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Adams Memorial Hospital has been named as one of the top 100 critical care access hospitals in the United States, according to information released Wednesday at the National Rural Health Association’s Critical Access Hospital Conference being held in Kansas City, Missouri.
Adams Health Network President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Nordwick delivered the news to the AHN board of trustees Wednesday night at their monthly meeting, saying “this is truly something we can all be really proud of.”
There are a total of 1,750 rural hospitals in the United States as defined by the government, and 1,327 of them, including Adams Memorial Hospital, have been designated as critical care access facilities.
Nordwick said there are 35 such designated hospitals in Indiana. AMH was one of four honored in the top 100 list. The other three Hoosier health care facilities honored were Decatur County Hospital in Greensburg, Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville, and Tipton County Hospital in Tipton.
“This is a reflection of the good work done at our hospital by our staff. We make continual efforts to improve patient services and I think this recognition goes a long way to support what is being done here,” Nordwick said.
He said the NRHA partnered with IVantage Health Analystics, a privately-held healthcare business intelligence and technology company, to evaluate hospitals across the country. Using that information, the NHRA then tabbed its top 100 hospitals in the country using what they called a Hospital Strength Index.
The Index reflected the multiple challenges of operating a rural hospital, including:
• Market strength, which includes competitive strength, intensity, size and growth factors.
• Value-based strength which includes quality, outcomes, patient perspectives and cost and charge indicators.
• Financial strength which includes income statement and balance sheet ratios that is most predictive of long-term sustainability.
Nordwick said the Index "offers hospital executives and trustees an objective way to measure their relative performance against peer facilities in 56 different categories and is the most comprehensive tool on the market today.”
By definition of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, a critical access hospital must be located in a rural area, maintain no more than 25 inpatient beds, maintain an annual average length of stay of 96 hours or less for acute inpatient care, has been certified by the state as a critical access hospital, and provides 24-hour-a-day emergency care services.
Prior to being certified as a critical access facility, Adams Memorial Hospital was licensed as a general hospital by the Indiana State Department of Health.
The award is the second national honor this year to be bestowed upon the Adams Health Network. Earlier, the hospital was selected by MedAssets, a national group purchasing organization, for having one of the best spending management programs in hospitals across the United States.