HomeTown Health, LLC recognizes Higgins General Hospital, GA, Named to Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals Nationwide

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Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals Named. iVantage Health Analytics’ Awards HealthStrong™ Status Using the Hospital Strength Index™.

In today’s challenging and complex healthcare environment, Higgins General Hospital, as part of the Tanner Health System, is to be commended for rising to the top 100 CAH’s with its exceptional quality of care and patient satisfaction

HomeTown Health, LLC is pleased to recognize Higgins General Hospital in Bremen, Georgia as the only TOP 100 HealthStrong™ hospital in Georgia. iVantage Health Analytics has released the most current list of top performing Critical Access Hospitals as rated by the company’s Hospital Strength Index™. These Top 100 HealthStrong™ Critical Access Hospitals represent the nation’s best using the Hospital Strength Index that evaluates hospital market, operational, clinical and financial outcomes and performance. http://www.ivantagehealth.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Top-100-CAH-List_new.pdf

“We are extremely proud of being listed among the nation’s 100 best critical access hospitals,” said Michael Alexander, CEO of Higgins General Hospital. “Our team of nurses and physicians, as well as others in both clinical and non-clinical roles, have done a tremendous job of ensuring that we’re providing needed services with exceptional outcomes at a great value to the community.”

“Rural hospitals have new and difficult demands that are best managed with actionable information. The Hospital Strength Index™ reflects the multiple challenges of running a hospital by incorporating the measures on which the industry has worked to gain consensus and standardization,” said John Morrow, executive vice president of iVantage Health Analytics, Inc.

Findings of the iVantage Health Analytics study on the nation’s Critical Access Hospitals shed new, multi-dimensional light on the characteristics of the Top 100 performing CAHs. The 2013 “Benchmark Performance for Critical Access Hospitals” study is a trending study of the rural hospital industry. Key findings from the study include:
    Top 100 CAHs include 60 multi-year Top Performers, with 40 new facilities joining the ranks in 2013;
    Top 100 CAHs perform as well or better at the median overall than the full census of all U.S. general acute care hospitals;
    Top 100 CAHs are disproportionately located in the Northern half of the U.S. with nearly one third located in three contiguous Upper Midwest (13 in Wisconsin; 9 in Minnesota; 9 in Iowa);
    Top 100 CAHs face the least population-based demand for future healthcare services while their Quality is near the Top Quartile when compared to all U.S. general acute care hospitals;
    Top 100 CAH performance is in the Top Quartile of all U.S. general acute care hospitals in the Financial and Cost & Charge categories of the study; and
    Top 100 CAHs are equally divided in terms of organizational structure – (52% are Independent; 48% are affiliated with Corporate, Multi-hospital health systems.)

Small and rural hospitals play a critical role in providing efficient and effective healthcare that is on par with other larger suburban and urban counterparts. “In today’s challenging and complex healthcare environment, Higgins General Hospital, as part of the Tanner Health System, is to be commended for rising to the top 100 CAH’s with its exceptional quality of care and patient satisfaction,” said Jimmy Lewis, CEO of HomeTown Health.

About Higgins General Hospital
Located in Bremen, GA, Higgins General Hospital became affiliated with Tanner Health System in 1998. The 25-bed critical access hospital offers its community inpatient as well as outpatient medical services including a 24-hour Emergency Department, same-day surgery, lithotripsy, and a wide range of outpatient services.

About HomeTown Health, LLC
HomeTown Health, LLC, is an organization of small and rural hospitals, located throughout the southeast, who collectively pursue ways to help our hospitals survive in this environment of tremendous budget cuts from the state and federal level. The mission of HomeTown Health is to ensure that rural healthcare is preserved at the local community level wherever possible and that a continuum of care is available to the rural populations. What began as a handful of community hospitals 10 years ago has now grown into an organization of over 55 hospital members and over 60 business partners. For more information, visit http://www.hometownhealthonline.com.

About The Hospital Strength Index
The Hospital Strength Index™, a national ratings and analytics program developed by iVantage Health Analytics, ranks all 4,400+ U.S. general acute care hospitals, including the 1,300+ Critical Access Hospitals. The Index is based on eight performance categories measuring 56 different performance metrics. The Index offers hospital executives, trustees and boards of directors an objective way to measure their relative performance internally and among their peers.

About iVantage Health Analytics
iVantage Health Analytics™ is a privately held healthcare business intelligence and technology company serving more than 500 hospitals across the United States. The company provides business intelligence solutions by integrating disparate market, clinical, operational, and financial data into a single, enterprise-wide platform to support executive level decision-making. For more information, visit http://www.iVantageHealth.com.

Media Inquiries:
Jimmy Lewis, CEO
HomeTown Health, LLC

For more details about iVantage Health Analytics or the Hospital Strength Index or to schedule an interview, please call, Gregory Wolf, Vice President at 207-518-6702.

Editorial Note: A copy of the study “Benchmark Performance for Critical Access Hospitals” can be found at http://www.iVantageHealth.com/HSI.

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