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Ozarks Medical Center Named a 2018 Top 100 Rural and Community Hospital in the United States

Ozarks Medical Center Named a 2018 Top 100 Rural and Community Hospital in the United States

Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) in West Plains, Mo., was recently named one of the Top 100 Rural and Community Hospitals in the United States by The Chartis Center for Rural Health. This is the second year that OMC has earned this distinction, with the first being in 2017. OMC and Mercy Hospital in Washington, Mo. were the two hospitals in the state of Missouri to receive this award.

“This achievement is very gratifying and validates our daily commitment to providing the best health care possible to our community, while maintaining an efficient and effective facility,” said Tom Keller, OMC President and CEO.

OMC scored in the top 100 of rural and community hospitals on iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX®. The INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural provider performance and its results are the basis for many of rural healthcare’s most prominent awards, advocacy efforts and legislative initiatives. The list of the Top 100 Rural and Community Hospitals can be found at www.ivantageindex.com/top-performing-hospitals.

The Top 100 Rural and Community Hospitals play a key role in providing a safety net to communities across America – and the INDEX measures these facilities across eight pillars of hospital strength: Inpatient Share Ranking, Outpatient Share Ranking, Cost, Charge, Quality, Outcomes, Patient Perspective, and Financial Stability.

“The Hospital Strength INDEX provides a true benchmark for helping rural providers to better understand performance levels and identify areas of improvement. When we look across the spectrum of rural-relevant INDEX indicators, the Top 100 Rural and Community Hospitals are establishing a new standard for how to deliver higher quality care to their communities despite an unpredictable healthcare environment,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader of The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

About Ozarks Medical Center

Ozarks Medical Center is a not-for-profit health care system employing over 1,200 people and serving an eight-county area in south central Missouri and north central Arkansas. OMC is accredited by the Joint Commission for health care. A locally-owned and operated system founded in 1959, OMC provides the rare combination of advanced medicine and compassionate care one can only get at home. The medical staff consists of more than 100 active members with specialties in allergy, anesthesiology, cardiology, cancer treatment, family practice, geriatrics, gynecology, internal medicine, neurology, neurosurgery, obstetrics, orthopedics, pain management, pathology, pediatrics, podiatry, psychiatry, pulmonology, radiology, rheumatology, surgery, sleep medicine, urology, wound care, and more.

OMC is a system of care encompassing a 114-bed acute care hospital, eight primary care clinics located in Alton, Gainesville, Mammoth Spring, Mountain Grove, Mountain View, Thayer, West Plains and Winona, and fifteen specialty clinics, along with complete rehabilitation and home care services.

About The Chartis Group
The Chartis Group® (Chartis) provides comprehensive advisory services and analytics to the healthcare industry. With an unparalleled depth of expertise in strategic planning, performance excellence, informatics and technology, and health analytics, Chartis helps leading academic medical centers, integrated delivery networks, children's hospitals and healthcare service organizations achieve transformative results. The Chartis Center for Rural Health (CCRH) was formed in 2016 to offer tailored services, performance management solutions, research and education to rural hospitals and facilities. Learn more at Chartisrural.com.

City of West Plains Mayor Jack Pahlmann congratulated Ozarks Medical Center on being named a Top 100 Rural and Community Hospital in the United States for the second year in a row. Pictured left to right: Pam Ream, Vice President of the OMC Medical Group; Kurt Abbey, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer; Tom Keller, President and CEO; Pahlmann; Pam Lee, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer; and Kim Thompson, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

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