Lafayette Regional Health Center—part of HCA Midwest Health, the Kansas City region’s leading healthcare provider—was recently named a Best Practice: Quality Critical Access Hospital as determined by The Chartis Center for Rural Health. The award was presented last month at the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) Critical Access Hospital conference in Kansas City.

One of 40 Best Practice Critical Access Hospital recipients, and the only in Missouri, Lafayette Regional Health Center achieved success in Quality as based on the percentile rank across rural-relevant process of care measures by the Hospital Strength INDEX® results.

“NRHA is committed to ensuring our members have the best information to manage their hospitals,” says Brock Slabach, NRHA membership services senior vice president. “And we’re pleased to recognize the accomplishments of rural hospitals like Lafayette Regional Health Center.”

“Lafayette Regional Health Center is proud to receive this Best Practice: Quality award from the NRHA,” says Lafayette Regional Health Center Chief Executive Officer Darrel Box. “This achievement reflects the excellent, high-quality patient care our talented, dedicated and compassionate team strives to provide every day. As a top-rated Critical Access Hospital that maintains an efficient and effective facility—and the only in Missouri to receive the designation—the community can trust Lafayette Regional Health Center for the best possible healthcare.”

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