Pen Bay Medical Center was recognized 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. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety (April 2013), Hospital Safety Score is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.

This is Pen Bay’s third consecutive A score and places Maine as first in the nation for hospital safety. Pen Bay Medical Center was among 16 to receive an A ranking of the 20 Maine hospitals surveyed by The Leapfrog Group.

“I am pleased that Pen Bay Medical Center has once again earned an A Rating in Patient Safety,” said president and CEO Wade C. Johnson, FACHE, in a news release. “I commend the Pen Bay team for its excellent performance in this vital aspect of patient-centered care, and I am grateful to these professionals for their continued commitment to providing exceptional healthcare to our community.”

“Earning an A on the Hospital Safety Score demonstrates that this hospital has exhibited excellence in our national database of patient safety measures,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I’d like to congratulate Pen Bay Medical Center for your achievements and encourage you to continue to put a priority on the safety of your patients.”

To see Pen Bay Medical Center’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at hospitalsafetyscore.org, which provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay. Local hospitals’ scores are also available on the free mobile app, available at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s eight-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.