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Osborne County Memorial receives national acclaim

5/20/2013

By KALEY CONNER

By KALEY CONNER

kconner@dailynews.net

OSBORNE -- Osborne County Memorial Hospital has been named one of the top 20 Critical Access Hospitals in the U.S. by the National Rural Health Association.

The distinction was given based on the hospital's quality index, or a rating of hospital performance based on the percentile rank of five categories used by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

"Personally, I am very proud of the staff at our hospital," said hospital administrator Kiley Floyd. "They typically go above and beyond to care not only for our patients, but their families, too.

"Recognition by the National Rural Health Association is evidence that this staff is doing a great job."

The five measured categories are timely and effective care; readmissions, complications and deaths; use of medical imaging; survey of patients' experiences; and the number of Medicare patients.

Critical Access Hospitals are rural community hospitals that receive cost-based Medicare reimbursement. CAHs are not required by law to report this quality data, but staff at the Osborne hospital wanted to begin reporting as soon as possible, Floyd said.

"We support a patient's right to know how their hospital is doing compared to other similar hospitals," she said.

Osborne County Memorial Hospital is a 25-bed CAH that offers acute care, swing beds, surgical procedures, obstetric and women's health services, and an outpatient program.

The hospital's average inpatient census is six to eight patients, and the hospital last year provided ancillary services to 31,242 patients, Floyd said in an email.

The distinction was not something the hospital applied for, she said.

"This is the first time for this recognition, but we have a long history of being recognized as an early adopter of quality initiatives," she said.