JCH&L Named Among Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals

iVantage Research Identifies Top Performing Hospitals

FAIRBURY, Neb. — For the fourth time, Jefferson Community Health & Life has been named a top 100 critical access hospital in the United States by The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

“This achievement is very gratifying and validates our daily commitment to providing the best health care possible to our community, while maintaining an efficient and effective facility,” said Chad Jurgens, JCH&L CEO.

Jefferson Community Health & Life scored in the top 100 of critical access hospitals (CAHs) on the iVantage Strength INDEX™ in 2018, and previously made the Top 100 list in 2014, 2015, and 2017. The INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive rating of U.S. acute care hospitals, and the only one to include the country’s 1,300 CAHs. The Top 100 list for 2018 is available at: www.ivantageindex.com/top-performing-hospitals

Nebraska Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals for 2018: Avera St. Antony’s Hospital, O’Neill; Box Butte General Hospital, Alliance; Brodstone Memorial Hospital, Superior; Brown County Hospital; Cherry County Hospital, Valentine; Community Hospital, McCook; Community Medical Center, Falls City; Howard County Medical Center, St. Paul; Jefferson Community Health & Life, Fairbury; Memorial Health Care Systems, Seward; Phelps Memorial Health Center, Holdrege; Sidney Regional Medical Center; and York General Hospital.

In November 2017, JCH&L was recognized with the Performance Leadership Award for 2017. The Chartis Center for Rural Health/iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in quality, outcomes and patient perspective.

“These recognitions affirm that our emphasis on quality, performance and satisfaction are making a difference to the community we serve and to our health center. It is because of the work and care of our staff, physicians and board, and the support of our community that we are able to meet and surpass the benchmarks for recognition,” Jurgens said.

Jefferson Community Health & Life was previously named as a Top 100 critical access hospital for 2014 and 2015. JCHC is one of 10 Nebraska Critical Access hospitals to be recognized for 2017. Other Nebraska Critical Access Hospitals named to the Top 100 CAH list are: Antelope Memorial Hospital, Neligh; Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital, Ellendale; Box Butte General Hospital, Alliance; Brodstone Memorial Hospital, Superior; Community Hospital, McCook; Community Medical Center, Falls City; Howard County Medical Center, St. Paul; Memorial Health Care Systems, Seward; Sidney Regional Medical Center, Sidney. More information on the iVantage Top 100 index can be found at www.ivantagehealth.com.

“The Hospital Strength INDEX provides a true benchmark for helping rural providers to better understand performance levels and identify areas of improvement. When we look across the spectrum of rural-relevant INDEX indicators, the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals are establishing a new standard for how to deliver higher quality care to their communities despite an unpredictable healthcare environment,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader of The Chartis Center for Rural Health.