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JRMC celebrates Top 100 designation

Jamestown Regional Medical Center environmental services technicians Patty Rowell, left, and Hannah Schmidt contribute their reasons as to why JRMC is a Top 100 hospital during the “100 ways to say ‘thank you’” event. This event was held to celebrate JRMC’s designation as a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital in the United States by iVantage Health Analytics and The Chartis Center for Rural Health. Submitted photo

For the sixth year in a row, iVantage Health Analytics and The Chartis Center for Rural Health named Jamestown Regional Medical Center one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals within the United States.

“This achievement validates JRMC’s commitment to being the best rural hospital for patients to receive care, employees to work and providers to practice,” said Mike Delfs, CEO. “JRMC received this award because the board and employees exceed expectations and are the difference in the lives of those we serve.”

In celebration, JRMC held a “100 ways to say ‘thank you’” celebration. JRMC offered gifts, snacks and raffle prizes to employees. Employees also wrote down the 100 ways that makes JRMC a Top 100 hospital.

“In addition to receiving a Top 100 designation for our critical care, JRMC has also received recognition for being a best place to work,” Delfs said. “Our celebration was a way to thank employees for the great work they do to care for this community every day.”

Modern Healthcare named JRMC a Best Place to Work in 2017 and 2018. Prairie Business Magazine also named JRMC a Best Place to Work in 2018.

Across the United States, 1,332 hospitals qualify as a Critical Access Hospital, a designation Congress created in 1997 to improve health care access in rural areas. JRMC has maintained its critical access designation since 2009.

JRMC scored in the Top 100 of Critical Access Hospitals on iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX. To be named to the Top 100 hospital list means the hospital outperformed its peers on each pillar of the hospital INDEX measure. The INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive rating of rural providers, and measures hospitals across eight areas of hospital strength: inpatient share ranking, outpatient share ranking, cost, charge, quality, outcomes, patient perspectives and financial stability.

The INDEX measurement was designed as a model and analysis for critical access hospitals to model and measure their performance.

Delfs said that JRMC works to exceed industry standards, and one example of that is exceptional patient care.

JRMC won this award in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and now 2019.