One of only three Critical Access Hospitals to receive awards in two or more measures

Jim Bishop, chief executive officer (CEO) of Harney District Hospital, announced Nov. 4 that earlier this month, the Oregon Rural Healthcare Quality Network (ORHQN), a network comprised of Oregon’s Critical Access Hospitals, recognized Harney District Hospital as a “Best Practices Top Performer” in a multi-state Quality Health Indicators (QHi) performance benchmarking program.

Harney District Hospital was recognized as a “top performer” for exemplary performance in minimizing “Hospital Acquired Infections” and for providing “Discharge Instructions for Patients Admitted with a Diagnosis of Heart Failure.”

Eric Buckland, executive director of the ORHQN, announced the awards at the ORHQN annual membership meeting  earlier this month, and he noted that Harney District Hospital was one of only three participating Critical Access Hospitals to score as a top performer in two or more measures. He further complimented Harney District Hospital for its commitment to quality and demonstrated leadership.

QHi is a web-based, clinical quality benchmarking tool utilized by small, rural hospitals to evaluate internal processes of care. It provides participating hospitals opportunities to improve practices by comparing specific measures of quality with like hospitals. More than 310 small, rural hospitals in 15 states utilize QHi.

“Our participation in the Quality Health Indicator benchmarking program underscores our commitment to providing the best care to our patients and our community,” said Shirley Gillespie Harney District’s quality coordinator. “We joined the web-based, multi-state benchmarking project because it allows us to compare our hospital’s quality data with other small, rural hospitals on a monthly basis. The opportunity to compare our practices with those of so many other small, rural hospitals is extremely valuable.”

Each month, participating hospitals enter their quality measure data. To be designated by the ORHQN as a QHi Best Practices Top Performer for a particular quality measure, a hospital must be one of the top five hospital performers in the entire QHi 310-hospital database for three of the past four quarters.

“It’s an impressive achievement to be named a ‘Best Practices Top Performer’ because we know it’s based on our own performance, and compared to other small, rural hospitals who are working just as hard as we are to deliver quality care to their patients and community,” Bishop added.

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