Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, The Aroostook Medical Center in Presque Isle was named a Top Rural Hospital by The Leapfrog Group.


The Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive. The Top Hospital designation is awarded by The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog organization.

“It is satisfying to be recognized on a national level for the work we are doing every day for the safe, highly reliable care of our patients,” said Jay Reynolds, MD, chief medical officer at TAMC. “We are one of only 18 rural hospitals selected from across the country for this top honor.  While receiving an award such as this is certainly nice, it is what the award represents…the quality of the work we do here every day…that is truly meaningful.  A recognition such as this validates what we are accomplishing as a healthcare organization.”

One of the standards that must be met is an “A” rating in the current Leapfrog Hospital Safety grade.  Not only did TAMC earn an A safety rating in the fall 2017 listing, but the hospital regularly earns that grade each spring and fall when a new scorecard is released.

“Overall, people from The County and from across Maine can take satisfaction in the fact that Maine is consistently home to the highest number of hospitals recognized with this Top Rural Hospital status each year,” said Dr. Reynolds.

Seven of this year’s 18 Top Rural Hospitals are in Maine.  While TAMC is the only one in Aroostook County, it is joined in this honor by two other member hospitals in the EMHS family, Blue Hill Memorial Hospital and Inland Hospital in Waterville.

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