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Friday, December 09, 2011 - Michigan Center for Rural Health Honors Kalkaska Memorial

Kalkaska Memorial Health Center Support Services Director Connie Farrier, second
from left, and Chief Operating Officer Sheila Atwood are presented Michigan
Center for Rural Health Awards by agency officials.

Michigan Center for Rural Health Honors Kalkaska Memorial


Hospital recognized for patient safety, transfers, and outpatient performance

Efforts to promote patient safety and enhance care resulted in triple recognition for Kalkaska Memorial Health Center from the Michigan Center for Rural Health.

The hospital was recognized for outstanding performance in patient safety, excellence in Emergency Department transfer performance, and quality improvement in outpatient clinical performance.

The Michigan Center for Rural Health has issued awards for the past three years as a means to honor hospitals for embracing evidence-based medicine to advance systems and processes and improve the quality and safety of health care delivered to patients.

Kalkaska Memorial Health Center Chief Operating Officer Sheila Atwood said the recognition offers area residents a measurement of the quality of care offered at the hospital every day.

“We value the feedback we receive from our patients and their families and view this recognition as a way for them to be assured of the quality care they will find here,” Atwood said. “Our staff does a great job each and every day and we’ll continue to work hard to maintain the confidence of our patients and the community.”

Michigan Center for Rural Health Executive Director John Barnas said the award of excellence for the hospital’s Emergency Department transfers represented a score of 98-100 percent.

“This award was based on seven transfer measures,” he said. “We looked at their performance during the fourth quarter of 2010 and the first quarter of 2011.”

The clinical outpatient recognition was based on seven outpatient clinical measures, while the patient safety recognition resulted from an evaluation of the hospital’s patient safety initiative outlined in a report to the center.

The Michigan Center for Rural Health is a non-profit organization formed in 1991 as part of a nation-wide, federal and state initiative to recognize the importance of rural health care and to create a mechanism for resources to flow to rural areas.

Kalkaska Memorial Health Center is located at 419 S. Coral St. in Kalkaska.