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Parmer Medical Center ranked in top 25 rural hospitals

Five of the eight Texas hospitals affiliated with Preferred Management Corporation were recognized nationally and at the state level in 2017 for outstanding achievement in operations, quality and patient satisfaction.

Kimble Hospital, Junction, Texas, and Collingsworth General Hospital, Wellington, Texas, were named among Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals in the U.S., for overall performance and patient satisfaction, respectively.

Culberson Hospital, Van Horn, Texas, and Kimble were recognized in the top 25 percent of all rural and community hospitals nationwide for quality of care, while Coleman County Medical Center, Coleman, Texas, Parmer Medical Center, Friona, Texas, and Collingsworth ranked in the top 25 percent of all rural and community hospitals in the U.S. for patient satisfaction.

“I could not be more proud of our physicians, advanced practice providers, and hospital and clinic staff for their accomplishments,” said Andy Freeman, president and chief executive officer of Preferred. “This type of recognition lets them know their hard work has paid off in terms of patient satisfaction and quality of patient care – our highest priorities.”

Kimble and Collingsworth were two of the three Texas hospitals named to the list of Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals by the National Rural Health Association for overall performance; Kimble was the only Texas hospital to achieve Top 20 status.

The top 100 performing Critical Access Hospitals were identified by the National Rural Health Association through the “Hospital Strength INDEX,” the first nationwide hospital rating system to evaluate rural and Critical Access Hospitals.

Hospitals in the top quartile of all U.S. facilities were announced by the Texas State Office of Rural Health. This ranking is also based on the Hospital Strength INDEX.

The INDEX was developed by iVantage Health Analytics, Inc., a privately held health care business intelligence and technology company, and uses market share, cost, charge, quality, outcomes, patient satisfaction and financial stability data to compare and quantify overall hospital performance.

“The challenges faced by rural hospitals are overwhelming, and success in the face of these challenges is a testament to the hard work, commitment and positive attitudes or our staff,” noted Freeman. “During this holiday week, I am truly thankful for each staff member.”

Preferred is a Shawnee, Oklahoma, based operator of Critical Access Hospitals located in Oklahoma and Texas. The company has served rural communities in the region for 30 years.