Livingston HealthCare (LHC) has been named in the top 20 out of over 1,300 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in the United States by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) for the second year in a row. The ranking is based on a study from a nationally-reputed health care research firm, iVantage Health Analytics. This significant honor highlights the hospital’s continued dedication to providing the highest quality patient care to the Park County community and neighboring regions.
The ranking appears in the iVantage Health Analytics Hospital Strength INDEX, which is touted as the industry’s most comprehensive assessment of rural hospital performance in the country. Livingston HealthCare received a 99.3 percent overall score, compared to a median score of 73.96 for all other Montana CAHs.
“When the National Rural Health Association called to notify Livingston HealthCare of our Top 20 designation, they expressed how rare it is for a hospital to achieve the award two years in a row,” stated Bren Lowe, CEO of Livingston HealthCare. “LHC’s two consecutive Top 20 recognitions are a reflection of our sincere commitment to providing the highest level of quality and care to our patients and their families.”
The Hospital Strength INDEX tracks performance metrics for more than 4,000 acute care hospitals, including over 2,000 rural and Critical Access Hospitals. It aggregates data for 70 indicators, compiled into eight performance categories, and ranks hospitals against national peer groups using a 0-100 scale for all performance categories. It’s the first rating system to include the country’s more than 1,300 Critical Access Hospitals, a federal designation for small rural hospitals with 25 inpatient beds or less.
Livingston HealthCare scored well across the board, including high rankings in quality, patient safety, outcomes, affordability, and financial stability, among other categories. In a number of cases, it received above-90 percentile rankings, and as high as 98.4.
Whitney Harris, Marketing and Communications Manager
Whitney.Harris@LivingstonHealthCare.org or call 406.823.6261.