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St. Luke named top 100 rural hospital

Staff writer

St. Luke Hospital in Marion is one of 17 Kansas hospitals included on a Chartis Group list of 100 top critical access hospitals in America.

The awards are based on data provided by hospitals that subscribe to a benchmarking service provided by health care management consulting firm Chartis.

St. Luke’s 2021 listing is the second consecutive Chartis top 100 critical access hospitals in the 11-year history of the awards.

“This recognition takes everyone on the team performing at a high level,” CEO Jeremy Ensey said. “To be in the Top 100 of over 1,300 critical access hospitals in the nation is something all of our employees can take pride in. Receiving this honor for the second consecutive year is an indicator to our patients and community about the effort we put forth to deliver the best care possible right here in Marion.”

Marketing director Roger Schroeder said Chartis measures hospitals’ inpatient and outpatient market shares; quality measurements; patient outcomes including readmission rates and similar measurements; patient perspectives derived from patient survey responses; cost and charge; and financial stability.

The list honors outstanding performance among the nation’s rural hospitals based on the results of Chartis’ Hospital Strength INDEX.

According to Michael Topchik, national leader for The Chartis Center for Rural Health, the Top 100 program continues to illuminate strategies and innovation to deliver higher quality care and better outcomes within rural communities.

During its existence, the index has become the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance, the Chartis group said.

St. Luke Hospital and Living Center is a district-managed, 10-bed critical access hospital with a 32-bed nursing home, medical clinic and home care agency governed. It is governed by a seven-member elected board.

Other Kansas hospitals included on the Chartis Group list are hospitals in Atwood, Clay Center, Coldwater, Fredonia, Hiawatha, Hill City, Holton, Hoxie, Jetmore, Kingman, Marysville, Meade, Oberlin, Osborne, Sabetha, and Smith Center. Hospitals in other states include 15 hospitals in Nebraska; 12 in North Dakota; 10 in Iowa; 8 each in Minnesota and Wisconsin; 5 each in Montana and South Dakota; 3 each in Oregon and Utah; 2 each in Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Washington;  and 1 each in Idaho, Kentucky, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Also released by the same group was its annual list of 100 top rural and community hospitals, including Moundridge Mercy Hospital, Newton Medical Center, and Pratt Regional Medical Center.

The awards are based on data provided by hospitals that subscribe to a benchmarking service provided by Chartis.

Last modified March 17, 2021

 

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