Tomah Memorial Hospital has been recognized nationally for outcomes, patient satisfaction and financial strength placing the local health care facility among the top quartile of all rural acute care hospitals in the nation according to a recent industry assessment.
The recognition was announced by iVantage Health Analytics – a national advisory and business analytic services company from Portland, Maine and the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health (NOSORH) based on the Hospital Strength INDEX™, cited as the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of hospital performance.
“These top quartile performers should take great pride in this recognition. It showcases their commitment to continuous performance analysis and improvement,” said Michael Topchik, senior vice president of iVantage Health Analytics. “On this occasion of National Rural Health Day (Nov. 17), 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,” added Topchik
In partnership with NOSORH, iVantage Health Analytics developed the public data-driven program that officials said is designed to identify excellence across a broad spectrum of indicators related to hospital performance and patient care resulting in a single strength overall rating for each facility.
“We are very proud to be able to receive such accolades and recognition from a national organization,” TMH CEO Phil Stuart said of the announcement. “This is further recognition for the work that we do every day and a credit to our medical staff, board of directors and all the hospital staff.”
Stuart said despite some challenges that go along with being a rural health care facility, Tomah Memorial has been successful while providing high quality care.
“We have been very fortunate over the years to be able to find the right mix of services while working with the right tertiary facilitates whether that be out of LaCrosse or Madison to help support our specialty coverages,” Stuart said. “At the same time, we have found ways to do that in a cost effective manner making us very efficient in the services we provide; and that translates to a very positive bottom line.”
Earlier this year, Tomah Memorial was named a top 20 critical access hospital by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA).