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Fairfield Memorial Hospital Honored for Excellence in Quality of Care and Top Performance

The Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN) recently recognized Fairfield Memorial Hospital for its ongoing commitment to exceptional quality of care, during a ceremony held November 14th at the I Hotel and Conference Center, Champaign, IL.

As part of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Program (MBQIP), Fairfield Memorial Hospital and other critical access hospitals were asked to voluntarily participate in four defined domains of quality outcomes. These four domains include: Patient Safety/Inpatient; Patient Engagement; Care Transitions; and Outpatient Measures.

“Often, in rural hospitals, having a devoted staff member to abstract and submit this data can be both time-consuming and burdensome,” said Angie Charlet, ICAHN Director of Quality, Educational Services, and Compliance. “This hospital realizes how important quality of care and an engaged staff is for its patients…From its top leadership on throughout the facility, each strives for continued quality on a daily basis, and that is what we are celebrating today.”

Fairfield Memorial Hospital was recognized for its quality of care outcomes (for participating in all measures in all four domains) and for demonstrating top performance over two quarters in any domain (as is demonstrated by a >95% quality score.

“At Fairfield Memorial Hospital our team strives to achieve this level of excellence in health quality,” said Katherine Bunting-Williams, Ph.D., CEO of Fairfield Memorial Hospital. “It is truly an honor for our team to be recognized for their dedication to delivering a healthcare experience that our patients, staff, and community can be proud of.”

ICAHN is a network of 55 small rural Illinois hospitals dedicated to strengthening the operations of its member hospitals through collaboration. The organization is composed of Illinois hospitals who have earned critical access hospital designation by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. ICAHN is recognized nationally for its work with rural healthcare and administers several state, federal, and private healthcare programs. The ICAHN office is located in Princeton, IL, and serves critical access hospitals across Illinois and is a nationally recognized state rural health network.