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Regional Health rural hospitals receive national recognition

Dec 28, 2016 08:00AM ● By MED Magazine
All four of Regional Health’s critical access hospitals have been recognized as 2016 top 
 performers, receiving national leadership awards for excellence in rural health care, some in multiple categories. The recognition was given by iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH).

The national ranking reflects top quartile performance among all rural acute-care hospitals in the nation.
“This level of award-winning performance from all four of our community-based hospitals is evidence of our commitment to our purpose of helping patients and communities live well,” said Brent Phillips, president and CEO of Regional Health. “I’m extremely proud of our dedicated physicians, caregivers, and our entire Regional Health team.”

The rankings were determined by the Hospital Strength INDEX, the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. The Hospital Strength INDEX captures performance metrics for all rural and critical-access hospitals in the nation.

Lead-Deadwood Regional Hospital performed in the top quartile nationally in all four categories by which the organizations are measured: quality, outcomes, patient satisfaction, and financial stability.

“We are very proud to be recognized nationally in all four areas of excellence,” said Mark Schmidt, president of Lead-Deadwood Regional Hospital and Market. “This award is a reflection of our dedication to our patients to provide the very best in medical care, but also our mission to improve the health of our community through safe, high-quality, and efficient services.”

Along with Lead-Deadwood Regional Hospital, three additional Regional Health rural hospitals were recognized as top national performers. Spearfish Regional Hospital delivered top performance recognition for financial stability, and Custer Regional Hospital was honored for patient satisfaction. Sturgis Regional Hospital was recognized in two categories―excellence in health care quality and outcomes.

“It’s rewarding to be recognized for the good work that our physicians and caregivers provide to our Sturgis-area patients and their families,” said Mark Schulte, president of Sturgis Regional Hospital and Market. “We take great pride in this award, as it showcases our commitment to providing safe, high quality care to achieve the right outcomes for our community.”

Regional Health continues to see growth in patient demand at its community-based hospital healing environments. In October, Custer Regional Hospital and Sturgis Regional Hospital broke ground on major new construction projects as part of Regional Health’s commitment to reinvest in caring environments and technology in the Dakota region.