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Published on March 15, 2013

Valley West Named Top 100 Critical Access Hospital

March 15, 2013

SANDWICH—Valley West Community Hospital in Sandwich, a part of KishHealth System, was recently named one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States by iVantage Health Analytics, a privately held healthcare business intelligence and technology company.  

As part of the selection process, iVantage measured 56 performance metrics based on publicly available data for the country’s 1,267 critical access hospitals.
Valley West’s highest scores were in financial stability and quality. The hospital also scored well in patient perspectives and market size and growth.

The study was conducted in collaboration with the National Rural Health Association to shed light on high performing critical access hospitals as policymakers look to make decisions on how critical access hospital will be reimbursed in the future. 

Brad Copple, president of Valley West and Kishwaukee Community Hospitals, says pressure is mounting from public and private health insurance payors to cut reimbursement for critical access hospitals especially if they do not meet performance standards.  

“The study demonstrates that Valley West is a top performer and underscores its important contribution to KishHealth System, which supports Valley West as it makes investments in facility improvements, new technology and training that continually improve quality and the patient experience,” Copple said.

David Proulx,  assistant vice president , Valley West Operations and KishHealth System Facilities, said  “Being recognized as one of the top 100 critical access hospitals in the country is a testament to the patient-centered care Valley West provides.  It honors the skill and dedication of our physicians and staff as well as the guidance provided by our Board of Directors.”

“Rural hospitals play a critical role in providing needed care to communities across America, yet the challenges are completely different while being as complex as urban hospitals. The need for enhanced performance and a framework for success are equally important as hospitals prepare for the impact of health reform,” said John Morrow, executive vice president of iVantage Health Analytics.

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