Mount Desert Island Hospital has been named one of the 37 best hospitals in New England by health plan provider Harvard Pilgrim.
As a member of the prestigious Harvard Pilgrim Honor Roll, MDI Hospital is among an elite group of acute care hospitals in New England that scored in the top 25 percent of hospitals nationwide on a set of quality and patient experience measures.
The scores were from surveys conducted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Leapfrog Group, a non-profit organization that measures and reports hospital quality, safety and efficiency.
“The community hospitals and academic medical centers on our honor roll set an example for other hospitals to strive for because they consistently demonstrate high quality, safe, patient-centered care,” said Roberta Herman, M.D., Harvard Pilgrim’s Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer.
The 2008 Hospital Honor Roll includes 31 community hospitals and six academic medical centers across the region and includes 17 hospitals from Massachusetts, 13 from Maine, 4 from New Hampshire and 3 from Rhode Island.
Hospitals were evaluated on processes for caring for patients with heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and those having surgery. The results of patient surveys measuring patient hospital experiences were included. Leapfrog patient safety data includes results achieved in intensive care unit staffing, computerized physician order entry and adherence to safe practices.
“There are many ways that hospital quality is measured today, and MDI Hospital has consistently ranked among the best across the board,” said Hospital CEO and President Art Blank. In 2007 MDI Hospital was name the National Outstanding Rural Health Organization. Last year the Hospital received an unprecedented sixth consecutive award for Overall Patient Satisfaction. The Hospital has also ranked higher than the state and national average on measures of patient experience and processes of care.
“This honor is another recognition of our commitment to quality, from the delivery of treatments that are known to get the best results, to ensuring a safe and positive patient experience,” said Blank. “Our community should be proud of their Hospital and its exemplary standard of care.”