Montrose, Delta Hospitals

Montrose, Delta Hospitals

Montrose, Delta Hospitals are tops in nation for rural hospitals

Of 100 rural community hospitals named as tops by the National Rural Health Association, Montrose and Delta’s facilities stand, with Sterling Regional MedCenter, as Colorado’s lone honorees.

Montrose Memorial Hospital and Delta County Memorial Hospital were named to the top 100 list for 2017 by the NRHA’s Rural Health Policy Institute, iVantage Health Analytics and The Chartis Center for Rural Health. The ranking is based on expanded research presented by The Chartis Group’s 2017 “Rural Relevance Study: Vulnerability to Value.”

Montrose and Delta’s hospitals were ranked as top performers based on risk management, quality metrics, patient satisfaction and operating costs, according to the report, as described in a news release from Delta County Memorial Hospital.

“This significant achievement is a testament to the success of our hospitals and better care for our communities,” Montrose Memorial Hospital Steve Hannah said in a statement provided in a news release. “I’m proud of our employees and the leadership from our board of directors.”

Hannah also congratulated Delta Memorial Hospital, which is working with MMH to improve regional health care through the San Juan Accountable Care Organization. They are launching a joint community health needs assessment.

“As a community, we can be proud of our hospital, which is really a system of people, and their focus on quality for all patients without regard for how they pay,” Ron Courtney, chairman of the Montrose Memorial Hospital Inc. board, said in the MMH news release. “Safe, quality care for all is the foundation of our hospital culture and this outside recognition demonstrates that MMH is achieving the objective of financial stability while providing outstanding care. My hat is off to the entire team.”

According to MMH, is the second year each hospital one a spot on the list. Additionally, Jason Cleckler, CEO of DCMH was named one of the “Top 60 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know” in the country by Becker’s Hospital Review. He is to be featured in the Review’s March issue.

“It is an honor to receive this recognition.” Cleckler said in a news release from DCMH. “I believe it speaks to the great team we have here at DCHM and our continued commitment to providing quality care to the community we serve. Our progressive approach to improving our hospital is paying dividends, and I appreciate the efforts of the entire team.”

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After growing up surfing in Florida, Mike Shimkonis decided to give higher ground a try and settled in Colorado over 25 years ago, first in Vail, then moving to Telluride in 1993. Prior to working with Telluride Properties, he was a senior sales and marketing executive for the Vail and Telluride ski companies.

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