NEWTON, Kan., (March 11, 2021) – NMC Health Medical Center in Newton, Kan. today announced it has been recognized as a 2021 Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital. Compiled by The Chartis Center for Rural Health, this 11th annual recognition program honors outstanding performance among the nation’s rural hospitals based on the results of the Hospital Strength INDEX®.

“We are honored to once again be recognized as one of the nation’s top performing rural and community hospitals,” says Val Gleason, president and chief executive officer of NMC Health. “At NMC Health, we have a passion for the health of our community and the care of our patients. This four-time designation is a true reflection of how all of our providers and staff commit to excellence in service every day.”

“The Top 100 program continues to illuminate strategies and innovation for delivering higher quality care and better outcomes within rural communities,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader, The Chartis Center for Rural Health. “We are delighted to be able to spotlight the efforts of these facilities through the INDEX framework.”

Over the course of the last 11 years, the INDEX has grown to become the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. Based entirely on public data and utilizing 36 independent indicators, the INDEX assesses rural hospitals across eight pillars of performance, including market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspective, cost, charge, and financial efficiency. The INDEX framework is widely used across the nation by independent rural hospitals, health systems with rural footprints and state offices of rural health, which provide access to INDEX analytics through grant-funded initiatives.

About NMC Health
NMC Health is an award-winning medical care system focused on improving health throughout Newton, Kan., Harvey and surrounding counties. Featuring a 99-bed hospital located at the intersection of I-135 and Highway 50, and 10 primary care and specialty clinics, NMC Health’s services and specialties include emergency medicine, surgical services, rehabilitation, occupational medicine, home health and more. For more information, call 316-283-2700 or visit mynmchealth.org.

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