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Howard Memorial Receives National Recognition

Howard Memorial Hospital Receives National Recognition for Performance Leadership in Outcomes and Patient Perspectives

Nashville, AR, November 16, 2017 – Today, on National Rural Health Day, Howard Memorial Hospital announced 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 Performance Leadership, reflecting top quartile performance among all rural hospitals in the nation.

“I am so pleased to receive this recognition on behalf of the staff at Howard Memorial Hospital who made it possible”, says Debra Wright, MSBA, RN, and Chief Executive Officer. Serving rural communities can be very challenging but it does not mean that rural hospitals have to sacrifice quality of care or patient satisfaction as we strive to provide excellence to our patients. This external recognition for overall excellence in Performance Leadership provides evidence that Howard Memorial is working diligently to achieve our mission, Improving the Health of the Communities We Serve. I would like to say “Thank You” to everyone responsible for doing so, says Wright.

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.

“On this important day, 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.”