VINTON – Today, on National Rural Health Day, Virginia Gay Hospital announced it has been recognized by The Chartis Center of Rural Health and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence for performance in the top quartile for patient outcomes for rural hospitals in the nation.

“I am pleased that we have once again been recognized for outstanding patient outcomes by the Chartis Center and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health,” said Mike Riege, CEO of Virginia Gay Hospital and Clinics. “It isn’t enough for rural hospitals to provide convenient access to care, the care patients receive must be cost-effective, safe, and result in positive outcomes for patients. Virginia Gay meets those tests of quality and we appreciate being recognized for the hard work of our entire staff.”

The Performance Leadership Awards are determined each year using iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX®, the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. Leveraging data from public data sources, the INDEX aggregates data from 50 rural-relevant metrics across eight pillars to derive a single overall percentile rating for all Critical Access Hospitals and Rural & Community Hospitals. The Performance Leadership Awards spotlight top performance in the areas of Quality, Outcomes and Patient Perspective.

“National Rural Health Day provides the ideal opportunity to spotlight the power of rural and recognize those facilities excelling in Quality, Patient Satisfaction and Outcomes,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader, The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

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