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Gundersen St. Joseph's Hospital receives national award
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Gundersen St. Josephs Hospital and Clinics Chief of Staff, William Cooke, MD; Gundersen St. Josephs CEO, Debra Smith; hospital Board of Directors members, Jim Mlsna, Ann Brandau Hynek and Mike Roraff. - photo by Contributed/Susan Zimmerman

Gundersen St. Joseph’s Hospital and Clinics in Hillsboro announced Feb. 19 it has been recognized by iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in Outcomes, reflecting top quartile performance among all acute care hospitals in the nation.

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.

Debra Smith, CEO of Gundersen St. Joseph’s, said, “Our mission is to provide high quality care for all patients visiting our clinics and hospital. This award recognizes our efforts and the progress made in achieving the best outcomes possible for our patients.”

The rankings have been designated by the Hospital Strength INDEX 1 M, the industry’s most comprehensive and objective  assessment of hospital performance.

In partnership with NOSORH, iVantage Health Analytics, a leading business analytic and advisory services company for healthcare,  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 nine 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 the 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.

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