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River Falls Area Hospital named for demonstrating excellence among rural hospitals

RIVER FALLS, Wis. 11/20/2015


David Miller

David Miller

On National Rural Health Day, River Falls Area Hospital was recognized for demonstrating excellence in health care.

The National Organization of State Office of Rural Health (NOSORH) and iVantage Health Analytics named River Falls Area Hospital for top quartile performance among all acute care hospitals in the nation, achieving overall excellence in quality, patient perspectives, and financial strength.  

The announcement came November 19, National Rural Health Day, and draws from data collated on more than 4,000 acute care hospitals (including more than 1,300 rural and critical access hospitals).  

"Rural and community hospitals experience unique pressures and we are extremely proud to have been recognized for our performance for delivering high-quality care in the face of these challenges," said hospital president David Miller. "At River Falls Area Hospital, we're able to offer the medical expertise of a comprehensive health care system—Allina Health—coupled with the compassion and friendliness of a home town facility, and this is reflected in the recognition received this National Rural Health Day."  

The rankings have been designated by the Hospital Strength INDEX™, the industry's most comprehensive and objective assessment of hospital performance. In partnership with NOSORH, iVantage Health Analytics has developed a data-driven program designed to identify excellence across a broad spectrum of indicators relevant to hospital performance and patient care. The Hospital Strength INDEX™ captures performance metrics for more than 4,000 acute care hospitals, including over 1,300 rural and Critical Access Hospitals. Leveraging data from public data sources, INDEX aggregates data from 66 individual metrics into three major categories and nine pillars to derive a single strength overall rating for each facility.  

"These top quartile performers should take great pride in this recognition. It showcases their commitment to continuous performance analysis and improvement. On this occasion of National Rural Health Day, it's an honor to celebrate their achievement as they continue to serve their communities despite the many market, regulatory and financial pressures they face." said Michael Topchik, senior vice president of iVantage Health Analytics.

About River Falls Area Hospital

River Falls Area Hospital, part of Allina Health, is a not-for-profit regional medical center committed to providing quality, comprehensive care to patients in western Wisconsin - from disease prevention to innovative diagnostic and treatment services for simple to complex medical conditions. The hospital provides a full range of inpatient, outpatient, cancer care and emergency care services.

About Allina Health

Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 12 hospitals, 15 retail pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services, home care, home oxygen and medical equipment and emergency medical transportation services

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