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Hospital named one of 100 best in U.S.

By Staff | Nov 7, 2011

If you are looking for quality health care, you won’t have to go far to find it.

United Hospital District has received national recognition, again.

At its Critical Access Hospital conference held Sept. 28 in Kansas City, Mo., the National Rural Health Association named UHD among the Top 100 critical access hospitals in the country.

“It was a pleasant surprise. We had no idea this was being done,” says UHD administrator Jeff Lang.

He was referring to the first-ever comprehensive rating of the nearly 1,270 critical access hospitals nationally.

In addition to UHD, nine other medical facilities in Minnesota and 10 in Iowa made the Top 100 list.

Lang received word of the latest performance excellence designation by e-mail, two days after UHD’s board meeting.

Performance of the medical facilities was compared in 56 different areas, such as patient satisfaction and safety, financial, market share growth and other measures.

“It’s nice to receive recognition for the work we do, but none of us do this for the awards. We come to work to take care of our patients the best we can,” says Lang.

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