ROCKPORT— Pen Bay Medical Center has been named a Top Rural Hospital nationally by The Leapfrog Group. The award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive awards American hospitals can receive. The Top Hospital designation is bestowed by The Leapfrog Group, a national watchdog organization of employers and other purchasers, is recognized for its high standards for health care safety and quality.

“We are proud to be recognized by the Leapfrog Group as a 2021 Top Rural Hospital,” said Dr. Mark Fourré, president of PBMC. “Being selected as a top hospital is an honor and a testament to our commitment to providing safe, high-quality, patient-centered care.”

Over 2,200 hospitals were considered for the award. Among those, a total of 149 top hospitals nationwide were selected as Top Hospitals. The quality of patient care across many areas of hospital performance is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, surgery, maternity care, and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication and other errors. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology.

“We are pleased to recognize Pen Bay Medical Center as a Top Hospital this year,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Even with the continued strain of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pen Bay Medical Center has demonstrated an extraordinary dedication to excellent health care in the Rockport community. We congratulate the board, leadership, staff and clinicians who put their patients first.”

To see the full list of institutions honored as 2021 Top Hospitals, visit

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