The Colorado Rural Health Center presented Yuma District Hospital with an award as one of the top five ranked Colorado CAHs on quality reporting and performance at the Annual Critical Access Hospital Workshop held in Colorado Springs, October 18.

Colorado Rural Health Center ranks the 31 critical access hospitals (CAHs) in Colorado on quality performance using inpatient, outpatient, HCAHPS, Emergency Department Transfer Communication (EDTC) and readmission reporting and performance, and which CAHs in the state performed significantly better than CAHs in the state and nation. The results are used to identify CAHs for the commitment to continuous quality improvement as witnessed by participation in Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Program(MBQIP) and Improving Communication and Readmission (iCARE) Collaborative.

Pictured above with the award recognizing Yuma District Hospital as one of the top critical access hospitals in Colorado are Bev Sanburg, Teri Mekelburg, Cindy Mulder, Megan Monk,
Carmen Veliz, and Cindy Killip. (Courtesy Photo)

The Colorado Rural Health Center (CRHC) is Colorado’s nonprofit State Office of Rural Health and is one of only three nonprofit offices of rural health in the country. CRHC works with Federal, state and local partners to offer services and resources to rural healthcare providers, facilities and communities. CRHC advocates for rural hospitals and clinics and featured Yuma District Hospital, Clinics, and community in one of their videos highlighting the issues of financial sustainability, agriculture-based economy, and the economic impact of Yuma District Hospital’s healthcare facility in Yuma. Along with several of Yuma District Hospital’s staff, physicians, CEO, and board president, the video included interviews with Dan Seedorf, Bank of CO, Chamber Director, Alice Metzler, and community member, David Blach. Policy makers and healthcare advocates were invited to attend the September 12 screening, providing policymakers with a first-hand look at healthcare access in our community and will inform their decisions about how to tackle these tough issues. CRHC features the videos on their website and will use them as educational tools throughout the year.