3 Southern Utah hospitals honored

Travis Fullmer, a nurse manager at Valley View Medical Center, talks with a young patient, Cedar City, Utah, date not specified | Photo courtesy of Intermountain Healthcare, St. George News

SOUTHERN UTAH – All three hospitals in the Southwest Region of Intermountain Healthcare recently announced they have been recognized by iVantage Health Analytics for overall excellence in quality and patient satisfaction. This means these three Southwest Region hospitals are in the top 25 percent among all acute care hospitals in the nation. The three Intermountain hospitals that make up the Southwest Region are Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George, Valley View Medical Center in Cedar City and Garfield Memorial Hospital in Panguitch.

Valley View Medical Center Administrator and CEO Jason Wilson said:

Intermountain Healthcare has done an incredible job in rural Utah creating healthcare networks to provide extraordinary care to the citizens that live in this part of the state. Here in the Southwest region of Utah, including St. George, Cedar City and Panguitch we have hospitals that really do provide world-class healthcare to our rural region, and it’s nice to be recognized by the iVantage organization for the outstanding work of all our employees.

The Hospital Strength INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of hospital performance in the United States – capturing more than 4,000 acute care hospitals, including over 1,300 rural and critical access hospitals. Leveraging data from public data sources such as Medicare Cost Reports, Medicare claims data and Hospital compare, INDEX aggregates data from 66 individual metrics into three major categories and 10 pillars, including Population Health, to derive a single strength overall rating for each facility.

“Despite the many challenges rural hospitals face in today’s healthcare environment, they remain a vital and integral component of the community,” Michael Topchik, senior vice president of iVantage Health Analytics, said. “The top quartile performers should be viewed as true market leaders. Through their commitment to performance analysis and improvement, they have established a blueprint for sustainability which other rural hospitals can follow.”

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  • Janet November 26, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Experience with hospitals in three states I can say that Dixie Regional in St. George is the finest.

  • Bev Lowe November 27, 2014 at 10:29 am

    We are indeed blessed in Garfield County to have the top notch facility like Garfield Memorial Hospital. With Bryce Canyon nearby and all the other area attractions, we have a huge population of people visiting during our usual tourist season. Over a million people visit Bryce Canyon each year. We are grateful for the care we recieve

    • PROTECT THE SHEEP November 27, 2014 at 12:46 pm

      very ble$$ed indeed 😉

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