Lucas County Health Center has received their latest Hospital Strength Index Performance Report from The Chartis Group. The Hospital Strength Index is the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance and is the foundation for many of rural healthcare’s most prominent awards, including the National Rural Health Association’s Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals.
The Index Ranking is a percentile ranking of performance across eight pillars, including inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspective, cost, charge, and finance. Each hospital then receives a composite score which is computed as a percentile rank of the sum of all eight pillars.
In the last few years, LCHC has put a spotlight on improving the quality and outcomes of their services and it shows, both when compared to their peers and when compared to themselves. The median composite score for critical access hospitals throughout the state of Iowa is 66.6 and, in the latest Index Rankings, LCHC received a composite score of 89.5.
“This ranking reflects all our staff’s efforts in improving the quality of care for our community,” said Brian Sims, CEO. “I could not be prouder of our providers, leaders, and staff.”
When compared to the previous year’s composite scores, LCHC has seen a significant improvement in their overall index rankings and has seen a 12.5 point rise from their overall composite score of 77 in June 2018. In the last six months alone, LCHC’s score has risen from 80.3 to 89.5.