FCH Receives Top 20 Award

The 20 highest-ranked critical access hospitals (CAHs) in the country, as determined by The Chartis Center for Rural Health, were recently announced by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA). Fillmore County Hospital was named one of those top 20 for their quality metrics. There are a total of 1,349 critical access hospitals across the nation considered for this award.
The determining factors for the Top 20 CAHs were identified through iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX, the most comprehensive and objective assessment of U.S rural and Critical Access Hospital performance based upon market, value-based and financial measures. All hospitals in the INDEX study are evaluated across rural-relevant Process of Care measures (including Emergency Department, Influenza immunization and Outpatient metrics.) For example, measures included things like: How long does it take for us to admit a patient to the hospital once the provider in ER decided admission is needed? Are we giving heart attack patients an aspirin at arrival, and how long does it take for us to do an EKG? All of these things are indicators of excellent emergency care. FCH providers, paramedics and nursing staff strive to give this level of care with each ER visit.
Another measure that was taken into account is the rate of Influenza Immunization for our staff; this is an important step to decrease the chances that patients could be infected by a caregivers. FCH staff exceeds in this area with 99% of their staff receiving a flu shot.
Each hospital’s performance across these indicators is aggregated and ranked against rural peers nationally. The Top 20 CAHs are recognized for the outstanding quality they deliver to their patients. The state of Nebraska does exceptionally well in quality metrics – five of the twenty critical access hospitals that received this same award were Nebraska hospitals. Besides Fillmore County Hospital, the other four were located in St. Paul, Falls City, Plainview and Central City.
For receiving this prestigious national award, Fillmore County Hospital has been invited to the National Rural Health Association’s National Critical Access Hospital Conference in Kansas City on September 20, to receive their award. Hospital CEO Chris Nichols comments, “We are honored and humbled by this achievement. To be recognized as one of the top hospitals for quality of care in Nebraska, let alone the nation, is special. We intentionally put a lot of our effort and resources into making our care experience the best it can be, and it’s a continuous process. It’s a gift to the entire FCH staff to see some recognition for all of our efforts. We plan to celebrate this award throughout the year in various ways.”