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Three Banner hospitals in Top 100 critical access facilities


PHOENIX (May 7, 2014) – Three Banner Health hospitals have been named iVantage Healthstrong Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States.

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Page Hospital in Page, AZ, Ogallala Community Hospital in Ogallala, NE, and Washakie Medical Center in Worland, WY, are in the Top 100 out of more than 1,300 critical access hospitals in the country. This is the second year Ogallala and Washakie have received the recognition.

“I am pleased for the teams in Page, Ogallala and at Washakie that have dedicated themselves to providing the highest level of care day in and day out for our communities,” said Jim Ferando, Banner Health Western Region President.

The facilities scored in the Top 100 of Critical Access Hospitals on the iVantage Hospital Strength INDEX™. The INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive rating of U.S. acute care hospitals, and the only one to include the country’s 1,300 CAHs. The results recognize that the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals provide a safety net to communities across rural America – measuring them across 66 different performance metrics, including quality, outcomes, patient perspective, affordability, population risk and efficiency. The list of the top 100 Critical Access Hospitals and more information about the study can be found on the iVantage website.

As part of Banner Health, these three hospitals can adopt innovations and best practices that impact performance in the measured areas. These innovations and best practices are used in nearly all 24 of Banner Health’s hospitals from the largest facilities in Phoenix to the smallest hospital in Ogallala. They include:

  • An integrated electronic medical record and computerized provider order entry system. Banner Health’s hospitals have reached Stage 7 in the adoption of an electronic medical record which means the hospitals can prove the use of the electronic medical record improves patient care. The electronic medical record offers alerts for potential medication issues, monitoring that detects subtle, critical changes in patient condition and easier access to a patient’s chart by providers.
  • Banner iCareTM  technology that allows critical care specialists off site to monitor the most critical patients in the hospitals. Nearly all of Banner Health hospitals offer this in intensive care units or emergency departments. This is especially helpful in critical access hospitals that do not have critical care specialists. Through the use of televideo, the providers that are off site monitor the electronic medical record of a patient 24/7 for adverse trends. They can respond by contacting the hospital staff and deciding the best plan of care before the condition worsens. They also respond to requests for help from the bedside care team. The iCare team is in addition to the care provided at the bedside.
  • A team of health care quality professionals that reviews best practices based on evidence gathered from throughout the system and compares that to national standards. The team identifies ways to improve care and teaches those best care practices to all Banner Health providers. They constantly work to provide consistent, reliable, evidence-based care at all of the Banner hospitals.

“The resources that Banner Health brings to the table directly impact the quality of care we provide at the community level,” Ferando said. “The teams at each hospital then take those resources and use them every day to make sure each patient receives the best care possible.”

John Morrow, executive vice president of iVantage Health Analytics said these top 100 critical access hospitals exhibit a focused concern for their community benefits and needs, regardless of scale, reimbursement and people’s ability to pay.

About Banner Health
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.

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