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St. Mary’s Earned ‘Straight A’s’ for Patient Safety from Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Score

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, Maine has been recognized for its dedication to patient safety by being awarded an A grade in the Fall 2015 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections within the hospital. St. Mary’s is also being recognized as a “Straight A’s” hospital for never receiving a grade lower than an A from the Hospital Safety Score since the Score first launched in June 2012—a tremendous achievement.


An “A” grade is one of the most meaningful honors a hospital can achieve, and one of the most valuable indicators for patients looking for a safe place to receive care. The Hospital Safety Score is the gold standard rating for patient safety, compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading patient safety experts and administered by The Leapfrog Group, a national, independent nonprofit. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Hospital Safety Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

“Patient safety and providing excellent care are priorities for providers and staff at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center,” said Christopher Chekouras, President and CEO of the hospital. “Their continued dedication and hard work have elevated our safety scores leading to the best safety and quality experience for our patients.”

“St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center is one of only 133 hospitals in the country to have achieved Straight A’s from the Hospital Safety Score since 2012,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score. “I commend you for your consistency in putting your patients first, and urge your continued vigilance in keeping your patients safe.”

Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single A, B, C, D, or F score, representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in October 2015, with 773 hospitals receiving an A grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, offering a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades on the website. Now, for the first time, patients can also review their hospital’s past safety performance alongside its current grade on the Hospital Safety Score site, allowing them to determine which local hospitals have the best track record in patient safety and which have demonstrated consistent improvement.

To see St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center’s full score, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit or follow The Hospital Safety Score on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Hospital Safety Score mobile app for Apple and Android devices.

St. Mary’s Recognized for Efforts to Prevent the Flu

Thursday, November 8th, 2012


St. Mary's Regional Medical Center Recognized for Efforts to Prevent the Flu - 93 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, Maine

Staff at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston accepts a recognition plaque from the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 85 percent of the hospital’s employees received a flu vaccination during the 2011-2012 influenza season.

Health care personnel are the first line of defense in diagnosing, treating, and preventing the spread of influenza. The Maine CDC and St. Mary’s support all efforts to ensure the health care personnel are kept safe and healthy, so they can do their important jobs. Vaccination of all healthcare workers protects vulnerable patients against the flu and is an important component of a patient safety program.

St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center Awarded an “A” for Patient Safety

Thursday, June 14th, 2012


Washington, DC, June 12, 2012 St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, Maine was honored with an “A” Hospital Safety ScoreSM by The Leapfrog Group. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The Hospital Safety ScoreSMwas calculated under the guidance of the group’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections. U.S. hospitals were assigned an A, B, C, D, or F for their safety.

“We are pleased to be recognized for this significant achievement,” said Lee Myles, President and CEO of St. Mary’s Health System. “This could not have been accomplished without the support of our Board of Directors and all staff who have been so diligent in following safety protocols, keeping our patients health a number one priority.” 

“It’s The Leapfrog Group’s goal to give patients the information they need and deserve before even entering a hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the hospitals that earned an ‘A’ and we look forward to the day when all hospitals in the U.S. will earn the highest scores for putting patient safety first.”

To see St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit, the Hospital Safety

ScoreSM website, which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay.