Jefferson Community Health and Life named a top 20 “Critical Access Hospital” nationwide

Jefferson Community Health and Life named a top 20 “Critical Access Hospital” nationwide
Jefferson Community Health & Life representatives in Kansas City to accept their award as a Top 20 Critical Access Hospital from the NRHA. Photo taken Fri., Sept. 28.

FAIRBURY – Jefferson Community Health & Life was named one of the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals for overall performance in the nation. JCH&L made the announcement in a press release on Monday.

Representatives of the clinic accepted the award at the National Rural Health Association Conference in Kansas City Friday, Sept. 28.

The Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals scored best among critical access hospitals as determined by the Chartis Center for Rural Health. The rankings were announced in the spring by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA).

The Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals are those hospitals which have achieved success in overall performance based on a composite rating from eight indices of strength: inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspectives, cost, charge and financial stability.

Jefferson Community Health & Life CEO Chad Jurgens is happy to see the clinic’s staff be recognized for their hard work.

“Our staff that work hard every day get recognition and good feedback,”Jurgens  said. “Obviously, they come here and want to take care of people and make them better. They get recognized for doing that very well, so it means a lot.”

This group was selected from The Chartis Center for Rural Health’s 2018 Top 100 CAH list, which was released earlier this year. This year’s Top 20 includes four Nebraska hospitals. Alliance’s Box Butte General Hospital, Community Medical Center in Falls City and Community Hospital in McCook were also honored.

JCH&L has been among the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals four of the last five years. In 2017, JCH&L was named a performance leader in financial strength and patient satisfaction.

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