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Sky Lakes receives national recognition for performance leadership

Hospital news | Thursday, November 15, 2018

Contact: Thomas Hottman

Sky Lakes Medical Center has been recognized by The Chartis Center of Rural Health and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in the “Outcomes” category, reflecting top quartile performance among all rural hospitals in the nation.

“Sky Lakes is certainly honored to receive this recognition,” said Paul Stewart, Sky Lakes Medical Center’s president and chief executive officer.

This is the fourth award from a nationally recognized organization in the past month for Sky Lakes.

“There is no better illustration of the value of hospitals such as Sky Lakes provide to their communities than the annual identification and recognition of the top performers,” Stewart said. “Being named as among the best in this way validates the hard work of everyone at Sky Lakes and the ‘can-do’ spirit of Klamath Falls.”

The Performance Leadership Awards are determined each year using iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength Index, the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. Using data from public data sources, the Strength Index aggregates data from 50 rural-relevant measurements across eight pillars to derive a single overall percentile rating for rural and community hospitals. The Performance Leadership Awards spotlight top performance in the areas of Quality, Outcomes and Patient Perspective.

“We commend Sky Lakes and this year’s other recipients who are working diligently to provide quality care within their communities,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader, The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

About NOSORH: The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) was established in 1995 to assist State Offices of Rural Health in their efforts to improve access to, and the quality of, health care for America’s 61 million rural residents. NOSORH supports the development of state and community rural health leaders; helps create state, regional and national partnerships that foster information sharing and spur rural health-related programs and access to quality health care services in rural communities.

About Chartis: The Chartis Group® provides comprehensive advisory services and analytics to the health care industry. The Chartis Center for Rural Health (CCRH) was formed in 2016 to offer tailored services, performance management solutions, research and education to rural hospitals and facilities.

About Sky Lakes: Sky Lakes Medical Center is a not-for-profit, community-owned, internationally accredited acute-care teaching hospital dedicated to the people it serves. It is licensed for 176 beds and offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient services, a home health agency, and a variety of primary care and specialty physician clinics. The Sky Lakes family also includes the award-winning Sky Lakes Cancer Treatment Center and Center for Total Joint and Spine Care, and Cascades East Family Medicine Residency.