PCH Earns Statewide Recognition

Thursday, March 28, 2013
Arkansas' Foundation for Medical Care announced that Piggott Community Hospital has ranked 100 percent once again compared to 72 hospitals in the state for quality of patient care. This is the fourth year that PCH has regularly reached the top level of hospital ratings when compared to all hospitals, both large and small. Pictured are, from left: Tammye Hendrix, RN, director of emergency services; James Magee, PCH executive director; Elaine Nixon, RN, education director and Stacey Baldwin, RN, assistant director of nursing.

Piggott Community Hospital once again has been rated at 100 percent on measures of appropriate care. In comparing the care patients receive in Arkansas hospitals, PCH was evaluated with 72 hospitals, both large and small. The recognition awarded included topping 26 Arkansas Critical Access Hospitals. The news was announced after analysis of final data on discharged patients, and the ranking was determined by the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care.

Critical Access Hospitals are community hospitals serving similar populations. The areas served in the facilities are rural with required 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 in the area.

"This is our fourth year to be recognized for this level of achievement," said James Magee, executive director of the facility. "We know that our doctors, clinicians and staff 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 statewide was 81.19 percent, far short of the perfect score of 100 percent for PCH. Only five hospitals on the whole were noted with similar results. "Locally, it may be hard for some to imagine that we are ranked in the best category, but it is true," said Magee. "We have an outstanding Level IV emergency facility, and the care throughout the hospital is second to none."

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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