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Six Banner Health hospitals named top performers


Washakie Medical Center ranks among top quarter of hospitals
WORLAND, WY (Nov. 21, 2013) – As part of National Rural Health Day on Nov. 21, the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health highlighted the accomplishment of Washakie Medical Center being named a HealthStrong™ Award winner by iVantage Health Analytics.

The awards are based on a national ratings program that ranks 4,400 general acute care hospitals including the 1,300 critical access hospitals. iVantage Health evaluates 56 different performance metrics in areas of competitiveness and market strength, quality of care, patient satisfaction and financial strength. They were announced at the annual meeting of National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health in October.

Washakie Medical Center was ranked in the top quartile among all hospitals – acute care and rural facilities – for Overall Excellence.

“These awards demonstrate that our physicians and staff members consistently provide the highest quality and compassionate care to every patient that visits our hospital,” said Margie Molitor, chief executive officer of Washakie Medical Center.

Washakie Medical Center has received two other designations this year for quality and performance. In September, the hospital earned the Hospital Quality Award from Mountain-Pacific Quality Health during the Wyoming Hospital Association convention. In addition, the hospital was named a HealthStrongTM Top 100 Critical Access Hospital in the United States by iVantage Health in March.

In addition to Washakie Medical Center, five other Banner Health facilities were named HealthStrong™ Award winners: East Morgan County Hospital in Brush, CO, Community Hospital in Torrington, WY, Ogallala Community Hospital in Ogallala, NE, Platte County Memorial Hospital in Wheatland, WY, and Page Hospital in Page, AZ.

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Washakie Medical Center is a county-owned hospital in Worland, WY, operated by Banner Health, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit healthcare systems with 24 hospitals in seven states. The hospital offers expanding technology to meet the needs of the Big Horn Basin residents. For more information, visit

Headquartered in Phoenix, Banner Health is one of the largest, nonprofit health care systems in the country. The system manages 24 acute-care hospitals, the Banner Health Network and Banner Medical Group, long-term care centers, outpatient surgery centers and an array of other services including family clinics, home care and hospice services, and a nursing registry. Banner Health is in seven states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming. For more information, visit

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