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Memorial Hospital Receives Excellence in Quality Award

Published on January 6, 2020
Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce it is the recipient of a 2019 Rural Provider Excellence in Quality Award from the Nebraska Office of Rural Health. Given annually at the Nebraska Critical Access Hospitals and Rural Health Clinics Conference on Quality, the Rural Provider Excellence in Quality Award recognizes Top 10 overall performance among Nebraska’s 64 Critical Access Hospitals.
“It’s an honor to be recognized as a Top 10 Critical Access Hospital for Quality in Nebraska for the second year in a row,” stated Diane Keller, CEO of Memorial Community Health.  “Our top priority is keeping the safety, health, and wellbeing of our patients first and foremost.  This award is a testament to the important work our staff does each and every day toward maintaining high standards of care across the board.  We know that quality care truly makes a difference in people’s lives.”
The Rural Provider Excellence in Quality Award is based on analysis of Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP) measures for all 64 Nebraska Critical Access Hospitals. The analysis is conducted by The Chartis Center for Rural Health utilizing iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX® framework. Celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2020, the INDEX is rural healthcare’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural provider performance and the data foundation for a number of industry-leading rural recognition programs and legislative initiatives.
“Across the state, our Critical Access Hospitals continue to deliver exceptional levels of quality to their communities. We’re delighted to be able to recognize the efforts of the top 10 hospitals, and shine a spotlight on the experiences and best practices these hospitals utilize to have such a positive impact on the care process,” said Nancy Jo Hansen, Flex and SHIP Program Manager, Nebraska Department of Health.
“The Chartis Center for Rural Health is thrilled to be able to partner with the Office of Rural Health in recognizing these top performers through this first-of-its-kind INDEX program,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader, The Chartis Center for Rural Health. “Collectively, Nebraska’s Critical Access Hospitals are among the best in the nation for Quality, performing at the 93rd percentile in our most recent INDEX data release.”
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For more details about The Chartis Center for Rural Health, please call Billy Balfour, at 207-245-6761 or email More information about the Hospital Strength INDEX can be found at