Logansport Memorial Hospital is pleased to share that it was recognized by The Chartis Center of Rural Health and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in Outcomes in the fourth quarter of 2019. Based on the results of the Hospital Strength INDEX from iVantage Health Analytics, the Performance Leadership Awards reflect top quartile performance among all rural hospitals in the United States in either Quality, Outcomes or Patient Perspective.
“Receiving this award is an honor for us,” comments Jeanette Huntoon, Vice-President of Physician Services at Logansport Memorial Hospital. “We strive to ensure that the care we provide during any and every experience at Logansport Memorial Hospital is of the highest possible quality, to help our patients improve their quality of life in some way. The outcomes measured as part of this award are a direct result of the innovative efforts we have put in place to help our patients receive the care they need. Our Case Management team on our medical/surgical unit coordinates each part of a patient’s experience, from recovery at the hospital after surgery or a procedure to providing discharge instructions and assisting with non-healthcare needs like filling prescriptions or finding transportation home. If additional rehabilitation or specialized care is needed, they will coordinate the patient’s admission to a nursing home or rehab facility when appropriate.”
Jeanette went on to explain, “The case management team is instrumental if a patient’s experience requires them to stay at the hospital, but our Care Coordination team works in much the same way for our physician offices to assist patients in the outpatient settingas well. Assistance can be most helpful in a variety of ways for our patients –for example, they may need consistent transportation to and from follow-up appointments when monitoring a chronic health condition. Monitoring the condition and making small adjustments during a visit with a healthcare provider is what leads to a positive outcome and a positive quality of life for that patient. Our Care Coordination team will work to set up the follow-up appointments and coordinate the transportation needed for the patient to keep those appointments.”
These efforts in coordinating multiple appointments and integrating them with assistance for any other barriers to care are all part of the innovative way our Care Coordination team addresses a patient’s specific health condition and helps to facilitate a positive outcome for them,” Jeanette noted. “We are very proud of our multi-disciplinary approach on both sides of the hospital –for the inpatient and outpatient settings –to achieve positive health outcomes for our patients.”
The Hospital Strength INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. Leveraging data from publicly available data sources, the INDEX aggregates data from 50 rural-relevant metrics across eight pillars of performance. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2020, the INDEX serves as the data foundation for a number of industry-leading rural recognition programs and legislative initiatives.
The Performance Leadership Award categories(Quality, Outcomes, or Patient Perspective)are designed to celebrate the achievements in top-tier care that rural hospitals can provide, while tying in to National Rural Health Day celebrated on November 21, 2019.
“National Rural Health Day hascome to symbolize not just the vital role healthcare providers play in rural communities, but the dedication and hard work that goes into overcoming the unique healthcare challenges that exist across rural America,” said Teryl Eisinger, Chief Executive Officer, NOSORH. “We are proud of the work of the State Offices of Rural Health, their partners and rural hospitals do to improve care across the nation.”
“Each year, National Rural Health Day serves as a terrific backdrop for celebrating the power of ruraland recognizing rural providers who continue to demonstrate an unwavering commitment to delivering quality care within their communities,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader, The Chartis Center for Rural Health. “We are delighted to be recognizing these top quartile performers in partnership with NOSORH.”
SOURCE: News release from Logansport Memorial Hospital