Advanced Digital Imaging System in Use at Meade District Hospital

xraytechnologyMeade, KS: On October 12, 2015 Meade District Hospital installed a new state-of-the-art OTC12 Digital Radiographic System in their Imaging Services Department. The new OTC12 Digital Radiographic System is manufactured by Del Medical Inc., Bloomingdales, IL. It is one of the most advanced digital x-ray systems available on the market today and was showcased at the recent Radiological Society of North America meeting in Chicago, IL.
Patients will benefit from faster exam times and a comfortable safe experience during their x-ray procedure. The advanced digital detector technology provides high resolution images while reducing the amount of radiation per exposure by more than half from older technology.
Hospital X-Ray Technologist also have the flexibility to utilize the digital detector in other areas of the hospital where digital technology isn’t yet available such as the emergency room, OR, or patient rooms. In these cases a portable s-ray machine is utilized with the digital receptor for patients unable to come to the Radiology Department.
We are happy to be able to provide our community with the newest imaging technology available and our overall goal to provide excellence in all patient care.

Meade District Hospital Receives National Recognition for Performance Leadership in Patient Perspectives


nrhd2Meade, KS, September 2015 – Meade District Hospital today announced it has been recognized by iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in Patient Perspectives, reflecting top quartile performance among all acute care hospitals in the nation.

Artesian Valley Health System dba Meade District Hospital is honored to receive this recognition for Performance Leadership in Patient Perspectives. Present and past staff members care about patients and what their perspective is about the staff and the hospital. AVHS desires the hospital experience to be as positive as it can be in spite of the circumstances. Staff take the extra steps to ensure a better experience for our patients and families. Thank you to everyone who helped us to received this recognition.
                                                                             -Steve Stewart, CEO Artesian Valley Health System

The rankings have been designated by the Hospital Strength INDEX™, the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of hospital performance. In partnership with NOSORH, iVantage Health Analytics has developed a data-driven program designed to identify excellence across a broad spectrum of indicators relevant to hospital performance and patient care. The Hospital Strength INDEX™ captures performance metrics for more than 4,000 acute care hospitals, including over 1,300 rural and Critical Access Hospitals. Leveraging data from public data sources, INDEX aggregates data from 66 individual metrics into three major categories and 9 pillars to derive a single strength overall rating for each facility.

“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, senior vice president of iVantage Health Analytics.


The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) 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

About iVantage Health Analytics

iVantage is a leading business analytic and advisory services company a unique combination of technology, content, and expert advisory services accelerates decision making for the new healthcare. For more information please visit

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For more details about iVantage Health Analytics or to schedule an interview, please call Amy Weickert, at 207-245-6769 or email More information about the Hospital Strength INDEX™ can be found at

Meade District Hospital has merited a Top 20 Best Practice in Patient Satisfaction

top20cMeade District Hospital has merited a Top 20 Best Practice in Patient Satisfaction designation from the National Rural Health Association.  This means Meade District Hospital was ranked in the Top 20 for patient satisfaction among over 1300 critical access hospitals in the United States.  This ranking is based on data compiled by iVantage Health Analytics in its Hospital Index, specifically the patient satisfaction domain.  Stephen Stewart CEO and Jane Chance, RN Director of Quality and Risk Management accepted the award on October 2nd in behalf of the Meade District Hospital.
For more information about the NRHA, see

Lone Tree Retirement Center

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donate ltrcAVHS Lone Tree Retirement Center will need a new transportation van in the near future. We are requesting donations to help Lone Tree procure the van. The cost of the van is approximately $60,000. To have fun with the donation drive, we are assigning a day to every $100 donated. There are 600 days and when all are taken, Lone Tree will have a drawing and the person, business or corporation who has the number of the day drawn may have the transportation van named after them, the business or named after a family member possibly as a memorial or a recognition of the importance of that family member to the donor.


  • Donations of $100 or more will be assigned a number of a day from 1 to 600 for every $100 donated. The donor may choose the number(s) of the day(s) or ask AVHS staff to choose for them. Numbers already chosen may not be requested. Numbers are on a first come basis.
  • Individuals, businesses or corporations who wish to donate less than $100 will be documented as donors.
  • Individuals, businesses or corporations who wish to donate less than $100 may team up with other individuals to bring the total to $100 or more and as a team chose a number of a day. The team may use the name of one of the team as the choice for naming the van or they may use the name of a family member related to one of the team. All team members will be listed as donors.
  • Two boards listing numbers 1 to 300 and 301 to 600 will be displayed separately in AVHS Lone Tree and AVHS Meade District Hospital during the donation drive. Names will be posted on the number chosen by the donor.
  • Donations may be made in person or by mail with preferred numbers listed as well as 2nd choice numbers in case the original numbers are taken. Please mail donations to Sheila Brown, Lone Tree Retirement Center, PO Box 340, Meade, Kansas 67864. Make the check out to the Lone Tree Retirement Center and list van donation on the description line.
  • All donors will be listed on AVHS Lone Tree Retirement Center’s website when the donation drive is completed. The amount donated by each donor will not be listed.
  • All donations are tax deductible as AVHS Lone Tree Retirement Center is non-profit.
  • Donations in excess of the cost of the transporation van will be restricted to AVHS Lone Tree Retirement Center.
  • AVHS Lone Tree Retirement Center reserves the right to approve or disapprove any names suggested for the van.


Meade District Hospital


pink mdhArtesian Valley Health System exists to enhance the lives of those who entrust us with their care by providing an exceptional health care experience with compassion and quality while meeting the unique needs of all members of our communities.



The Imaging Department at Meade District Hospital utilizes state of the art equipment with a professional, experienced staff to provide a quality, comprehensive patient care Imaging experience.