10 Banner Health rural hospitals receive awards

November 18, 2016

PHOENIX – Ten Banner Health hospitals serving rural communities have been recognized as top performers by iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health. The announcement coincided with National Rural Health Day Thursday, Nov. 17.

The recognitions highlight hospitals that rank in the top quarter of all rural hospitals in four categories: Financial, Patient Perception, Quality and Outcomes determined by the analytics company through data that is publically reported.

The following hospitals received honors: 

  • Banner Churchill Community Hospital, Fallon, Nev. – Quality
  • Banner Lassen Memorial Hospital, Susanville, Calif. – Outcomes
  • Banner Payson Medical Center, Payson, Ariz. – Financial Strength, Quality, Outcomes
  • Community Hospital, Torrington, Wyo. – Quality, Financial Strength, Patient Perspective
  • East Morgan County Hospital, Brush, Colo. – Quality, Patient Perspective, Outcomes
  • Ogallala Community Hospital, Ogallala, Neb. – Quality
  • Page Hospital, Page, Ariz. – Outcomes
  • Platte County Memorial Hospital, Wheatland, Wyo. – Quality
  • Sterling Regional MedCenter, Sterling, Colo. -- Outcomes
  • Washakie Medical Center, Worland, Wyo. – Quality.

Becky Kuhn, executive vice president for community delivery in Banner Health, recognized the team effort behind these awards.

“From the support provided by Banner Health to lead clinical research and drive the best in quality care to the individual contributors who care for patients every day in our hospitals, we are honored to be recognized for the accomplishments,” Kuhn said.

These rankings have been determined by the Hospital Strength INDEX®, a comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. In partnership with the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health, iVantage Health Analytics has developed a data-driven program designed to identify excellence across a number of factors related to hospital performance and patient care. The Hospital Strength INDEX captures performance information for all rural and critical access hospitals. 

“These top quartile performers should take great pride in this recognition. It showcases their commitment to continuous performance analysis and improvement. On this occasion of National Rural Health Day, it’s an honor to celebrate their achievement as they continue to serve their communities despite the many market, regulatory and financial pressures they face.” said Michael Topchik, National Leader of the Chartis Center for Rural Health.  

Headquartered in Arizona, Banner Health is one of the largest nonprofit health care systems in the country. The system owns and operates 29 acute-care hospitals, Banner Health Network, Banner University Medicine, Banner Medical Group, long-term care centers, outpatient surgery centers and an array of other services, including Banner Urgent Care, family clinics, home care and hospice services, pharmacies and a nursing registry. Banner Health is in seven states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming. 

The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health was established in 1995 to assist State Offices of Rural Health in their efforts to improve access to, and the quality of, health care for America’s 61 million rural citizens. NOSORH enhances the capacity of SORHs to do this by supporting the development of state and community rural health leaders; creating and facilitating state, regional and national partnerships that foster information sharing and spur rural health-related programs/activities; and enhancing access to quality healthcare services in rural communities

iVantage Health Analytics is a leading provider of healthcare analytic and performance management analytic tools. Health system and hospital leadership teams across the country rely on the company’s software and services to deliver customized insights on clinical and financial performance, strategic planning, market assessment and payment optimization. iVantage is part of The Chartis Group, a national advisory services firm dedicated to the healthcare industry. The Chartis Center for Rural Health was formed in 2016 to offer tailored services, performance management solutions, research and education to rural hospitals and facilities. Learn more at Chartisrural.com.