Redwood Area Hospital has been recognized by iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in Quality and Financial Strength, reflecting top quartile performance among all rural acute care hospitals in the nation.
“Our quality success comes from our direct caregiver staff and physicians’ commitment to providing care to our patients using nationally recognized best practices,” explains Dawn Allen, Redwood Area Hospital chief clinical officer.
This recognition is given on national rural health day as an opportunity to honor the selfless, community-minded, “can-do” spirit that prevails in rural American healthcare. But it also provides a chance to bring to light the unique healthcare challenges that rural citizens face—and showcase the efforts of rural healthcare providers.
Today more than ever, rural communities face accessibility issues, a lack of healthcare providers, needs of an aging population suffering from a greater number of chronic conditions, and larger percentages of un- and underinsured citizens. Even with those challenges, rural hospitals are often the economic foundation of their communities despite the daily struggle with declining reimbursement rates and disproportionate funding levels.
“First and foremost, Redwood Area Hospital is committed to the health and well-being of our community members,” said Bryan Lydick, Redwood Area Hospital CEO. “We recognized the unique healthcare challenges facing our community and will continue to bring high quality services and partnerships to fruition to best serve those needs.”
Redwood Area Hospital is currently launching a telemedicine program designed to increase access to care. In the past year and a half they have created a Wound Care Clinic, increased orthopedic specialty coverage with Total Joint Replacement surgery and increased availability for sleep studies. They also built the Redwood Area Hospital Health Pavilion to increase home care, hospice and adult day services as well as doubling dialysis chairs with partner Davita.
“These top quartile performers should take great pride in this recognition. It showcases their commitment to continuous performance analysis and improvement. On this occasion of National Rural Health Day, 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.” said Michael Topchik, National Leader of the Chartis Center for Rural Health.