COLUMBUS – As part of November’s National Rural Health Day observance, the Ohio Department of Health applauded Mercy Health–Urbana Hospital for being recognized by The Chartis Center for Rural Health (Chartis) and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in Outcomes. This reflects top quartile performance among all rural hospitals in the nation. Urbana Hospital is among 18 Ohio rural providers recognized for overall excellence in 2018.
Each year the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health and its partners set aside the third Thursday of November to celebrate National Rural Health Day (NRHD). NRHD is an opportunity to “Celebrate the Power of Rural.”
The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health is the membership association of the nation’s 50 State Offices of Rural Health. State Offices of Rural Health are anchors of information and support for rural communities, health professionals, hospitals and clinics across the nation. They are dedicated to collaboration, education, communication and innovation to improve health in small towns around the country.
“We are delighted to see Ohio’s rural providers recognized for their continued commitment to performance excellence,” said Clint Koenig, MD, MA, MSPH, medical director for ODH. “National Rural Health Day provides the perfect forum for celebrating these rural hospitals as they demonstrate their ability to serve their staff, their patients and their community, while maintaining an efficient and effective facility.”
Urbana Hospital was awarded this recognition, the Performance Leadership Award, by Chartis and NOSORH using iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX, a comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance.
“Across the country, rural providers are under tremendous pressure from a variety of market forces. On the day in which we celebrate the power of rural, it’s wonderful to be able to recognize top performers who – despite the challenges – are raising the bar with regard to providing higher quality of care within their communities,” said Michael Topchik, national leader of Chartis.
For more information on National Rural Health Day, visit www.powerofrural.org and follow the conversation on social media at #powerofrural.
Information from Ohio Department of Health and Mercy Health.