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  • Meade District Hospital Receives National Recognition for Performance Leadership in Quality

    Meade District Hospital Receives National Recognition for Performance Leadership in Quality

    Meade, KS, November 2017 – In celebration of National Rural Health Day, November 16, 2017, Meade District Hospital announces it has been recognized by The Chartis Center for Rural Health/iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in Quality, reflecting top quartile performance among all rural hospitals in the nation.

    We are honored to receive this recognition for Performance Leadership in Quality. Every aspect of our operations within Meade District Hospital is involved in our quality performance. This includes all health care services, surgeries, patient safety and nutrition, materials management, diagnostics, compliance, infection control and even financial and operational activities. Managers in all of these areas serve as part of our Continuous Quality Improvement task force. This group allows us to keep an intentional focus on our quality measures and performance. Overall, I’m very pleased with how our organization works together to ensure our quality is the best. I want to thank all of our employees for their dedication and hard work which has led to our receipt of this award.
    -Steve Stewart, CEO, Artesian Valley Health System

    The rankings are determined each year using iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX®, the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural 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 all rural and Critical Access Hospitals. Leveraging data from public data sources, INDEX aggregates data from more than 50 individual metrics into three major categories and eight pillars to derive a single strength overall rating for each facility.

    “On this important day, as we celebrate the power of rural, it’s great to recognize these top performers who are excelling in managing risk, achieving higher quality, securing better outcomes, increasing patient satisfaction, or operating at a lower cost than their peers,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader of the Chartis Center for Rural Health. “These leaders serve as a benchmark for other rural facilities as they strive to achieve similar results and provide a blueprint for how to successfully run a hospital and serve their communities amidst today’s uncertainty and mounting pressures.”

    Pictured above are members of the Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) team at Meade District Hospital.
    Individuals pictured left to right:
    Front row:
    Cindy Woodruff, CDM, Dietary Director
    Brad Bird, RT(R)(CT), RVT, Radiology Director
    Jane Chance, RN, Quality, Risk and Surgery Director
    Sunshine Hicks, RN MSN, Chief Nursing Officer
    Michele Dewell, RN, Director Case Management, Infection Control, Employee Health, Home Health

    Back row:
    Kelly Thornton, HR Director
    Arlene Ediger, RHIA, HIM Director & Privacy Officer
    Stephanie Saucedo, Business Office Director
    Steve Stewart, CEO
    Cherie Knott, Director of Materials Management
    Margaret Friesen, RN, Pharmacy Director
    Paula Lubbers, RRT, Respiratory Therapy Director

    Not Pictured:
    Tammy Bird, MT, Laboratory Director
    Ginger Rupp, RN, MSN, Clinic Nurse Manager
    Steve Salyer, RN, Cardiac Rehab Director
    Gaudelia Feldmeyer, RN, Clinic Director
    Kim Skinner, PT, Physical Therapy Director
    Matt Bobo, IT Director
    Wes Schnelle, CFO



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    About NOSORH
    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 The Chartis Group
    The Chartis Group (Chartis) is a comprehensive advisory and analytics services dedicated to the healthcare industry. Chartis provides strategic planning, value-based care, advanced performance, informatics and technology consulting services as well as leading-edge decision support tools to the country’s leading healthcare providers. The Chartis Center for Rural Health (CCRH) was formed in 2016 to offer tailored services, performance management solutions, research and education to rural hospitals and facilities. Learn more at

    About iVantage Health Analytics, a subsidiary of The Chartis Group
    A subsidiary of The Chartis Group, iVantage Health Analytics (iVantage) 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’s analytics are the basis of continuing thought leadership and insight in the areas of healthcare policy and research.



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