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Waldo County General Hospital: one of 100 Great Community Hospitals in U.S.

Posted Aug. 29, 2012, at 10:16 a.m.

Waldo County General Hospital has received another national honor: being listed on Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the 100 Great Community Hospitals across the country.

In the introduction to the list, Kathleen Roney wrote, “Community hospitals are a critical component to the American healthcare continuum. These hospitals are often the anchors of health and employment within their communities, providing patients with top-quality care close to home. The following hospitals have demonstrated commitments to the health of their local population through clinical excellence, community involvement and various other efforts.”

Becker’s Hospital Review editorial team compiled the list, analyzing information, recognition and rankings from a variety of industry sources. The hospitals on the list include fewer than 550 patient beds and have minimal teaching programs.

The description of Waldo County General Hospital is “Waldo County Hospital has been serving the Belfast community for more than 110 years. The 25-bed hospital is a member of MaineHealth based in Portland, Maine. Earlier this year, the hospital received a $50,000 grant for a childhood obesity prevention program. Waldo County Hospital offers a variety of community benefit programs including MedAccess, a program that provides free medications to the uninsured and underinsured. According to the most recent data, the program provided approximately $2.2 million in free medications in 2009. In 2011, the hospital received a Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award from HealthGrades.”

Waldo County is the only hospital in Maine to make it onto the 100 great Community Hospital list and one of only seven in New England. The other six in New England include Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, Mass.; Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Mass.; Danbury (Conn.) Hospital, which is associated with Yale University School of Medicine; Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, Conn.; Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington, N.J. and The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, N.J.

Also on the list is Scripps Green Hospital in La Jolla, Calif., which offered one of San Diego’s first liver transplant programs and was one of the nation’s first hospitals to provide stem cell transplants.

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