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Providence St. Joseph Medical Center Merits Top 20 Best Practice Critical Access Hospital

June 03, 2014

(Polson, Montana)— The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) has announced that Providence St. Joseph Medical Center has merited a Top 20 Best Practices in Quality designation across all critical access hospitals (CAH) in the United States as determined by iVantage Health Analytics. The NRHA considers St. Joseph Medical Center to be an exemplar of best practices in all of rural healthcare.

The determining factors for the Top 20 CAHs were based on ten indices of strength including competitive strength, competitive intensity, market size and growth, population risk, cost, charge, quality, outcomes, patient perspectives, and financial stability.

In addition, 60 best practice designations were also given to facilities that have achieved success in one of three key areas of performance based on iVantage’s tabulation. St. Joseph Medical Center received its Top 20 Best Practice Critical Access Hospital Award for its quality index:  a rating of hospital performance based on the percentile rank across the five categories of Hospital Compare process of care measures.

“We are truly honored to be listed in the top 1% of critical access hospitals in the nation,” says James Kiser, Chief Executive of Providence St. Joseph Medical Center. “The comfort and health of our patients is our top priority. It is a testament to all of our caregivers for the quality of care they provide. This award confirms the strides we’ve made turning Providence St. Joseph Medical Center into one of the best rural hospitals in the country.”

“NRHA is committed to ensuring our members have the best information to manage their hospitals,” said Brock Slabach, NRHA membership services vice president. “In this era of transparency and accountability, NRHA is pleased to recognize the accomplishments of these hospitals.”

For more information, please contact: Landon Godfrey, PharmD, Director of Hospital Operations, at 406-883-7486.

About the National Rural Health Association: NRHA is a nonprofit organization working to improve the health and wellbeing of rural Americans and providing leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communications, education and research. NRHA membership is made up of 21,000 diverse individuals and organizations. For more information, visit RuralHealthWeb.org.

About iVantage Health Analytics: iVantage Health Analytics, Inc. is a privately held healthcare business intelligence and technology company. The company is a leading provider of information products serving an expansive healthcare industry. For more information, visit iVantageHealth.com.