MAINE - Despite steeper competition than ever, nine Maine locations have made a list of the nation's top rural hospitals.
The Leapfrog Group, a national rating agency, announced the recipients of the top hospital awards for 2013 just this week.
A complete list of the organizations being recognized here in the Pine Tree state:
Blue Hill Memorial Hospital (Blue Hill)
Calais Regional Hospital (Calais)
Charles A. Dean Memorial Hospital (Greenville)
Down East Community Hospital (Machias)
Houlton Regional Hospital (Houlton)
Inland Hospital (Waterville)
LincolnHealth (Miles Campus) (Damariscotta)
Sebasticook Valley Health (Pittsfield)
Stephens Memorial Hospital (Norway)
The list is compiled based upon judgements of various areas of quality and patient safety. This year's annoucement shows a positive trend in the state, as five hospitals made the list last year, while just one location was recognized in 2011.
Brittany joined the WVII/WFVX team in August 2012 and quickly found a home in the sports department, where she works as a reporter and weekend anchor. She is originally from Framingham, MA and graduated cum laude from Boston University with a Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism.
She's also the station's sideline reporter and has appeared on nationally broadcast UMaine football games, along with NESCom-aided productions of Husson Eagles' football and basketball games.
Before coming to Maine, she spent the summer of 2012 in London, working as an Olympic Correspondent for GoLocal Worcester. Previously, she was also the Boston Bruins and Hockey East intern for NESN. Adding to her intern experience, she worked on the nightly news magazine show "Chronicle" for WCVB.
She's a huge hockey fan who can usually be found around the Alfond. If she's not there, check the local football field sidelines, or the Cross Insurance Center during basketball games!