Eaton Rapids Medical Center named Top 100 Critical Access Hospital

Eaton Rapids Medical Center (ERMC) was recently named one of iVantage Health Analytics' Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States. ERMC was one of six hospitals earning the honor in Michigan, out of 1,337 certified Critical Access Hospitals located throughout the United States.

ERMC scored in the top 100 of Critical Access Hospitals on iVantage's Hospital Strength INDEX. The INDEX is the industry's most comprehensive rating of rural and Critical Access Hospitals. The results recognize that the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals provide a safety net to communities across rural America - measuring them across more than 70 different performance metrics, including quality, outcomes, patient perspective, affordability, population risk and efficiency.

"I'm so proud of the efforts our staff and physicians have made to achieve this designation," stated Tim Johnson, ERMC President and CEO. "We have made a commitment to improve the quality of care we provide to each and every patient, and our staff has remained dedicated to that promise. Our skilled and caring team, and the support of our community, made this honor possible."

In addition to the Top 100 award, ERMC has been recognized by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) and iVantage Health Analytics for overall excellence in Quality and Patient Perspectives, reflecting top quartile performance among all acute care hospitals in the nation. NOSORH, which was established to improve access to, and the quality of, health care for America's 61 million rural citizens, designed the assessment to identify excellence across a broad spectrum of indicators relevant to hospital performance and patient care. Indicators included process of care and patient satisfaction survey scores. ERMC was one of 17 facilities recognized for quality and one of 21 recognized for patient satisfaction statewide.

"Rural healthcare deserves the same performance analysis as all provider performance. It plays a vital role for communities across America, serving more than 60 million people. The services provided in rural America are similar to those needed in any major metropolitan area, yet the volumes and economic resources provide little economies of scale, making for little benefit from scale. 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," said Michael Topchik, senior vice president of iVantage Health Analytics.

To view a complete list of the 2016 Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals, visit http://www.ivantageindex.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/2016-Top-100-Critical-Access-Hospitals.pdf. More information about the study can be found at www.iVantageINDEX.com.

iVantage Health Analytics is a provider of healthcare analytic and performance management analytic tools. iVantage analytics and tools are the basis of continuing thought leadership and insight in the areas of healthcare policy and research. Eaton Rapids Medical Center is a full-service, critical access hospital located in Eaton Rapids, Michigan. For more information, visit www.eatonrapidsmedicalcenter.org.

Article posted on November 16th 2016.