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Clarke County Hospital tops rural hospitals in U.S. for quality healthcare

Published: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 3:29 p.m. CDT

Clarke County Hospital was named one of 20 U.S. critical access hospitals to receive national honors for best practices in quality.

The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) designated hospitals based on Quality Index measures submitted to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and found Clarke County Hospital an exemplar of best practices in all critical access hospital healthcare.

“This honor proves we are amongst the country’s best,” said Brian Evans, chief executive officer at Clarke County Hospital. “Our mission is to provide excellent, compassionate and personalized care to the people of south central Iowa, and I am proud to back our mission with national recognitions regarding our quality care, as well as patient satisfaction.”

Last year, Clarke County Hospital received several recognitions, including the 2013 Excellence in Patient Care Award and the National Rural Healthcare Organization of the Month.

Evans recognized these achievements require every hospital employee to work toward the same goal.

“I congratulate and thank all our exceptional staff for their continued commitment to our patients,” Evans said. “Because of them, we are able to provide our community very good healthcare.”

The NRHA “Best Practices in Quality” award will be presented to Clarke County Hospital at its Critical Access Hospital Conference Oct. 3.

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