Mercy Hospital in Portland. Credit: Troy R. Bennett | BDN

Maine once again ranks among the top five states in the U.S. for hospital safety, according to the latest scores from the Leapfrog Group.

Leapfrog ranks hospital safety based on criteria that include infections, surgical errors, and proper practices to prevent errors.

Maine achieved its high ranking because 50 percent of hospitals evaluated achieved “A” grades. They include Northern Light Maine Coast, Inland, and Mercy Hospitals, and Maine General.

Maine returns to its position among the top five after slipping in the rankings last year.

This article appears through a media partnership with Maine Public.