Clark Regional recognized as one of top rural, community hospitals

Published 2:53 pm Tuesday, March 21, 2023

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Bourbon Community Hospital and Clark Regional Medical Center have been recognized in the 2023 Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital. Compiled by The Chartis Center for Rural Health, this annual recognition program honors outstanding performance among the nation’s rural hospitals based on the results of the Chartis Rural Hospital Performance INDEX™.

“We are honored to receive this recognition as a community-based facility,” said Matt Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Clark Regional Medical Center in Winchester. “We take pride in the relationships we build with our patients and families, so this award honoring clinical operations in a rural setting is exciting.”

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Tommy Haggard, Chief Executive Officer at Bourbon Community Hospital in Paris said, “It is nice to be recognized as one of two facilities in Kentucky to be deemed a Top 100 Rural Hospital. Our sister facility in Winchester, which is only 20 minutes away, is the only other facility in the state to receive this honor. Bourbon Community and Clark Regional share several employees and physicians between the two hospitals, so clinical excellence at the heart of the communities is integrated into both teams.”

“Across the nation, top 100 rural providers continue to serve as a source of inspiration for hospital leadership teams and staff working diligently every day to improve the delivery of care within their local communities,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader, the Chartis Center for Rural Health. “The list of award winners in each category is as geographically diverse as we’ve seen in some time, which is wonderful to see. We’re thrilled to be able to honor the outstanding efforts of these top-performing rural hospitals.”

Now in its 13th year, the INDEX has established itself as the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. Leveraging publicly available data, the INDEX is trusted by rural hospitals, health systems with rural affiliates, hospital associations and state offices of rural health across the country to measure and monitor performance across a variety of areas impacting hospital operations and finance.