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Memorial Hospital Earns Top 10 Honors in Quality

Published on December 27, 2018
Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce it is the recipient of a 2018 Rural Provider Excellence in Quality Award from the Nebraska Office of Rural Health. Presented during the recent Nebraska Critical Access Hospitals Conference on Quality, the Rural Provider Excellence in Quality Award honors top 10 overall performance among Nebraska’s Critical Access Hospitals in the area of Quality.
“Being one of only 10 critical access hospitals in the state to receive an Excellence in Quality Award is extremely gratifying and is a tribute to every member of our organization,” stated Diane Keller, CEO of Memorial Community Health.  “We know that earning a reputation for excellence takes dedication, perseverance, and team effort – and it’s so important that we focus on this each and every day.” 
The Rural Provider Excellence in Quality Award is based on analysis of Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP) measures for all of Nebraska’s Critical Access Hospitals. The analysis was conducted by The Chartis Center for Rural Health utilizing iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX® framework. The INDEX is rural healthcare’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural provider performance and the data foundation for several national rural recognition programs, advocacy efforts and legislative initiatives.
"Quality is such a vital component of the care process and we established the Rural Provider Excellence in Quality Award as a way to honor the ability of our Critical Access Hospitals to deliver outstanding quality to their communities,” said Nancy Jo Hansen, Flex and SHIP Program Manager, Nebraska Department of Health. “The 10 hospitals recognized with this 2018 award have set a benchmark which I am sure other Critical Access Hospitals in Nebraska will work diligently to reach – and surpass.”
“For years, rural hospitals have been tracking a consistent body of data under MBQIP, reflecting quality, outcomes, safety and patient satisfaction,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader, The Chartis Center for Rural Health. “This exciting new state-level recognition program – the first of its kind in the country to utilize INDEX – celebrates the efforts of the very best Critical Access Hospitals in Nebraska.”
About Memorial Hospital
Memorial Community Health offers residents of central Nebraska a diverse, modern health care system that includes three family medicine clinics, a critical access hospital, state-of-the-art surgery center, outpatient specialty and diagnostic services, independent and assisted living facilities, and a nursing home.  Previous recognitions include being named a Top 20 Critical Access Hospital in the country by the National Rural Health Association.  
2018 Rural Provider Excellence in Quality Award given to Memorial Hospital