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As the Nation Celebrates National Rural Health Day, Woodland Park Residents Celebrate Recognition of Local Medical Center

iVantage Health Analytics names Pikes Peak Regional Hospital as HealthStrong™ Award winner for Excellence in Patient Satisfaction.

WOODLAND PARK, Colorado, November 2013 – Pikes Peak Regional Hospital was recently recognized by iVantage Health Analytics as a HealthStrong™ Award winner for Excellence in Patient Satisfaction, reflecting top quartile performance among all acute care hospitals in the nation.

“Being recognized as a national leader in patient satisfaction reflects the commitment and dedication of our entire team to exceed the needs of all our patients,” said Terry Buckner, hospital CEO. “Not only do we provide home-town access to top healthcare services, we work hard every day to make sure the patient experience is the best it can be.”

America’s rural communities are wonderful places to live, work, and visit. They are also communities where healthcare providers have the opportunity to provide innovative, affordable, and holistic primary care – a model for the rest of the country to follow as America transitions to a population-, wellness-based system of health care.

Unfortunately, these communities also face unique healthcare needs: a lack of healthcare providers, an aging population suffering from a greater number of chronic conditions, and larger percentages of un- and underinsured citizens. While the Affordable Care Act may make health care more affordable for rural Americans, it won’t necessarily make it more accessible – a lack of public transportation, fragile infrastructures, and geographic barriers also must be overcome in order to ensure that all rural safety net providers can adequately meet the basic healthcare needs of their residents.

These are just a few of the messages being shared by the Colorado Rural Health Center, the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH), and other local, state and national rural stakeholders during the third annual National Rural Health Day celebration on Thursday, November 21, 2013.

“Pikes Peak Regional Hospital receiving this award validates the quality of care that rural providers in Colorado provide to patients and is also a testament to the commitment and dedication of their medical and nursing staff who impact patients every day,” said Michelle Mills, CEO of the Colorado Rural Health Center.

iVantage Health announced the latest HealthStrong Award™ winners at the annual meeting of the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health held this October in Asheville, NC. The HealthStrong Awards are based on The Hospital Strength Index™, a national ratings program developed by iVantage to recognize top performing hospitals based on key metrics critical to success in the new healthcare marketplace. The Hospital Strength Index 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.

Small and rural hospitals play a critical role in providing efficient and effective healthcare that is comparable to its larger urban counterparts. “Rural hospitals have new and difficult demands that can only be managed with better 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 iVantageHealth Analytics, Inc.

About iVantage Health Analytics

iVantage Health Analytics® is a privately held company serving more than 500 hospitals across the United States. iVantage Health provides comprehensive and objective information products to help hospitals and health systems improve performance. For more details about iVantage Health Analytics or the Hospital Strength Index or to schedule an interview, please call Amy Weickert, at 207-245-6769 or email at aweickert@ivantagehealth.com. More information about the Hospital Strength Index™ and the HealthStrong™ Awards can be found at www.iVantageHealth.com

About The Colorado Rural Health Center

The Colorado Rural Health Center was established in 1991 as Colorado’s State Office of Rural Health. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, CRHC’s serves dual roles as the State Office of Rural Health with the mission of assisting rural communities in addressing health care issues; and as the State Rural Health Association, advocating for policy change to ensure that rural Coloradoans have access to comprehensive, affordable health care services of the highest quality. For more information visit www.coruralhealth.org, call 303-832-7493, or call toll free 800-851-6782 from rural Colorado.

Media Inquiries:
Eric Riggle
Director, Marketing and Public Relations
Pikes Peak Regional Hospital
719-686-5716
ericriggle@pprh.net

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