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      Kimball Health Services Receives 2019 Performance Leadership Award in Quality

      As part of National Rural Health Day, Kimball Health Services today announced it has been recognized by The Chartis Center of Rural Health and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in quality. Based on the results of the Hospital Strength INDEX from iVantage Health Analytics, the Performance Leadership Awards reflect top quartile performance among all rural hospitals in the United States in the areas of quality, outcomes or patient perspective.

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      As part of National Rural Health Day, Kimball Health Services today announced it has been recognized by The Chartis Center of Rural Health and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in quality. Based on the results of the Hospital Strength INDEX from iVantage Health Analytics, the Performance Leadership Awards reflect top quartile performance among all rural hospitals in the United States in the areas of quality, outcomes or patient perspective.

      “To be recognized in the top 25 percent in the nation for quality is indeed an honor,” said Ken Hunter, CEO at Kimball Health Services. “Every day, our staff demonstrates our commitment to delivering quality care and it’s nice to see them be recognized for their work.”  

      The Hospital Strength INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. Leveraging data from publicly available data sources, the INDEX aggregates data from 50 rural-relevant metrics across eight pillars of performance. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2020, the INDEX serves as the data foundation for a number of industry-leading rural recognition programs and legislative initiatives.

      “National Rural Health Day has come to symbolize not just the vital role healthcare providers play in rural communities, but the dedication and hard work that goes into overcoming the unique healthcare challenges that exist across rural America,” said Teryl Eisinger, Chief Executive Officer, NOSORH. “We are proud of the work of the State Offices of Rural Health, their partners and rural hospitals do to improve care across the nation.”

      Kimball Health Services is a non-profit rural Nebraska hospital, owned by the citizens of Kimball County and committed to providing quality, patient-centered care. The hospital and on-campus clinic in Kimball and the clinic in Pine Bluffs, Wyo. offer state-of-the-art technology, access to specialty referral sources and a warm, caring environment. Services include hospital outpatient care, inpatient care, surgery, a 24-hour emergency room, multiple specialty clinics and service to the local nursing home.

      Kimball nurse graduates quality improvement program, shares a local perspective

      A Kimball Health Services nurse is among the first 20 graduates of a new program focusing on improving the quality of care delivered by Nebraska’s hospitals.

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      Kimball nurse graduates quality improvement program, shares a local perspective

      KHS Director of Quality and Case Management Laura Bateman of Kimball (center) was one of 20 graduates of the Nebraska Hospital Association’s new Quality Improvement Residency Program. 

      A Kimball Health Services nurse is among the first 20 graduates of a new program focusing on improving the quality of care delivered by Nebraska’s hospitals.

      Laura Bateman, RN-BSN, director of quality and case management at KHS, says the year-long residency program by the Nebraska Hospital Association (NHA) helps hospital quality leaders in the state better understand the role of quality and performance management.  According to NHA, the Quality Improvement (QI) Residency Program provides a collaborative learning environment focused on mentoring and networking for hospital quality personnel to develop empowered statewide leaders. For her part, Bateman says the course gave her the chance to learn from others and in turn share quality improvement projects in Kimball with her counterparts across the state. For example, during Bateman’s eight-year tenure as director of quality improvement at KHS, she and other hospital leaders have worked hard to expand patient services and improve patient care by heading off diseases and conditions before they become more serious. “We’ve moved preventative care – vaccinations, use of medications, testing – to a wider range of patients by addressing it in the clinic setting,” Bateman said.  “We’re touching more patients sooner in the disease process and hopefully helping them avoid an acute admission to the hospital.”   

      Offering additional services and expanding the clinic’s hours from 7 am to 6 pm are other examples of quality improvement KHS has made in the last several years, Bateman said.  Others include increasing the availability of general surgery, dermatology, dietary services and cardiac care.  More recently, the hospital has grown its “swing bed” transitional care program, invested in improved digital imaging equipment and expanded its outpatient treatment room services, including Dr. Timo Quickert’s non-narcotic pain clinic and new reconstructive plastic and hand surgery services by Dr. Bill Wyatt. 

      “Each service line that we provide requires a team approach from admissions, billing, purchasing, nursing, medical staff and ancillary services to happen,” Bateman said.  “The safety of our patients and staff are of utmost importance, and I look forward to continuing to help foster a safe, effective environment for patient care.”

       

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