Lafayette Regional Health Center in Lexington, Missouri was recently named one of the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) for Best Practices in Quality in the country.

The Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals, including Lafayette Regional Health Center, scored best among critical access hospitals on iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength Index™ for Best Practices in Quality. The rankings were recently announced by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA). An awards ceremony will be held during NRHA’s Critical Access Hospital Conference in September in Kansas City, Mo.

The Top 20 Critical Access Hospital “winners” are those hospitals who have achieved success in the overall performance based on a composite rating from eight indices of strength: inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspectives, costs, charges and financial stability. This group was selected from iVantage’s Top 100 CAH list, released earlier this year.

Those hospitals that have been recognized as Top 20 Critical Access Hospital “best practice recipients” have achieved success one of two key areas of performance:

Quality index: A rating of hospital performance based on the percentile rank across the five categories of Hospital Compare Process of Care measures.

Patient perspective index: A rating of hospital performance based on the percentile rank on two Hospital Compare HCAHPS measures (“Overall Rating” and “Highly Recommend)”.

“Lafayette Regional Health Center is proud of the efforts of its physicians and staff who have contributed to our hospital achieving this designation,” said Darrel Box, CEO. “Our results as a top in Best Practices in Quality means our community can count on us to deliver the services they need now and in the future.”