The Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN) recently recognized
Kirby Medical Center for its ongoing commitment to exceptional quality
of care, during a ceremony held November 14th at the I Hotel and Conference
Center, Champaign, IL.
As part of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Medicare Beneficiary
Quality Improvement Program (MBQIP), Kirby Medical Center and other critical
access hospitals were asked to voluntarily participate in four defined
domains of quality outcomes. These four domains include: Patient Safety/Inpatient;
Patient Engagement; Care Transitions; and Outpatient Measures.
“Often, in rural hospitals, having a devoted staff member to abstract
and submit this data can be both time-consuming and burdensome,”
said Angie Charlet, ICAHN Director of Quality, Educational Services, and
Compliance. “This hospital realizes how important quality of care
and an engaged staff is for its patients…From its top leadership
on throughout the facility, each strives for continued quality on a daily
basis, and that is what we are celebrating today.”
Kirby Medical Center was recognized for its quality of care outcomes(for participating in all measures in all four domains) and for demonstrating top performance over two quarters in any domain
(as is demonstrated by a >95% quality score).
“We are very proud of our team for achieving this level of excellence
in health quality,” said
Steve Tenhouse, CEO. “This is truly a team effort that recognizes our dedication to delivering
a healthcare experience that our patients and staff can be proud of.”
ICAHN is a network of 55 small rural Illinois hospitals dedicated to strengthening
theoperations of its member hospitals through collaboration. The organization
is composed of Illinois hospitals who have earned critical access hospital
designation by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. ICAHN is
recognized nationally for its work with rural healthcare and administers
several state, federal, and private healthcare programs. The ICAHN office
is located in Princeton, IL, and serves critical access hospitals across
Illinois and is a nationally recognized state rural health network.