928 by the Goodall family, the Hospital today offers state-of-the art health care services and serves as the primary health care resource for its community.  Goodall Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission, licensed by the state of Maine, and is a member of Southern Maine Health Care and the MaineHealth System. To learn more, visit www.goodallhospital.org.

About Southern Maine Medical Center
Southern Maine Medical Center (SMMC) is a national award-winning healthcare system, including an acute care medical center licensed for 150 beds in Biddeford, Maine, offering excellent clinical care and a multi-specialty physician services group with medical offices providing outpatient care located in Biddeford, Kennebunk, Old Orchard Beach and Saco. Non-emergency care is available without an appointment seven days a week at SMMC’s Walk-In Care center in Saco. SMMC is Joint Commission accredited, Pathway to Excellence designated, state-licensed, and is a member of Southern Maine Health Care and the MaineHealth system. To learn more visit www.smmc.org or @smmcHealth.


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Media Contacts:
Kristen Hill
Goodall Hospital
khill@goodallhospital.org
(207) 490-7034

Leslie Roberts
Southern Maine Medical Center
lbroberts@smmc.org
(207) 283-7232

SMMC & Goodall Hospital Offering Free Information Sessions about the Health Insurance Marketplace

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BIDDEFORD & SANFORD, Maine – October 21, 2013 – The Health Insurance Marketplace is open and York County residents have an opportunity to choose from a variety of health insurance plans. To help them make informed choices, Southern Maine Medical Center (SMMC) and Goodall Hospital, with support from MaineHealth and York County Community Action, are offering a series of free information sessions. These sessions will provide an overview of:

  • The Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare)
  • The Health Insurance Marketplace
  • Available health insurance options
  • Eligibility options for free or low-cost coverage
  • How to apply

Sessions have been scheduled as follows:

Southern Maine Medical Center
One Medical Center Drive, Biddeford
Classrooms – 2nd Floor

October 29

  • 6:00 p.m.
  • 6:30 p.m.

November 1

  • Noon
  • 12:30 p.m.

Goodall Hospital
25 June Street, Sanford
Hospital Conference Room – 1st Floor

November 6

  • 11:30 a.m.
  • Noon
  • 12:30 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m.

November 19

  • 6:00 p.m.

For more information about the Health Insurance Marketplace please call their hotline at 800-318-2596, or York County Community Action at 800-965-5762 or visit www.enroll207.com.

About Southern Maine Medical Center
Southern Maine Medical Center (SMMC) is a national award-winning healthcare system, including an acute care medical center licensed for 150 beds in Biddeford, Maine, offering excellent clinical care and a multi-specialty physician services group with medical offices providing outpatient care located in Biddeford, Kennebunk, Old Orchard Beach and Saco. Non-emergency care is available without an appointment seven days a week at SMMC’s Walk-In Care center in Saco. SMMC is Joint Commission accredited, Pathway to Excellence designated, state-licensed, and is a member of Southern Maine Health Care and the MaineHealth system. To learn more visit www.smmc.org or @smmcHealth.

About Goodall Hospital
Goodall Hospital is a national award-winning community health system that includes a 58-bed acute care hospital in Sanford, Maine, four eldercare sites and services, and primary and specialty care services in Sanford, Kennebunk, and Waterboro.  Founded in 1928 by the Goodall family, the Hospital today offers state-of-the art health care services and serves as the primary health care resource for its community.  Goodall Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission, licensed by the state of Maine, and is a member of Southern Maine Health Care and the MaineHealth System.  To learn more, visit www.goodallhospital.org.

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Media Contacts:
Leslie Roberts
Southern Maine Medical Center
(207) 283-7232
lbroberts@smmc.org

Kristen Hill
Goodall Hospital
(207) 490-7034
khill@goodallhospital.org

Steven R. Buck Joins Southern Maine Health Care Board of Directors

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Sanford City Manager Steven R. Buck has been elected to the Southern Maine Health Care board of trustees.

BIDDEFORD & SANFORD, Maine – October 10, 2013 – The Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) board of trustees is pleased to announce that Sanford City Manager Steven R. Buck has been elected to the SMHC board.

“The Southern Maine Health Care board of trustees is a group of 20 women and men who serve their community in this important role without compensation. We are pleased to welcome Steve Buck,” said Bernard Gaines, chair of the SMHC board of trustees. “Having served for more than a decade on the board of directors for Cary Medical Center in Caribou, Mr. Buck has a strong understanding of healthcare finances and operations. Much of his career has been spent working in state and municipal government, including 11 years as city manager for Caribou. Mr. Buck’s expertise complements the skills of our current board members and will be invaluable as we merge Southern Maine Medical Center and Goodall Hospital into SMHC in 2014.”

Buck is a native of Corinna, Maine. He earned a bachelor of science in agricultural engineering from the University of Maine at Orono. Upon graduation Buck spent 15 years expanding and diversifying his family’s agricultural business, during which time he was elected and appointed to serve on multiple state and municipal boards, including appointments by two governors to state boards and serving as chair of the State of Maine Potato Quality Control Board.

Buck became the city manager of Sanford in 2012, prior to which he was city manager of Caribou for 11 years. During his tenure in Caribou, Buck grew regionalized services, championed economic development and worked to complete the first segment of the North-South Highway in Caribou.

Mr. Buck has been a member of the boards of the Corinna Health Center and Cary Medical Center. He, his wife and children reside in Sanford.

Members of the SMHC board of trustees include: Bernard Gaines, chair; Ted Hissong, vice chair; Brad Paige, treasurer; Merilee Perkins, secretary; Robert Bauman; Lori Ann Black; Donald Burgess, MD; William Caron, ex-officio; Michael Carroll, MD; Jennifer Cutts, MD; Joan Fink; William Frank, MD; Frank Goudreau, DO; Richard Hull; Edward McGeachey, ex-officio; Mark Mickeriz; Mary O’Hare, MD; Robert Quentin; Gina Quinn-Skillings, MD; Rob Reinken and John Thompson, DO.

About Southern Maine Medical Center
Southern Maine Medical Center (SMMC) is a national award-winning healthcare system, including an acute care medical center licensed for 150 beds in Biddeford, Maine, offering excellent clinical care and a multi-specialty physician services group with medical offices providing outpatient care located in Biddeford, Kennebunk, Old Orchard Beach and Saco. Non-emergency care is available without an appointment seven days a week at SMMC’s Walk-In Care center in Saco. SMMC is Joint Commission accredited, Pathway to Excellence designated, state-licensed, and is a member of Southern Maine Health Care and the MaineHealth system. To learn more visit www.smmc.org or @smmcHealth.

About Goodall Hospital
Goodall Hospital is a national award-winning community health system that includes a 58-bed acute care hospital in Sanford, Maine, four eldercare sites and services, and primary and specialty care services in Sanford, Kennebunk, and Waterboro.  Founded in 1928 by the Goodall family, the Hospital today offers state-of-the art health care services and serves as the primary health care resource for its community.  Goodall Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission, licensed by the state of Maine, and is a member of Southern Maine Health Care and the MaineHealth System.  To learn more, visit www.goodallhospital.org.

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Media Contact:
Leslie Roberts
(207) 283.7232
lbroberts@smmc.org

SMMC and Goodall Hospital Thank Legislators for MaineCare Payments

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Photo Caption: Southern Maine Medical Center and Goodall Hospital hosted a breakfast for York County legislators to thank them for the MaineCare payments the hospitals received this week for care provided between 2009 and 2012. Ed McGeachey, president/CEO of SMHC and SMMC, and Patsy Aprile, president/CEO of Goodall Hospital, stated that the payments were acutely needed especially in light of reduced government reimbursements and $33 million in uncompensated care that their organizations project they will provide next year. Shown accepting a thank you card signed by hospital employees are (l to r) Ed McGeachey, president/CEO of SMHC and SMMC; Rep. Andrea Boland (D-Sanford), Rep. Justin Chenette (D-Saco), Sen. Linda Valentino (D-District 5), Rep. Anne-Marie Mastraccio (D-Sanford), Rep. James Campbell (I-Newfield), Rep. Barry Hobbins (D-Saco), and Patsy Aprile, president/CEO of Goodall Hospital. SMMC and Goodall Hospital will be merging on January 1, 2014, to form Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC), the fift

Representative Anne-Marie Mastraccio (D-Sanford), Representative Andrea Boland (D-Sanford), Senator Linda Valentino (D-District 5), Representative Barry Hobbins (D-Saco), Representative James Campbell (I-Newfield), and Representative Justin Chenette (D-Saco) visited with executives and board members from Southern Maine Medical Center (SMMC) and Goodall Hospital on Monday.  The hospitals held the meeting to thank area legislators for the receipt of the recent MaineCare payments for care provided in 2009-2012. 

The meeting was also an opportunity to discuss the upcoming merger between SMMC and Goodall Hospital which is scheduled to occur on January 1, 2014.   The new healthcare system, called Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC), will be the fifth largest healthcare provider in Maine and the largest employer home-based in York County with approximately 2,200 employees and an annual operating budget of $252 million.

Patsy Aprile, president and CEO of Goodall Hospital, and Ed McGeachey, president and CEO of SMHC and SMMC, told the legislators that SMHC plans to maintain two hospitals and two full-service emergency departments, both in Biddeford and in Sanford. The organization will also be expanding primary care and specialists in the communities it serves, will be offering patients an integrated medical record by next spring, is committed to assuring access to the eldercare facilities in Sanford as well as access to mental health services in that community.

At the same time, the hospitals are facing over $4 million in increased expenses next year as a result of sequestration payment cuts and state cuts to outpatient services, as well as a $1 million increase in the state hospital tax.  SMHC is also projecting continued steep increases in free care and bad debt costs, estimated to reach over $33 million next year.

“We will need to leverage the cost savings opportunities resulting from our merger in order to continue to provide care as cost efficiently as possible to everyone who needs it,” said Aprile. 

During breakfast, the group discussed the importance of expanding health insurance coverage in order to eliminate much of the burden of bad debt and charity care that hospitals now carry. 

“We support the expansion of MaineCare,” McGeachey stated.  “MaineCare funding is matched two to one by the federal government, bringing healthcare dollars into the state to help support insurance coverage for those whose incomes qualify them for MaineCare.  SMHC’s mission is to improve the health and the health care of the communities we serve.  When people have healthcare coverage, they are more likely to seek the strong preventative care services we offer. In the long run that helps people stay healthy. That’s good for the individual and a lot less expensive than treating people after the fact in the emergency department or hospital.”

About Southern Maine Medical Center
Southern Maine Medical Center (SMMC) is a national award-winning healthcare system, including an acute care medical center licensed for 150 beds in Biddeford, Maine, offering excellent clinical care and a multi-specialty physician services group with medical offices providing outpatient care located in Biddeford, Kennebunk, Old Orchard Beach and Saco. Non-emergency care is available without an appointment seven days a week at SMMC’s Walk-In Care center in Saco. SMMC is Joint Commission accredited, Pathway to Excellence designated, state-licensed, and is a member of Southern Maine Health Care and the MaineHealth system. To learn more visit www.smmc.org or @smmcHealth.

About Goodall Hospital
Goodall Hospital is a national award-winning community health system that includes a 58-bed acute care hospital in Sanford, Maine, four eldercare sites and services, and primary and specialty care services in Sanford, Kennebunk, and Waterboro.  Founded in 1928 by the Goodall family, the Hospital today offers state-of-the art health care services and serves as the primary health care resource for its community.  Goodall Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission, licensed by the state of Maine, and is a member of Southern Maine Health Care and the MaineHealth System.  To learn more, visit www.goodallhospital.org.

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Media Contact:
Leslie Roberts
(207) 283.7232
lbroberts@smmc.org

Goodall Hospital & SMMC CEOs to Hold Community Forums about January Merger

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Goodall Hospital President /CEO Patsy Aprile and President / CEO Ed McGeachey of SMMC and SMHC are hosting a series of Community Forums to discuss how their organizations coming together to become Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) on January 1, 2014 will benefit York County for generations to come.

The future of health care in York County looks very exciting!

BIDDEFORD & SANFORD, Maine – September 4, 2013 – Ed McGeachey, president and CEO of Southern Maine Medical Center (SMMC), and Patsy Aprile, president and CEO of Goodall Hospital, are hosting a series of Community Forums to discuss their organizations’ merger into Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) on January 1, 2014. The public is invited to come and learn how SMHC will benefit the health and health care of local communities for generations to come.

“The formation of Southern Maine Health Care, a dynamic new regional healthcare system, will strengthen healthcare services in the York County region,” said Ed McGeachey, president and CEO of SMMC and SMHC. “By coming together, SMHC will be able to make investments in services and state-of-the-art technology that will benefit the community for years to come while also achieving cost savings that will help control the rising cost of health care.”
 
“Health care is extremely complex and changing rapidly,” said Patsy Aprile, president and CEO of Goodall Hospital. “Faced with shrinking payments, community hospitals are under tremendous financial pressure. Despite concerted efforts to manage healthcare costs, it’s no secret that Goodall has struggled financially for years. Our merger with SMMC will help ensure that the Sanford community will continue to have access to critical healthcare services through Southern Maine Health Care.”

The public is invited to come and learn more at any of the following Community Forums:

September 19 - 6:00 p.m.
Goodall Library, Sanford

October 2 - 6:00 p.m.
Nasson Little Theatre, Springvale

October 3 - 6:00 p.m.
MacArthur Library, Biddeford

October 9 - 6:00 p.m.
Brick Store Museum Program Center, Kennebunk

“These are exciting times for health care, and we look forward to talking to community members about how SMHC is ensuring a healthier future for York County,” added McGeachey.

On October 2, 2012, Southern Maine Medical Center and Goodall Hospital announced the formation of a new parent corporation, Southern Maine Health Care, the York County member of MaineHealth. SMMC and Goodall Hospital remain separate organizations at this time, each with their own operations and medical staff.  However, through their partnership within Southern Maine Health Care, both organizations and their medical staffs have been working closely together to develop integrated services and operations which will enhance patient care, control the cost of health care, and improve the health of people in the communities they serve.  The organizations will merge into Southern Maine Health Care on January 1, 2014.

About Southern Maine Medical Center

Southern Maine Medical Center (SMMC) is a national award-winning healthcare system, including an acute care medical center licensed for 150 beds in Biddeford, Maine, offering excellent clinical care and a multi-specialty physician services group with medical offices providing outpatient care located in Biddeford, Kennebunk, Old Orchard Beach and Saco. Non-emergency care is available without an appointment seven days a week at SMMC’s Walk-In Care center in Saco. SMMC is Joint Commission accredited, Pathway to Excellence designated, state-licensed, and is a member of Southern Maine Health Care and the MaineHealth system. To learn more visit www.smmc.org or @smmcHealth.

About Goodall Hospital
Goodall Hospital is a national award-winning community health system that includes a 58-bed acute care hospital in Sanford, Maine, four eldercare sites and services, and primary and specialty care services in Sanford, Kennebunk, and Waterboro.  Founded in 1928 by the Goodall family, the Hospital today offers state-of-the art health care services and serves as the primary health care resource for its community.  Goodall Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission, licensed by the state of Maine, and is a member of Southern Maine Health Care and the MaineHealth System.  To learn more, visit www.goodallhospital.org.

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Media Contacts:
Leslie Roberts
Southern Maine Medical Center
(207) 283-7232
lbroberts@smmc.org

Kristen Hill
Goodall Hospital
(207) 490-7034
khill@goodallhospital.org

SMMC & Goodall Hospital Work Together to Expand Cardiology Care in Sanford

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SMMC PrimeCare Physicians Cardiologist Shabbir Reza, M.D. F.A.C.C.

BIDDEFORD & SANFORD, Maine – July 17, 2013 – Southern Maine Medical Center (SMMC) and Goodall Hospital are expanding access to cardiology services to Sanford.  Beginning on July 23, SMMC PrimeCare Physicians Cardiologist Shabbir Reza, M.D. F.A.C.C. will be available for consults at the Goodall Medical Office Building located at 25A June Street in Sanford.

“As SMMC and Goodall Hospital prepare to merge as Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) on January 1, 2014, we are already working together to offer our patients more convenient access to high quality care,” said SMMC and SMHC President/CEO Ed McGeachey. “Dr. Reza is a board certified, fellowship trained cardiologist who has received the highest ratings from the National Committee for Quality Assurance and Bridges to Excellence for heart and stroke care.  Combining the strengths of Goodall Hospital and SMMC will ensure a healthier future for York County, and we’re pleased to offer patients in the Sanford/ Springvale area additional opportunities to receive the highest level of cardiac care.”

“An important benefit of expanding cardiology care in Sanford is that our patients can see a cardiologist without having to travel outside of the community,” added Goodall Hospital President/CEO Patsy Aprile.  “By working with SMMC, we have been able to provide greater access to important cardiac care close to home; which is one of the key goals of the SMHC merger.” 

Dr. Reza completed his residency and fellowship training in Cardiology at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, Connecticut. Reza is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine for Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease, the National Board of Echocardiography in Adult Echocardiography, and the Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology.

Patients may make an appointment with Dr. Reza through their primary care physician.

About Southern Maine Medical Center
Southern Maine Medical Center (SMMC) is a national award-winning healthcare system, including an acute care medical center licensed for 150 beds in Biddeford, Maine, offering excellent clinical care and a multi-specialty physician services group with medical offices providing outpatient care located in Biddeford, Kennebunk, Old Orchard Beach and Saco. Non-emergency care is available without an appointment seven days a week at SMMC’s Walk-In Care center in Saco. SMMC is Joint Commission accredited, Pathway to Excellence designated, state-licensed, and is a member of Southern Maine Health Care and the MaineHealth system. To learn more visit www.smmc.org or @smmcHealth.

About Goodall Hospital
Goodall Hospital is a national award-winning community health system that includes a 58-bed acute care hospital in Sanford, Maine, four eldercare sites and services, and primary and specialty care services in Sanford, Kennebunk, and Waterboro.  Founded in 1928 by the Goodall family, the Hospital today offers state-of-the art health care services and serves as the primary health care resource for its community.  Goodall Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission, licensed by the state of Maine, and is a member of Southern Maine Health Care and the MaineHealth System.  To learn more, visit www.goodallhospital.org.

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Southern Maine Medical Center and Goodall Hospital Awarded an “A” for Patient Safety by Hospital Safety Score

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Maine Ranked First in the Nation for Hospital Safety

BIDDEFORD & SANFORD, Maine – May 13, 2013 – Goodall Hospital and Southern Maine Medical Center (SMMC) are pleased to announce that they have both been honored with an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The A score was awarded in the latest update to the Hospital Safety ScoreSM, the A, B, C, D or F scores assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.

Of the 20 Maine hospitals surveyed by The Leapfrog Group, Goodall and SMMC were among 16 to receive the “A” ranking. The results put Maine first in the nation for hospital safety, followed by Massachusetts.

“Ensuring the well being of patients in our care is a top priority at Goodall,” said Goodall President and CEO Patsy Aprile. “Our staff is dedicated to providing high quality health care and we are gratified that The Leapfrog Group has recognized this commitment with an ‘A’ Hospital Safety Score rating for patient safety.”

“Patients entrust us with their health and safety when they choose SMMC,” said SMMC President and CEO Ed McGeachey. “Earning an ‘A’ Hospital Safety Score rating for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group is a testament to our commitment to provide excellent care, always.”

“Hospitals like Goodall and SMMC that earn an A have demonstrated their commitment to their patients and their community,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I congratulate Goodall and SMMC for their safety excellence, and look forward to the day when all hospitals will match this standard.”

To see Goodall Hospital’s and SMMC’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay. People can also check their local hospital’s score on the free mobile app, available at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors. The panel includes: John Birkmeyer (University of Michigan), Ashish Jha (Harvard University), Lucian Leape (Harvard University), Arnold Millstein (Stanford University), Peter Pronovost (Johns Hopkins University), Patrick Romano (University of California, Davis), Sara Singer (Harvard University), Tim Vogus (Vanderbilt University), and Robert Wachter (University of California, San Francisco). 

About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org) is a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality, and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders, and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.

About Goodall Hospital
Goodall Hospital is a national award-winning community health system that includes a 58-bed acute care hospital in Sanford, Maine, four eldercare sites and services, and primary and specialty care services in Sanford, Kennebunk, and Waterboro.  Founded in 1928 by the Goodall family, the Hospital today offers state-of-the art health care services and serves as the primary health care resource for its community.  Goodall Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission, licensed by the state of Maine, and is a member of Southern Maine Health Care and the MaineHealth System. To learn more, visit www.goodallhospital.org.

About Southern Maine Medical Center
Southern Maine Medical Center (SMMC) is a national award-winning healthcare system, including an acute care medical center licensed for 150 beds in Biddeford, Maine, offering excellent clinical care and a multi-specialty physician services group with medical offices providing outpatient care located in Biddeford, Kennebunk, Old Orchard Beach and Saco. Non-emergency care is available without an appointment seven days a week at SMMC’s Walk-In Care center in Saco. SMMC is Joint Commission accredited, Pathway to Excellence designated, state-licensed, and is a member of Southern Maine Health Care and the MaineHealth system. To learn more visit www.smmc.org or @smmcHealth.

 

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Media Contacts:
Kristen Hill
Goodall Hospital
khill@goodallhospital.org
(207) 490-7034

Leslie Roberts
Southern Maine Medical Center
lbroberts@smmc.org
(207) 283-7232