Piggott Community Hospital Recognized for Excellence

Thursday, November 8, 2012
Some of the staff members of the top-rated Piggott Community Hospital include, from left: Suzie Daffron, Paula Benbrook, Stacey Baldwin, Dr. Hillard Duckworth, Tonny Dement, Elaine Nixon, Lori Austin and Judy Nettles.

Piggott Community Hospital was recently rated at 100 percent on measures of care levels by the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care. Seventy-four hospitals statewide were included in the comparison, with only four reaching the top status. The recognition awarded places PCH at the top of all the 28 Arkansas Critical Access Hospitals. The findings were released after analysis of final data on discharges of patients across the state. A Critical Access Hospital is a community hospital serving a similar population area. The areas served by the facilities are primarily rural which requires 24-hour emergency facilities. While being awarded the top scores among CAH hospitals is an honor for the hospital, scoring better than all hospitals measured in the state is outstanding news for citizens of the area.

"For three years we have repeatedly maintained this level of achievement only due to the level of expertise and character of our doctors and clinicians," said James Magee, CEO of the facility. "We know that we maintain the highest of standards. Hard work and devotion to detail may not be detected by visitors or patients, they do, however, know how good care translates into a positive hospital experience. Our report card from the state of Arkansas is just proof of what we know to be true."

In a report published by the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care (AFMC) the average score for critical access hospitals in the state was 84.33 percent, far short of the perfect score of 100 percent achieved by Piggott Community Hospital. Critical access hospitals are community hospitals of 25 beds or less. PCH scored at the top of all the topics reviewed for hospitals in this category.

AFMC is the quality improvement organization in Arkansas, committed to improving care throughout the state and nation. AFMC is under contract with Medicare to monitor quality and quality improvement for the state of Arkansas. It is dedicated to educating Arkansans about their health and helping them get the care they need. Their efforts and the public access to results of their studies encourage health care organizations to maintain superior ethics, business practices and corporate responsibility.

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