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Fairview Hospital Named Top Critical Access Hospital
06:28PM / Wednesday, July 19, 2023
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Fairview Hospital was recently named one of the top 20 critical access hospitals for overall performance in the country.
The top 20 CAHs, including Fairview Hospital, an affiliate of Berkshire Health Systems, scored best as determined by the Chartis Center for Rural Health for Overall Performance. The rankings were recently announced by the National Rural Health Association. An awards ceremony will be held during the association's Critical Access Hospital Conference in September in Kansas City, Mo.
"Fairview Hospital's exceptional service to the South Berkshire community has been repeatedly recognized as a top 20 Critical Access Hospital," said Darlene Rodowicz, president and CEO of Berkshire Health Systems. "Fairview is a key part of our integrated system of care. The Critical Access Hospital designation gives Fairview the ability and resources to provide the highest standard of care in a rural setting."
The top 20 CAHs have achieved success in overall performance based on a composite rating from eight indices of strength: inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspective, cost, charge, and finance. This group was selected from the Chartis Center for Rural Health's 2022 top 100 CAH list, which was released earlier this year.
The top 20 CAH best practice recipients have achieved success in one of two key areas of performance:
Quality index: A rating of hospital performance based on the percentile rank across rural-relevant process of care measures.
Patient perspective index: A rating of hospital performance based on the percentile rank across all 10 HCAHPS domains.
"Fairview Hospital is proud of the efforts of the physicians and staff who have contributed to our hospital achieving this designation," said Anthony Rinaldi Jr., executive vice president of Fairview Hospital. "Our results as a Top 20 Critical Access Hospital means that all the members of our community can count on us to deliver the care they need close to home."
Fairview Hospital is a 25-bed federally designated Critical Access Hospital. It operates a 24-hour emergency department and offers range of inpatient and outpatient services to advance health and wellness. BHS is the county's largest employer, supporting more than 4,000 jobs in the region.
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