By: Brookings Health System

BROOKINGS – Today, on National Rural Health Day, Brookings Health System was again recognized by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) and The Chartis Center of Rural Health with a 2018 Performance Leadership Award in the quality and outcomes categories. 

The award reflects top quartile performance among all rural hospitals in the nation. 

“As an organization, we’re truly honored to receive NOSORH’s Performance Leadership Award for the second consecutive year,” CEO Jason Merkley said. “Our team works together to deliver high-quality, compassionate, personalized health care to our community. Our commitment to patient outcomes and experience is echoed by awards like this.”

The rankings for 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. 

Leveraging data from public data sources, the INDEX aggregates data from 50 rural-relevant metrics across eight pillars to derive a single overall percentile rating for all Critical Access Hospitals and Rural & Community Hospitals. The Performance Leadership Awards spotlight top performance in the areas of quality, outcomes and patient perspective.

“National Rural Health Day provides the ideal opportunity to spotlight the power of rural and recognize those facilities excelling in quality, patient satisfaction and outcomes,” said Michael Topchik, national leader, The Chartis Center for Rural Health. “We’re thrilled to partner with NOSORH on this program and commend this year’s recipients who are working diligently to provide quality care within their communities.”

Earlier this year Brookings Health System was recognized as one of the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the nation by The Chartis Center for Rural Health placing. More information about Brookings Health System’s care quality can be found at 

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