Hayes Green Beach recognized as top rural hospital

The National Rural Health Association named HGB as one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals out of 1,300 in America. In addition, the hospital was recently recognized for outstanding performance in patient safety, and received three Quality Improvement Awards of Excellence for inpatient and outpatient clinical performance, as well as emergency department transfers, by the Michigan Center for Rural Health.

HGB is one of only two hospitals in Michigan that made the Top 100 list, along with Clinton Memorial Hospital in St. Johns, Mich. The top 100 scored best on the Hospital Strength Index, which compares hospitals based on financial, value-based and market-driven performance.

According to the index, a Strong Hospital has:

  • Dominant market share with growing demand
  • Less direct competition in the local market
  • Outstanding quality and safety programs
  • Loyal, satisfied patients
  • Efficient and appropriately priced services
  • Strong balance sheet with surplus capital

This was the first year smaller, rural hospitals, including Critical Access Hospitals, were included in the assessment. Critical Access Hospitals are acute care facilities certified to receive cost-based reimbursement from Medicare.

The MCRH Patient Safety Award recognizes initiatives that best exemplify effective application and effort to improve patient care delivered within Critical Access Hospitals. This is the first year MCRH offered this award. It is the third year MCRH offered Quality Improvement Awards of Excellence.

These awards acknowledge quality improvement efforts in inpatient clinical performance in the care and treatment of heart failure and pneumonia; outpatient clinical performance in the care and treatment of chest pain; and improving care related to emergency department transfers.

"Hayes Green Beach has shown exceptional commitment to providing their patients with high quality health care," said John Barnas, executive director of the Michigan Center for Rural Health. "We are pleased to sponsor this award and recognize the dedication of hospital staff to provide the right care to the right patient each and every time."

"These kinds of recognition validate the efforts HGB makes to ensure consistent, quality care is delivered 100 percent of the time," said Matt Rush, FACHE, HGB president and CEO. "It takes every single person on our team to carry out our goals to promote a healthy, vital community."

Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital has been the community’s choice for health care for more than 75 years. HGB is committed to working together in health to provide quality care and enhance the vitality of the community. It has expanded its vision beyond providing traditional hospital services to one that promotes health and well-being through AL!VE. Learn more about HGB at www.hgbhealth.com and AL!VE at www.myalive.com.