November 16th is National Rural Health Day. In honor of this day, Iowa Specialty Hospitals & Clincis is proud to announce that it has been recognized by The Chartis Center for Rural Health/iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in reflecting top quartile performance among all rural hospitals in the nation. Iowa Specialty Hospital was specifically recognized in the areas of Outcomes, Quality, and Patient Perspective.
“This reflection of the top performance among all acute care hospitals in the nation is evident in the dedication of our employees to provide the best care to our patients,” said Steve Simonin, Iowa Specialty Hospital President and CEO. “It’s a team effort between staff and patients, and we’re thankful for those patients that choose us for their team.”
“We believe in setting the highest standards, and our staff consistently exceeds them,” added Amy McDaniel, Belmond CEO. “To say we’re proud of our facilities and employees would be an understatement. In the end, it’s always about our patients and making sure they have the best experiences and outcomes.”
The rankings are determined each year using iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX®, the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. In partnership with NOSORH, iVantage Health Analytics has developed a data-driven program designed to identify excellence across a broad spectrum of indicators relevant to hospital performance and patient care. The Hospital Strength INDEX captures performance metrics for all rural and Critical Access Hospitals. Leveraging data from public data sources, INDEX aggregates data from more than 50 individual metrics into three major categories and eight pillars to derive a single strength overall rating for each facility.
“As we celebrate the power of rural, it’s great to recognize these top performers who are excelling in managing risk, achieving higher quality, securing better outcomes, increasing patient satisfaction, or operating at a lower cost than their peers,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader of the Chartis Center for Rural Health. “These leaders serve as a benchmark for other rural facilities as they strive to achieve similar results and provide a blueprint for how to successfully run a hospital and serve their communities amidst today’s uncertainty and mounting pressures.”
The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) was established in 1995 to assist State Offices of Rural Health in their efforts to improve access to, and the quality of, health care for America’s 61 million rural citizens. NOSORH enhances the capacity of SORHs to do this by supporting the development of state and community rural health leaders; creating and facilitating state, regional and national partnerships that foster information sharing and spur rural health-related programs/activities; and enhancing access to quality healthcare services in rural communities.