PENDER – For a third straight year the healthcare system at Pender Community Hospital has been awarded the 2021 Top 100 Critical Access Hospital honor.
According to a release from PCH, this 11th annual recognition program honors outstanding performance among the nation’s rural hospitals based on the results of the Hospital Strength INDEX®. Information is compiled by The Chartis Center for Rural Health.
Dr. Cole Reha, medical director for Pender Community Hospital said, “I’m so proud of our team’s hard work and dedication. This distinction is a true reflection of the strong commitment of everyone who works at Pender Community Hospital and Medical Clinics, as well as a reflection of our supportive community. We pride ourselves on providing the highest quality care and serving as a resource our community knows they can trust. We’re very honored to be among this elite group of healthcare providers.”
Michael Topchik, national leader of The Chartis Center for Rural Health added, “the Top 100 program continues to illuminate strategies and innovation for delivering higher quality care and better outcomes within rural communities. We are delighted to be able to spotlight the efforts of these facilities through the INDEX framework.”
Over the course of the last 11 years, the INDEX has grown to become the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. Based entirely on public data and utilizing 36 independent indicators, the INDEX assesses rural hospitals across eight pillars of performance, including market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspective, cost, charge and financial efficiency. The INDEX framework is widely used across the nation by independent rural hospitals, health systems with rural footprints and state offices of rural health, which provide access to INDEX analytics through grant-funded initiatives.