THE PULSE OF MCCH
Morrill County Community Hospital Receives $400,000 Grant for Cutting-Edge Diagnostic Tool from Helmsley Charitable Trust
Bridgeport, NE – Patients at Morrill County Community Hospital will soon benefit from access to the latest computed tomography (CT) diagnostic technology made possible through a grant from The Leona
M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Rural Healthcare Program.
Helmsley has awarded Morrill County Community Hospital $400,000 for a new 64-slice CT scanner. CT scanners provide essential diagnostic images of structures inside the body. A new CT scanner will allow for faster scans that produce high-quality images, allowing medical staff to quickly determine health status and course of treatment while giving patients access to up-to-date healthcare technology close to home.
“Morrill County Community Hospital would like to thank the Helmsley Charitable Trust for the grant funds needed for a new 64-slice CT scanner. This project will help us exceed the expectations of those we serve by providing quality diagnostic studies close to home. We strive to help our patients, to the best of our ability, in providing the standard of care for services they need without traveling a great distance which is often an expensive inconvenience for them. The updated technology in the new scanner will enable us to enhance our patient care thanks to the Helmsley Charitable Trust grant,” said Robin Stuart, CEO.
Morrill County Community Hospital is one of 41 grant recipients across the region to benefit from this round of funding to purchase CT scanners. Helmsley’s Rural Healthcare Program has granted over $30 million to support the purchase of new, 32-slice or higher CT scanners in a seven-state region. “Our goal is to ensure that people who live in rural America have access to quality healthcare as close to home as possible,” said Walter Panzirer, a trustee of the Helmsley Charitable Trust. “To achieve this, rural hospitals need to be viable and they need to have up-to-date equipment, so patients can receive essential healthcare services locally. This initiative is one of many that aims to improve healthcare access and health outcomes across the upper Midwest.”
The funding initiative was the result of a survey of Critical Access Hospitals in the Rural Healthcare Program’s seven-state funding region. Capital equipment, particularly CT scanners, was identified as a top need by many hospitals. In addition, a new Medicare policy went into effect January 1, 2016, that reduced reimbursement for certain studies on CT scanners that do not meet specific radiation dose requirements. Since 2015, the Helmsley Charitable Trust has awarded 78 grants totaling over $30 million to outfit hospitals with new, state-of-the-art CT scanners.
About the Helmsley Charitable Trust
The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust aspires to improve lives by supporting effective nonprofits in health, select place-based initiatives, education and human services. Since 2008, when Helmsley began its active grantmaking, it has committed more than $1.8 billion for a wide range of charitable purposes. Helmsley’s Rural Healthcare Program funds innovative projects that use information technologies to connect rural patients to emergency medical care, bring the latest medical therapies to patients in remote areas, and provide state-of-theart training for rural hospitals and EMS personnel. To date, this program has awarded more than $300 million to organizations and initiatives in the upper Midwest states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Minnesota, Iowa and Montana. For more information, visit www.helmsleytrust.org.
Morrill County Community Hospital Clinical Laboratory Department
Recognized for Quality Laboratory Services
Morrill County Community Hospital Clinical Laboratory Department has met all criteria for Laboratory Accreditation by COLA, a national healthcare accreditation organization. Accreditation is given only to laboratories that apply rigid standards of quality in day-to-day operations, demonstrate continued accuracy in the performance of proficiency testing, and pass a rigorous on-site laboratory survey. MCCH Clinical Laboratory Department has earned COLA accreditation as a result of a long-term commitment to provide quality service to their patients.
COLA is a nonprofit, physician-directed organization promoting quality and excellence in medicine and patient care through programs of voluntary education, achievement, and accreditation.
COLA is approved by the federal government and sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Association, and the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine.
Morrill County Community Hospital
Receives National Recognition for Excellence in Financial Strength
November 17, 2016 – The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) and iVantage recognize Nebraska as having 53 hospitals reach top quartile performance status in Quality, Outcomes, Patient Satisfaction, and Financial Strength compared to all acute care hospitals in the nation.
The rankings have been determined through the Hospital Strength INDEX, the industry’s most objective and comprehensive assessment of rural hospital performance. In partnership with NOSORH, iVantage Health Analytics has developed this data-driven program to identify excellence across a broad spectrum of indicators relevant to hospital performance and patient care.
Leaders from rural health communities across the U.S. celebrate National Rural Health Day and recognize the tremendous accomplishments that have been achieved in rural healthcare this year. Michael Topchik, National Leader of the recently established Chartis Center for Rural Health, commented, “Rural providers play such a critical role as the safety net for rural America. As we celebrate National Rural Health Day gives us the opportunity to spotlight the great value and importance of rural and critical access hospitals, particularly important as these facilities face unprecedented challenges.”
26 Rural Hospitals are recognized for “Excellence in Financial Strength” – Top quartile performers in the Financial Stability pillar of INDEX (Leverage, Liquidity, Capital Efficiency, and Resource Availability).
ANNIE JEFFREY MEMORIAL COUNTY HEALTH CENTER - OSCEOLA
AVERA ST ANTHONYS HOSPITAL - O’NEILL
BOX BUTTE GENERAL HOSPITAL - ALLIANCE
BRODSTONE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL - SUPERIOR
BUTLER COUNTY HEALTH CARE CENTER - DAVID CITY
CHERRY COUNTY HOSPITAL - VALENTINE
CHI HEALTH GOOD SAMARITAN - KEARNEY
COLUMBUS COMMUNITY HOSPITAL COMMUNITY MEDICAL CENTER, INC - FALLS CITY
FAITH REGIONAL HEALTH SERVICES - NORFOLK
FREMONT HEALTH MEDICAL CENTER GREAT PLAINS HEALTH - NORTH PLATTE
HENDERSON HEALTH CARE SERVICES JEFFERSON COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER - FAIRBURY
JM MELHAM MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER - BROKEN BOW
MEMORIAL COMMUNITY HOSPITAL & HEALTH SYSTEM - BLAIR
MEMORIAL HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS - SEWARD
MORRILL COUNTY COMMUNITY HOSPITAL - BRIDGEPORT
NEMAHA COUNTY HOSPITAL - AUBURN
NIOBRARA VALLEY HOSPITAL - LYNCH
PENDER COMMUNITY HOSPITAL PHELPS MEMORIAL HEALTH CENTER - HOLDREGE
SIDNEY REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
ST FRANCIS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL - WEST POINT
VALLEY COUNTY HEALTH SYSTEM - ORD
YORK GENERAL HOSPITAL
The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) was established in 1995 to assist State Offices of Rural Health in their efforts to improve access to, and the quality of, health care for America’s 61 million rural citizens. NOSORH enhances the capacity of SORHs to do this by supporting the development of state and community rural health leaders; creating and facilitating state, regional and national partnerships that foster information sharing and spur rural health-related programs/activities; and enhancing access to quality healthcare services in rural communities.
About iVantage Health Analytics
iVantage Health Analytics (iVantage) is a leading provider of healthcare analytic and performance management analytic tools. Health system and hospital leadership teams across the country rely on the company’s software and services to deliver customized insights on clinical and financial performance, strategic planning, market assessment and payment optimization. iVantage’s analytics are the basis of continuing thought leadership and insight in the areas of healthcare policy and research. iVantage is a subsidiary of The Chartis Group, a national advisory services firm dedicated to the healthcare industry, which recently established the Chartis Center for Rural Health. Learn more at iVantageHealth.com.