SMITH CENTER, Kan. – Smith County Memorial Hospital was named by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the top 67 critical access hospitals to know. The national publication put out its annual list last week.
“We’re thrilled to be recognized by a publication like Becker’s,” said Allen Van Driel, CEO. “We know we have an excellent team and it is always nice to have outside groups recognize that as well.”
Hospitals mentioned in the list are known for clinical quality and excellence in care. They are often pillars in their communities, providing access to healthcare for a broad population.
In addition to the inclusion the Becker’s list, in February, SCMH has was honored among the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the nation for 2019 by The Chartis Center for Rural Health/iVantage Health Analytics. Facilities on the Top 100 list are excelling in managing risk, increasing patient satisfaction and operating at a lower cost than similar facilities.
“Critical access hospitals play an important role in our rural communities,” Van Driel said. “Without access to high-quality healthcare, many of our communities would fade away. We know our patients have a choice in their healthcare and we want to support a rural quality of life as well as participate in the economic growth of our area.”
By definition, critical access hospitals have 25 or fewer inpatient beds and an annual average length of stay is 96 hours or less. They also provide emergency care 24/7 and are located in remote areas.
“Our team is always striving to exceed expectations,” Van Driel said. “While they may not see as many patients as facilities in urban areas, our providers must be trained to handle a multitude of situations and care for a diverse population. I’m extremely proud of the team at SCMH for their excellence in care and their compassion for our patient community.”