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). Those facilities include three hospitals with ties to MercyOne:
MercyOne Elkader Medical Center in Elkader scored best among CAHs for Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals in Overall Performance. The top 20 CAHs achieved success in this category based on a composite rating from eight indices of strength: inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspective, cost, charge, and financial efficiency. This group was selected from the Chartis Center for Rural Health’s 2021 top 100 CAH list, which was released earlier this year.
Kossuth Regional Health Center in Algona and Monroe County Hospitals & Clinics in Albia – both affiliates of MercyOne – scored best among CAHs for Best Practice Recipients – Patient Satisfaction. The top 20 CAH best practice recipients have achieved success in one of two key areas of performance: Quality index: A rating of hospital performance based on the percentile rank across rural-relevant process of care measures; and Patient perspective index: A rating of hospital performance based on the percentile rank across all 10 HCAHPS domains.
An awards ceremony will be held during NRHA’s Critical Access Hospital Conference in September in Kansas City.
MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center has also been named to the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals list. This is the second consecutive year MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center has been recognized with this honor as one of the top performing hospitals in the U.S. The annual list was published today by Fortune.
IBM Watson Health has identified the top hospitals from a rigorous evaluation of 2,675 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals in the U.S. The annual list recognizes excellence in clinical outcomes, operational efficiency, patient experience, and financial health. IBM Watson Health established the list to help identify best practices that may help other health care organizations achieve consistent, balanced, and sustainable high performance. This year’s ranking of top hospitals also introduces a measure of hospitals’ contributions to community health with a focus on equity.
This recognition demonstrates MercyOne’s ongoing and passionate commitment to patient-centered care. According to IBM Watson Health, as compared to similar hospitals, the hospitals included on the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals list had better results on key clinical and operational performance indicators. These include survival rates, patient complications, health care associated infections, 30-day mortality and 30-day hospital-wide readmission rates, length of stay, throughput in emergency departments, inpatient expenses, profitability and ratings from patients.