Stewart Memorial Recognized for Performance Leadership by The Chartis Center for Rural Health

As part of National Rural Health Day, Stewart Memorial Community Hospital (SMCH) today announced it has been recognized with 2023 Performance Leadership Awards for excellence in Quality and Patient Perspective. Compiled by the Chartis Center for Rural Health, the Performance Leadership Awards honor top quartile performance (i.e., 75thpercentile or above) among rural hospitals in Quality, Outcomes and/or Patient Perspective. 

 “We are honored to be acknowledged for leading the way in quality and patient perspective of rural healthcare facilities,” said SMCH CEO Cindy Carstens. “This recognition is right in line with our organizational vision of transforming the health of our communities by providing coordinated care and exceptional experiences.”

The Performance Leadership Awards are based on the results of the Chartis Rural Hospital Performance INDEX®, the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. INDEX data is relied upon by rural hospitals, health systems with rural footprints, hospital associations and state offices of rural health around the country to measure and monitor performance across several areas impacting hospital operations and finance. 

“Wherever we go in rural America, we witness first-hand the commitment, determination, and compassion with which rural hospitals serve their communities. Rural healthcare truly is mission-driven,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader, The Chartis Center for Rural Health. “This National Rural Health Day, let us recognize the efforts of this year’s Performance Leadership Award winners and all those driven to deliver high quality care throughout rural communities."