San Luis Valley Health announced today that both, SLV Health Regional Medical Center and SLV Health Conejos County Hospital, have been recognized by iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in Outcomes, reflecting top quartile performance among all acute care hospitals in the nation.

SLV Health CEO, Konnie Martin stated, “I am pleased and proud of our team and the care we provide to patients. The most important work we do is caring for patients and being acknowledged for our quality and outcomes is a testament to the Physicians and clinical teams that serve our community.”

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 9 pillars to derive a single strength overall rating for each facility.

SLV Health Conejos County Hospital Administrator, Kelly Gallegos said of the award, “I am very proud of the recognition we've received because it means our patients are receiving the care they need to get better and return home. We've prevented re-admissions, reduced complications and helped patients get back to their normal lives.”

“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.

National Rural Health Day is Thursday, November 19th. 

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