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BELFAST — Waldo County General Hospital is one of just 18 hospitals nationally and the only one in Maine to be named a top rural hospital by The Leapfrog Group, an independent watchdog organization. It is the second consecutive year that WCGH has been named a top rural hospital.

WCGH Chief Medical Officer Kent Clark, MD, said, “This award is a testament to our entire staff and their dedication to providing high-quality, patient-centered care on a daily basis.

“Regardless of their role, each member of our team takes tremendous pride in providing outstanding service to our patients, their families, and our community. I’m proud of our entire staff and their continued commitment to our organization and mission.”

The Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive. Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered, including infection rates, maternity care and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication errors. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology.

“We are pleased to recognize Waldo County General Hospital as a 2019 Leapfrog Top Hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “This demonstrates extraordinary dedication to patients and to the Waldo County community. We congratulate the board, staff and clinicians whose efforts made this honor possible and know they share pride in this achievement.”

To qualify for the top hospitals distinction, hospitals must submit a Leapfrog Hospital Survey and achieve highest performance in its category. The selection of top hospitals for 2019 is based on surveys from nearly 1,900 hospitals. To see the full list of institutions honored as 2019 Top Hospitals, visit

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