November 19 is National Rural Health Day


On November 19, small healthcare organizations across the nation will celebrate National Rural Health Day.  The celebration is spearheaded by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH).  In support of this recognition, NOSORH worked with iVantage Health Analytics to identify and celebrate rural hospitals in Washington State that scored in the top quartile of all hospitals nationwide on certain quality metrics.  Seven rural hospitals in Washington State were named, including KVH Hospital.

“These top quartile performers should take great pride in this recognition.  It showcases their commitment to continuous performance analysis and improvement,” said Michael Topchik, senior vice president of iVantage Health Analytics.  “On this occasion of National Rural Health Day, it’s an honor to celebrate their achievement as they continue to serve their communities despite the many market, regulatory and financial pressures they face.”

The other six rural hospitals named were Toppenish Community Hospital, Morton General Hospital, North Valley Hospital (Tonasket), Peacehealth United General Medical Center (Sedro-Woolley), Mason General Hospital (Shelton), and Peacehealth Peace Island Medical Center (Friday Harbor).

According to NOSORH, nearly one in five Americans live in rural or frontier areas.  Many of these rural areas, including Kittitas County, are served by critical access hospitals.  Critical access hospitals are generally located more than 35 miles from any other hospital and have no more than 25 inpatient beds.  Most are located in rural areas.  There are about 1300 critical access hospitals in the United States, comprising about twenty-five percent of all U.S. hospitals.