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East Morgan County Hospital earns honor for quality


BRUSH, CO (Dec. 3, 2013) – East Morgan County Hospital is one of 22 Top Rural Hospitals in the country according to a national organization that evaluates performance measures from hospitals across the country.

The Leapfrog Group made the announcement at the organization’s annual meeting Dec. 3 in Arlington, VA.

“This award looks at all aspects of the business including how we care for the patient, how well the patient does after his or her stay, how efficiently we can do our job and how we implement ideas to continually improve,” said Linda Thorpe, chief executive officer of East Morgan County Hospital. “I’m proud of our team and of the staff members in our Quality department whose job it is to compile accurate data for these types of reviews.”

East Morgan County Hospital was selected as a Top Hospital out of a record number of 1,324 hospitals participating in The Leapfrog Group’s annual survey. The list includes 22 Top Rural Hospitals, 55 Top Urban Hospitals and 13 Top Children’s Hospitals. Another Banner Health facility, Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center in Sun City West, AZ, was listed as one of the Top Urban Hospitals.

Hospitals reaching this achievement include academic medical centers, teaching hospitals, children’s hospitals, and community hospitals in rural, suburban and urban settings. The selection is based on the results of The Leapfrog Group’s annual hospital survey, which measures hospitals’ performance on patient safety and quality, focusing on three critical areas of hospital care: how patients fare, resource use, and management structures in place to prevent errors.  The results of the survey are posted publicly at

In November, East Morgan County Hospital was named a HealthStrong™ Award winner for Excellence in Patient Satisfaction and Efficiency by iVantage Health Analytics. That national award ranked EMCH in the top quartile of 4,400 acute care hospitals across the country including 1,300 critical access hospitals.

About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group ( is a national organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality, and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders, and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.

About East Morgan County Hospital
East Morgan County Hospital is operated by Banner Health, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit healthcare systems with 24 hospitals in seven states. East Morgan is a 25-bed critical access hospital that opened in 1967. The hospital offers inpatient and outpatient diagnostic services, cancer care, emergency care, intensive care with Banner iCareTM technology, medical imaging and the state-of-the-art Alonzo Petteys Rehabilitation Center. For more information, visit

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