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Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital Receives National Recognition

Hospital news | Monday, August 6, 2018

Contact: Lauren Brendel, M.S.

John Hill Recognized as a Rural Hospital CEO to Know

Bozeman Health is proud to announce three remarkable milestones. Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital has been named as a Top 20 Rural & Community Hospitals for 2018 by iVantage, included in Becker's Hospital Review Top 100 Community Hospital's List, and Bozeman Health president and CEO John Hill has been recognized as a Rural Hospital CEO to Know by Becker's Hospital Review.

According to Becker's Hospital Review, the list of top 100 community hospitals includes independent community hospitals as well as facilities affiliated with large health systems. Some hospitals serve expansive rural geographies, while others care for small communities outside of large cities. Many of the hospitals have been recognized for their clinical quality, operational excellence and economic impact on the surrounding areas. For the purposes of their list, Becker's defines a community hospital as a facility with no more than 550 beds.

The Becker's editorial team selected hospitals for inclusion based on several outside rankings and ratings organizations, including IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals, iVantage Health Analytics and The Chartis Center for Rural Health's Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals, CareChex ratings, Leapfrog Group grades, Healthgrades awards and CMS stars, among other considerations.

Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital's primary care practices were the first in the state to receive Level 3 medical home recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Additionally, the hospital was named among the Top 20 Rural & Community Hospitals for 2018 by iVantage. This means that Deaconess Hospital scored in the top 100 of rural and community hospitals on iVantage Health Analytics' Hospital Strength INDEX®. The INDEX is the industry's most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural provider performance and its results are the basis for many of rural healthcare's most prominent awards, advocacy efforts, and legislative initiatives.

The Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals play a key role in providing a safety net to communities across America – and the INDEX measures these facilities across eight pillars of hospital strength: Inpatient Share Ranking, Outpatient Share Ranking, Cost, Charge, Quality, Outcomes, Patient Perspective, and Financial Stability.

"The Hospital Strength INDEX provides a true benchmark for helping rural providers to better understand performance levels and identify areas of improvement. When we look across the spectrum of rural-relevant INDEX indicators, the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals are establishing a new standard for how to deliver higher quality care to their communities despite an unpredictable healthcare environment," said Michael Topchik, National Leader of The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

Bozeman Health is very proud to share that president and CEO John Hill was recognized in Becker's Hospital Review 50 Rural Hospital CEO's to Know for 2018. This is the second year in a row John has received this recognition. According to Becker's, the CEOs featured on this list have overcome significant challenges operating rural community and critical access hospitals to lead sustainable and thriving organizations. Many CEOs have served their institutions for decades, recruiting physicians, expanding services and implementing technology platforms to ensure the best care possible for their communities. The CEOs featured lead hospitals consistently recognized by the National Rural Health Association, American Hospital Association and HIMSS as top institutions; others sit on local chamber of commerce boards and serve state hospital associations.

John Hill is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, an active member of the Montana Hospital Association (MHA), is a 2018 Trustee at Large for MHA's Board of Trustees, and is a board member for Greater Gallatin United Way.