“Engaging our patients, partners, and community members is crucial to understanding the needs of our patients and ensuring the continued success of our hospital,” Simmons said.
DCMH has also gathered important, useful data on community needs through a Community Health Needs Assessment, McDowell added.
CAH hospitals are also defined, in part, by the amount of charity or uncompensated care they provide each year. For DCMH, those amounts are substantial. “We wrote off more than $2 million in care in 2012,” McDowell said. “And we wrote off an additional $7 million in uncollected accounts.”
McDowell stressed that Thursday’s award presentation is being held to give recognition to DCMH employees, without whom such an award wouldn’t be possible.
“It’s because of the hard work of our employees we’re able to maintain our standard of excellence and our relationship with the community; they made this award possible,” she said. “We want to give people a chance to step away from their desks and celebrate this accomplishment, and to see the plaque.”
According to the press release, the Indiana State Office of Rural Health will present the award in the DCMH Conference Center on behalf of the NRHRC, with hospital staff and local and state officials in attendance.
In January, the award will be featured NRHRC’s newsletter. DCMH, the release states, is the first hospital in Indiana given the Critical Access Hospital Recognition Award. More, including DCMH, only five hospitals in the nation received the award in 2013.
For more information or questions about DCMH’s Critical Access Hospital Recognition Award, contact Lynzee McDowell at 663-1228 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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