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Illinois Critical Access Hospitals Receive National Recognition for Performance Leadership

In observance of National Rural Health Day 2017, The Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN) is proud to recognize the innovation, quality of care, and dedication of health professionals and volunteers in our communities. As part of this recognition, the Chartis Center for Rural Health/iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health (NOSORH) have announced overall excellence rankings, reflecting top quartile performance among all rural hospitals in the nation. Thirty-two ICAHN member hospitals were recognized for excellence in either quality, outcomes and/or patient satisfaction.

“As we celebrate the power of rural on National Rural Health Day, 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.”

Small, rural and critical access hospitals achieving the “Excellence in Quality” designation include Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Lincoln; Advocate Eureka Hospital, Eureka; Graham Hospital Association, Canton; Hopedale Medical Complex, Hopedale; Mason District Hospital, Havana; Mercy Harvard Hospital, Harvard; Paris Community Hospital, Paris; Taylorville Memorial Hospital, Taylorville; Valley West Community Hospital, Sandwich; and Wabash General Hospital, Mt. Carmel.

Small, rural and critical access hospitals achieving the “Excellence in Outcomes” designation include Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Lincoln; Advocate Eureka Hospital, Eureka; Carlinville Area Hospital, Carlinville; Hopedale Medical Complex, Hopedale; Memorial Hospital, Carthage; OSF Holy Family Medical Center, Monmouth; OSF Saint Paul Medical Center, Mendota; and Sarah D. Culbertson Memorial Hospital, Rushville.

Small, rural and critical access hospitals achieving the “Excellence in Outcomes” designation include Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Lincoln; Advocate Eureka Hospital, Eureka; Carlinville Area Hospital, Carlinville; Hopedale Medical Complex, Hopedale; Memorial Hospital, Carthage; OSF Holy Family Medical Center, Monmouth; OSF Saint Paul Medical Center, Mendota; and Sarah D. Culbertson Memorial Hospital, Rushville.

Small, rural and critical access hospitals achieving the “Excellence in Patient Satisfaction” designation include Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Lincoln; Advocate Eureka Hospital, Eureka; Carlinville Area Hospital, Carlinville; Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center, Hoopeston; Crawford Memorial Hospital, Robinson; Fayette County Hospital, Vandalia; Franklin Hospital, Benton; Genesis Medical Center, Aledo; Hammond Henry Hospital, Geneseo; Hillsboro Area Hospital, Hillsboro; Hopedale Medical Complex, Hopedale; Kirby Medical Center, Monticello; Mason District Hospital, Havana; Massac Memorial Hospital, Metropolis; Memorial Hospital, Carthage; OSF Holy Family Medical Center, Monmouth; OSF Saint Luke Medical Center, Kewanee; OSF Saint Paul Medical Center, Mendota; Paris Community Hospital, Paris; Rochelle Community Hospital, Rochelle; Salem Township Hospital, Salem; Sparta Community Hospital, Sparta; St. Francis Hospital, Litchfield; St. Joseph’s Hospital, Highland; St. Joseph’s Memorial Hospital, Murphysboro; Union County Hospital, Anna; Valley West Community Hospital, Sandwich; and Wabash General Hospital, Mt. Carmel.

Other small and rural Illinois hospitals recognized for “Excellence in Quality” were Greenville Regional Hospital, Greenville; Illinois Valley Community Hospital, Peru; Saint James Hospital, Pontiac; and St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, Effingham.

Other small and rural Illinois hospitals recognized for “Excellence in Outcomes were CGH Medical Center, Sterling; Greenville Regional Hospital, Greenville; Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital, Dixon; McDonough District Hospital, Macomb; Morris Hospital and Healthcare Centers; Saint James Hospital, Pontiac; and St. Joseph’s Hospital, Breese.

Other small and rural Illinois hospitals recognized for “Excellence in Patient Perspectives” were St. Joseph’s Hospital, Breese, and St. Margaret’s Hospital, Spring Valley.

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.

Larry Hocking Joins WGH Foundation Board

Wabash General Hospital Board of Directors, Foundation Board, and Administration would like to welcome Larry Hocking as the newest member of the Foundation Board. Mr. Hocking, his wife, Carolyn, and two sons have been farming in Wabash County for 48 years.

The Wabash General Hospital Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, whose sole purpose is to support Wabash General Hospital. This past year, the Foundation approved the purchase of a new telephone system and waiting room furniture for the hospital and the outlying offices. The Foundation also approved the purchase of gas cards for chronic care patients. The WGH Foundation raises funds through donations and bequests. The WGH Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation, so your gifts are tax deductible. If you would like to support Wabash General Hospital’s Foundation, please contact Jay Purvis at 618-263-6302.

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