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GIBSON CITY – On National Rural Health Day, Nov. 19, Gibson Area Hospital (GAH) was recognized by iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in patient perspectives, reflecting top quartile performance among all acute care hospitals in the nation.

“This is another confirmation that 'Gibson gets it' when it comes to patient satisfaction and the patient experience,” said GAHHS CEO Rob Schmitt. “Our vision is to be the model of excellence in rural health care. This award, as well as all of the other acknowledgements from other organizations, such as the Five-Star CMS rating, prove to me that we are living our vision. I want to thank the staff, medical staff, board of directors and all of our wonderful auxiliary members and volunteers. Without their dedication and commitment to serve our patients, this level of excellence would not be achieved.”

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.

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