Grinnell Regional Medical Center earned two awards during the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health conference. GRMC was recognized by iVantage Health Analytics as a HealthStrong Award winner for both Excellence in Patient Satisfaction and Excellence in Quality, reflecting top quartile performance among all acute care hospitals in the nation.
Winning hospital names were released on National Rural Health Day, Nov. 21, 2013. Iowa had 63 hospitals recognized for reaching the top quartile performance status in Quality, Outcomes, Patient Satisfaction, Efficiency, and Overall Performance.
"Rural hospitals like Grinnell Regional Medical Center are being recognized for bringing together the best in quality of care with the home-town compassion that comes from caring for friends and neighbors. We're very pleased to be considered a leader in America's rural hospitals," says Bill Menner, GRMC Board of Directors chair.
The National Organization of State Office of Rural Health partnered with iVantage Health to create the HealthStrong Award. The HealthStrong Awards are based on The Hospital Strength Index, a national ratings program developed by iVantage to recognize top performing hospitals based on key metrics critical to success in the new healthcare marketplace. The Hospital Strength Index ranks all 4,400+ U.S. general acute care hospitals, including the 1,300+ Critical Access Hospitals. The Index is based on eight performance categories, measuring 56 different performance metrics. The Index offers hospital executives, trustees, and boards of directors an objective way to measure their relative performance internally and among their peers.
Small and rural hospitals play a critical role in providing efficient and effective healthcare that is comparable to its larger urban counterparts. "Rural hospitals have new and difficult demands that can only be managed with better information. The Hospital Strength Index reflects the multiple challenges of running a hospital by incorporating the measures on which the industry has worked to gain consensus and standardization," said John Morrow, executive vice president of iVantage Health Analytics, Inc.