AUGUSTA — A survey is giving Maine’s rural hospitals high marks.

Nine of 22 hospitals on the Leapfrog Group’s 2013 Top Rural Hospitals list released this week were in Maine. All told, more than 200 rural hospitals nationwide were part of the survey.

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The Top Hospitals designation recognizes hospitals that prevent medical errors, reduce mortality for high-risk procedures like heart bypass surgery, and reduce hospital readmissions.

The nine Maine hospitals are Blue Hill Memorial Hospital; Calais Regional Hospital; Houlton Regional Hospital; Charles A. Dean Memorial Hospital, Greenville; Down East Community Hospital, Machias; Inland Hospital, Waterville; LincolnHealth’s Miles Campus, Damariscotta; Sebasticook Valley Health, Pittsfield; and Stephens Memorial Hospital, Norway.