New Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S., were announced recently by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog.

Pen Bay Medical Center was one of 844 hospitals to receive an “A,” ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States. This continues Pen Bay Medical Center’s designation as a “Straight A’s” hospital for never receiving a grade lower than an “A” from the Hospital Safety Grade since first launched in June 2012. There are only 72 hospitals nationwide with this designation.

Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

To see Pen Bay Medical Center’s full grade, and to access consumer-friendly patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org.