(Breese, IL) – HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese, Illinois was recently named one of the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the United States by The Chartis Center for Rural Health. Regarded as one of the industry’s most significant designations of performance excellence, the annual Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals award is based upon the results of the Hospital Strength INDEX® from iVantage Health Analytics.
 
HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital’s President and CEO Chris Klay shared, “We are honored to be recognized as one of America’s Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals for 2019. I attribute our success to the exceptional work and service provided by our medical staff members, colleagues, and volunteers. Day in and day out these individuals in partnership with each other reproducibly demonstrate a commitment to our Core Values of Respect, Care, Competence and Joy. These qualities position our team to successfully make a difference in the lives of those who seek care at St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese,” he said. “We are truly thankful for this recognition which reinforces our commitment to providing high quality care, exceptional patient experience, operational excellence, and economic stability for our community.”
 
Hospitals recognized as a Top 100 facility scored in the top 100 among all rural and community hospitals nationally. Now in its ninth year, the INDEX leverages 50 rural-relevant indicators across eight pillars of hospital strength (i.e. Inpatient Market Share, Outpatient Market Chare, Cost, Charge, Quality, Outcomes, Patient Perspective and Financial Stability) to determine an overall score for each hospital. Each of the INDEX’s 50 indicators is culled from publicly-available data sources. 
 
“In an era of increased complexity and uncertainty, Top 100 hospitals have established themselves as a bellwether for rural provider performance,” said Michael Topchik, national leader of The Chartis Center for Rural Health. “Top 100 status is a real indicator of how proactive these hospitals are when it comes to pushing for performance improvement in areas such as quality, outcomes, patient safety, market share and finance.”
 
Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital Resources:
The list of this year’s Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals, as well as the 2019 INDEX methodology, can be found at www.ivantageindex.com/top-performing-hospitals. St. Joseph’s Hospital was the only facility in the southern Illinois region to earn this honor, and shares the distinction with sister HSHS facility St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.
 
To learn more about The Chartis Center for Rural Health or to speak with someone regarding the INDEX and the 2019 Top 100, please email Billy Balfour at wbalfour@ivantagehealth.com.

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