Meade District Hospital earns prestigious 5-Star Rating from the National Rural Rating System

Meade, KS – Meade District Hospital is proud to announce that it has earned a 5-star rating in a new ratings program for rural and critical access hospitals, called the 5-Star National Rural Rating System. The program celebrates the extraordinary patient experiences provided by rural and critical access hospitals across the United States.

“Winning this award is not only a great honor for us, but it also highlights the important role that we play in the health and wellbeing of the people in our community,” said Darcy Howard, Interim CEO, Meade District Hospital. “We are dedicated to providing compassionate, high-quality care to those who need it most, and we are grateful for this recognition of our efforts.”

“Earning a 5-star reward from the NRRS is a significant accomplishment, and it is a testament to the hard work and dedication of their entire team,” said Brian Lee, Founding Partner of NRRS. “We are proud to recognize Meade District Hospital for their excellence in patient care, community engagement, and innovation.”

The 5-Star Rating System ranks rural and critical access hospitals – with five stars being the top ranking and one star being the lowest. The Star Ratings are like the CMS Stars, which allow hospitals/clinics to promote their success and are used as high-quality recognitions. Most small and rural hospitals (60%) do not qualify because of low number of qualifying inpatients for the CMS Rankings, but are held to the same high patient satisfaction criteria. This new program recognizes the hard work and dedication rural and critical access hospitals provide across the country. The rankings will include overnight hospital stays (HCAHPS) and are based on data collected by certified CMS patient satisfaction vendors. 

Artesian Valley Health System is a local non-profit organization in Meade, Kansas, and serves the healthcare needs of the surrounding communities through Meade District Hospital, Meade, Montezuma, Plains Rural Health Clinics, and Lone Tree Retirement Center. To learn more about Artesian Valley Health System (AVHS), visit our website at or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.


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