Top Safety Score Reflects Decrease in Colon Surgical Site Infections


(Bangor, Maine) – Patients deserve the safest environment for their care, and it is comforting to know this level of care is available locally. Eastern Maine Medical Center recently received an “A” in safety from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit that evaluates US hospitals on preventable errors, infections, and more.
The Hospital Safety ScoreSM is compiled using publically reported data submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). One of the 27 quality metrics evaluated in the survey is whether patients develop infections after colon surgery.
For several years, Eastern Maine Medical Center has worked to decrease infections from colon surgery. By training care teams to recognize areas of concern and intervening early to prevent infections, Eastern Maine Medical Center’s surgical site infection rate for colon surgery has dropped to less than half the national average. Surgical teams use best practices in place at nationally-recognized hospitals to improve care provided before, during, and after the procedure.
"Our physicians, nurses, and staff are committed to improving upon our current high standards,” says James Jarvis, MD, FAAFP, interim senior vice president and chief medical officer at Eastern Maine Medical Center. “We know it takes vigilance and consistency to maintain a culture of safety. By putting new ideas into action, such as safety time-outs before each surgery, we limit surgical site infections and serious complications after surgery.”
Eastern Maine Medical Center is one of only eleven hospitals in Maine to receive a top score. The medical center joins other EMHS member organizations awarded the top score: Inland Hospital, Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, Mercy Hospital, and The Aroostook Medical Center.