July 12, 2012

BRIEFS: New doctor hired; MaineGeneral gets safety award

Morning Sentinel Staff

Schlager joins Sebasticook Valley Health

PITTSFIELD -- Sebasticook Valley Health recently announced that Dr. Robert J. Schlager has joined the organization as its chief medical officer. Schlager joined the medical staff at the Pittsfield hospital earlier this month.

Since 2007, Schlager had been the vice president of medical affairs at Calvert Memorial Hospital in Maryland. He has been a family medicine physician since 1978, according to a Sebasticook Valley Hospital news release. For more than 20 years, he was founder and president of Calvert Family Practice Associates, where he oversaw five health care providers treating about 12,000 patients, and was vice president and member of the board of directors of Calvert Healthcare Solutions. Schlager is also a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and a member of the American College of Physician Executives.

MaineGeneral receives "A" in safety, quality

MaineGeneral received an A -- the top rating -- from a national nonprofit group that tracks hospital safety, quality and affordability.

The Hospital Safety Score was developed by The Leapfrog Group using information from its survey of the nation's hospitals and publicly available data on medical and medication errors, patient injuries and infections. Hospitals were awarded an A, B, C, D or F. Only 26 percent of the 2,651 U.S. hospitals rated received an A, including 14 in Maine. Among the factors used in the scoring are complication rates from surgery, infection rates, success in preventing bed sores, falls and medication mistakes, IV blood line infection rates and the coverage by specialists in critical care units.

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