Published on December 13, 2019

Medical Center Recognized with 2019 Performance Leadership Award in Outcomes

As part of National Rural Health Day, MidMichigan Health Medical Center – Gratiot was recognized by The Chartis Center of Rural Health and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) with the 2019 Performance Award in Outcomes. MidMichigan Medical Centers in Alpena and Gladwin were also recognized with the award. Based on the results of the Hospital Strength INDEX from iVantage Health Analytics, the Performance Leadership Awards reflect top quartile performance among all rural hospitals in the United States in either Quality, Outcomes or Patient Perspective.

“To be recognized as a national leader in Performance Leadership for our patient outcomes and patient perspective is a testament to our ongoing commitment to our patients and the Gratiot community and beyond,” said Marita Hattem-Schiffman, president, MidMichigan Medical Centers in Gratiot and Mt. Pleasant. “Our patients are receiving award-winning care and outcomes and can trust MidMichigan Health for the best possible health care.”

The Hospital Strength INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. Leveraging data from publicly available data sources, the INDEX aggregates data from 50 rural-relevant metrics across eight pillars of performance. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2020, the INDEX serves as the data foundation for a number of industry-leading rural recognition programs and legislative initiatives.

“National Rural Health Day has come to symbolize not just the vital role healthcare providers play in rural communities, but the dedication and hard work that goes into overcoming the unique healthcare challenges that exist across rural America,” said Teryl Eisinger, chief executive officer, NOSORH. “We are proud of the work of the State Offices of Rural Health, their partners and rural hospitals do to improve care across the nation.”

“Each year, National Rural Health Day serves as a terrific backdrop for celebrating the power of rural and recognizing rural providers who continue to demonstrate an unwavering commitment to delivering quality care within their communities,” said Michael Topchik, national leader, The Chartis Center for Rural Health. “We are delighted to be recognizing these top quartile performers in partnership with NOSORH.”

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