FAIRBURY, NE – The third Thursday in November has been established as National Rural Health Day by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH).
Many area clinics, including Jefferson Community Health and Life of Fairbury and Plymouth, marked the occasion by serving free refreshments in their lobby.
JCH&L CEO Chad Jurgens said Rural Health Day serves a bigger purpose than just free goodies, however.
“It’s there to make sure we promote rural health care,” Jurgens said. “There’s over 60 million U.S. residents in rural areas. Being able to provide access and care to those people in their hometowns, without having to drive to the nearest urban area, really is going to help improve their health.”
JCH&L had more than one reason to celebrate on Thursday. The Chartis Center for Health/iVantage Health Analytics and NOSORH recognized the clinic for overall excellence in quality, outcomes and patient perspective.
The clinic placed in the top quartile among all rural hospitals in the nation for the second year in a row.
In late September, JCH&L was also recognized as a Top 20 Critical Access Hospital for overall performance in the nation.
“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 year’s Top 20 included 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.
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