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St. Joseph’s recognized as a ‘Top 20’ critical access hospital

Elizabeth Govero, chief nursing officer at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital-Highland (left), is joined by Melissa Cates, interim director of quality (center) and Teresa Cornelius, director of clinical operations, to accept the National Rural Health Association’s Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals award in Kansas City.
Elizabeth Govero, chief nursing officer at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital-Highland (left), is joined by Melissa Cates, interim director of quality (center) and Teresa Cornelius, director of clinical operations, to accept the National Rural Health Association’s Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals award in Kansas City. Courtesy photo

Members from the HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital-Highland leadership team traveled to Kansas City this week to receive the National Rural Health Association’s (NRHA) Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) award. St. Joseph’s Hospital was named a Top 20 CAH in the country for “Practices in Quality.” There are 1,332 CAHs in the United States.

The Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals, including St. Joseph’s Hospital, scored best among critical access hospitals on iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength Index for practices in quality. The rankings were announced in May by NRHA.

The Top 20 Critical Access Hospital “winners” are those hospitals who have achieved success in the overall performance based on a composite rating from nine indices of strength: inpatient market share, outpatient market share, population risk, cost, charge, quality, outcomes, patient perspectives, and financial stability. This group was selected from iVantage’s Top 100 CAH list, released earlier this year.

“This award is the product of a lot of hard work and dedication by the colleagues and physicians at St. Joseph’s Hospital,” said Peg Sebastian, former president and CEO of St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Sebastian led St. Joseph’s for six years before transitioning to the President & CEO position at Sister Hospital HSHS St. Elizabeth’s in January.

“St. Joseph’s Hospital provides Highland area residents the best care possible, close to home. This award strengthens St. Joseph’s position as the hometown healthcare provider of choice,” she said.

For more information about St. Joseph’s Hospital and services offered, visit the website at stjosephshighland.org.

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