Contact: Thomas Hottman
Independent study group ranks it top 1
By NORA AVERY-PAGE
H&N Staff Reporter
Sky Lakes Medical Center was named one of the top 100 community hospitals by a top health care publication earlier this week.
Becker's Hospital Review, a respected industry journal, published the top 100 list Wednesday; Sky Lakes is one of only three Oregon hospitals to make the list.
Hospital spokesman Tom Hottman said the ranking represents independent, third-party validation of much hard work by all the hospital staff, as well as the hospital's commitment to patient care and safety. The honor also highlights Sky Lakes' goal of not only treating patients, but encouraging overall health for patients and the Klamath Basin community, Hottman said.
"It all goes back to the quality of care and the sincerity of care," he said.
The list, "100 Great Community Hospitals," is based on hospitals' accolades, quality and service to their communities, the website says; each hospital has fewer than 550 beds and minimal teaching programs.
The publication explains that the list was chosen by the Becker's Hospital Review editorial team, based on rankings and awards from iVantage Health Analytics, Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters), CareChex, and the American Hospital Association. iVantage awards include Healthstrong Hospitals — which are hospitals in the top tier of iVantage's Hospital Strength Index rankings — and the Top 100 Critical Access Hospital list, which indicates the hospital performs as well or better at the median overall than the full census of all U.S. general acute-care hospitals in clinical and operational performance and financial and qualitative outcomes; inclusion on Truven Health Analytics' 100 Top Hospitals list also factored in.
"This 176-bed community-owned hospital serves a population of 120,000 in South Central Oregon and northeastern California. In fact, it is the only hospital in its 10,000-square-mile area. Sky Lakes Medical Center earned the Joint Replacement Excellence Award from Healthgrades in 2014 — it regularly reports zero infections for its 300-plus joint replacement cases each year," the listing reads.
The 100 hospitals are listed alphabetically, and not ranked within those 100. Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford and Salem Hospital are also included in the list.
But Sky Lakes is the smallest hospital of the three to achieve the honor, as well as the only one east of the Cascades, Hottman pointed out.
Last year, Sky Lakes president and CEO Paul Stewart was also included in Becker's "300 Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know."