Leapfrog Names First Ever Top State of the Decade for Patient Safety

December 7, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 7, 2021 – The Leapfrog Group, a national watchdog organization of employers and other purchasers focused on health care safety and quality, today honored the state of Maine with the Leapfrog Top State of the Decade for Patient Safety Award for unparalleled achievements in patient safety. 

The award recognizes the high percentage of Maine hospitals that consistently earn an “A” in Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grade program. The program awards an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” to hospitals based on how well they prevent errors, accidents, injuries, and infections. Maine has been the top-ranked state in percentage of “A” hospitals more times than any other state. The state has ranked first among states in nine of 20 Grade updates, and it has been ranked in the top five among states for an additional seven grade cycles.

“I am pleased and privileged to accept this award on behalf of the 1.3 million people from the state of Maine and the tens of thousands dedicated healthcare workers and administrators in our healthcare systems who have achieved excellence during some of the hardest times in our state’s history,” said Janet Mills, governor of Maine.

“No other state came close to Maine’s achievement when we looked at the data,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Receiving the highest percentage of ‘A’ graded hospitals many times over for a decade shows that patients are the priority in Maine. Thousands of lives would be saved every year if all states performed as well as Maine does.”

The award was presented to the 75th Governor of Maine, Janet Mills, at the 2021 Leapfrog Annual Meeting today.

See how Mainers are celebrating their achievement! 

Senator Susan Collins

Senator Angus King

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree


Central Maine Healthcare

Peter Hayes, Healthcare Purchaser Alliance for Maine

Ralph Johnson, The Leapfrog Group

"We at Northern Light Health are incredibly proud to be included in such a wonderful recognition for the state of Maine. This award helps validate our common purpose and provides inspiration to continue our journey to provide the highest quality, safest care every day in support of our promise to make healthcare work for the people of Maine.  Additionally, we offer a heartfelt congratulations to our healthcare colleagues throughout the state on an excellent achievement."


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