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ICAHN Recognizes Rochelle Community Hospital as one of the Top Critical Access Hospitals in State

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--March 14, 2013--Rochelle Community Hospital is pleased to announce it has been recognized by the The Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network as a HealthStrong™ hospital in Illinois. iVantage Health Analytics has released the most current list of top performing critical access hospitals as rated by the company’s Hospital Strength Index™. These Top 100 HealthStrong™ critical access hospitals, including Rochelle community Hospital, represent the nation’s best using the Hospital Strength Index that evaluates hospital market, operational, clinical and financial outcomes, and performance.

“We are extremely proud of this honor especially since it encompasses many different facets of our organization,” Mark Batty, RCH Chief Executive Officer stated.

iVantage Health Analytics has released the most current list of top performing critical access hospitals as rated by the company's Hospital Strength Index™. These Top 100 HealthStrong™ critical access hospitals represent the nation's best using the Hospital Strength Index that evaluates hospital market, operational, clinical and financial outcomes, and performance.

Findings of the iVantage Health Analytics' study on the nation's critical access hospitals shed new, multi-dimensional light on the characteristics of the Top 100 performing CAHs. The 2013 "Benchmark Performance for Critical Access Hospitals" study is a trending study of the rural hospital industry. Key findings from the study include:

  • Top 100 CAHs include 60 multi-year Top Performers, with 40 new facilities joining the ranks in 2013;
  • Top 100 CAHs perform as well or better at the median overall than the full census of all U.S. general acute care hospitals;
  • Top 100 CAHs face the least population-based demand for future healthcare services, while their quality is near the top quartile when compared to all U.S. general acute care hospitals; and,
  • Top 100 CAH performance is in the top quartile of all U.S. general acute care hospitals in the financial and cost and charge categories of the study.

"Small and rural hospitals play a critical role in providing efficient and effective healthcare that is on par with other larger suburban and urban counterparts," said Pat Schou, Executive Director, Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network. "The five critical access hospitals in our network have excelled in meeting new and difficult demands."

The Hospital Strength Index™ reflects the multiple challenges of running a hospital by incorporating the measures on which the industry has worked to gain concensus and standardization.

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   Footnote:
   RCH is designated a "Critical Access" Hospital because we meet the following criteria:
  • We are located in a rural area.
  • We offer 24/7 emergency services
  • Provide no more than 25 inpatient beds
  • Have an average length of stay of four days or less
  • Meet the distance requirements from nearest hospital as determined by Medicare; determined a necessary provider of health services
  • RCH is one of 51 Critical Access hospitals in Illinois.
 

 

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