Local hospitals recognized for rural health
A new sign for Logan Health marks the entrance to the hospital in Kalispell in this May 13, 2021, file photo. (Matt Baldwin/Daily Inter Lake)
| February 16, 2022 12:00 AM
Logan Health has been recognized as one of the top health care systems in the U.S. focusing on rural health.
The recognition come from Chartis Group, a leading health care advisory and analytics firm. The group named Logan Health Medical Center in Kalispell a Top 100 Rural and Community Hospital and Logan Health—Whitefish a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital. It's the third consecutive year the hospitals have been named to the list.
Each year, The Chartis Group utilizes 50 independent indicators to assess performance across eight pillars, a press release from Logan Health stated. The top performers are those that excel in managing risk, achieving higher quality, securing better outcomes, increasing patient satisfaction, and operating at a lower cost than their peers.
Hospitals recognized as Top 100 facilities had one of the 100 highest overall scores among all rural and community hospitals nationally. Other facilities look to these top performers as benchmarks as they strive to achieve similar results, the press release stated.
“We are thrilled to be recognized as a Top 100 Rural and Community Hospital by the Chartis Group,” says April Mcgauley, chief nursing officer at Logan Health Medical Center. “Our organizational mission of advancing medicine and enhancing care is reflected in the work of our tremendous healthcare workers, who serve patients in 13 different Montana counties spanning nearly 40,000 square miles. We are very grateful to each and every member of our team.”
“We are extremely honored to be recognized among the top 100 Critical Access Hospitals nationally for our commitment to patient care,” says Kevin Abel, CEO of Logan Health—Whitefish. “We are even more proud of our staff for serving our rural communities with such a high level of care with all of the challenges we have faced during the global pandemic. Logan Health – Whitefish and its clinics have come together and supported each other every step of the way to provide our patients consistent quality care. This recognition is a reflection of the hard work and commitment from every department, and every signal team member to be the center of healing for our communities.”