MONTROSE, CO: Making the announcement on Rural Health Day, Montrose Memorial Hospital (MMH) announced it has been awarded the Performance Leadership Award in Patient Outcomes for the second year in a row.
“This award focuses on patient outcomes over a three year period and places MMH in the top 1% of rural hospitals in the nation. It’s hard to rank anything at the hospital higher than good patient outcomes,” said Ron Courtney, Board Chair of MMH. “Our community is fortunate to have this great institution. The Board of Directors is so pleased to congratulate the entire team at MMH as well the independent physicians that make up our medical staff and are key in achieving these positive outcomes.”
MMH is the only hospital in the region to earn the award. Given by The Chartis Center for Rural Health/iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health, the award signifies the hospital’s excellence in patient outcomes. The recognition reflects MMH’s top quartile performance among all rural hospitals in the United States.
Patient Outcomes are determined by a number of factors including readmission rates for patients with heart failure or pneumonia, and also by assessing the hospital’s performance in handling severe patient cases. Compared to other rural hospitals, MMH had fewer mortalities than would be expected according to the risk assessment tool.
The award marks a banner year for the hospital, having previously been named a Top 100 Rural Community Hospital, Top 20 Rural Community Hospital and a High Performer in Knee Replacement Surgery by U.S. News & World Report earlier this year.
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.
“On this important day, as we celebrate the power of rural, 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.”
About Montrose Memorial Hospital (www.MontroseHospital.com)
Montrose Memorial Hospital is a 501(c)3 nonprofit healthcare system serving Montrose, San Miguel, Ouray, Gunnison, Delta, Hinsdale and San Juan counties. The health system offers a 75-bed hospital and an extensive range of inpatient & outpatient health care services, including cardiology, oncology, minimally invasive surgery, laboratory, medical imaging/radiology, Mountain View Therapy, Level III Trauma Center, Acute Rehabilitation Unit and the family birthing center. The health system partners with regional providers on joint ventures to meet local healthcare needs, including CareFlight air ambulance service, San Juan Cancer Center and Black Canyon Surgical Center. Montrose Memorial is the second-largest employer in Montrose County, with more than 700 employees and 100 physicians who represent 23 medical specialties. The hospital has received patient satisfaction ratings exceeding 90% since 2010.
The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) was established in 1995 to assist State Offices of Rural Health in their efforts to improve access to, and the quality of, health care for America’s 61 million rural citizens. NOSORH enhances the capacity of SORHs to do this by supporting the development of state and community rural health leaders; creating and facilitating state, regional and national partnerships that foster information sharing and spur rural health-related programs/activities; and enhancing access to quality healthcare services in rural communities.
About The Chartis Group
The Chartis Group (Chartis) is a comprehensive advisory and analytics services dedicated to the healthcare industry. Chartis provides strategic planning, value-based care, advanced performance, informatics and technology consulting services as well as leading-edge decision support tools to the country’s leading healthcare providers. The Chartis Center for Rural Health (CCRH) was formed in 2016 to offer tailored services, performance management solutions, research and education to rural hospitals and facilities. Learn more at Chartisrural.com.
About iVantage Health Analytics, a subsidiary of The Chartis Group
A subsidiary of The Chartis Group, iVantage Health Analytics (iVantage) is a leading provider of healthcare analytic and performance management analytic tools. Health system and hospital leadership teams across the country rely on the company’s software and services to deliver customized insights on clinical and financial performance, strategic planning, market assessment and payment optimization. iVantage’s analytics are the basis of continuing thought leadership and insight in the areas of healthcare policy and research.