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Fort Kent hospital named one of the top rural community hospitals in the country

Community Author: Joanne Fortin
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FORT KENT —  The National Rural Health Association has announced that Northern Maine Medical Center (NMMC) has been named one of the Top 20 Rural Community Hospitals in the United States for the third consecutive year. NMMC is the only hospital in the state of Maine who has earned this distinction. The ranking was based on an evaluation conducted by The Chartis Center for Rural Health using iVantage Health Analytics.

NMMC will be recognized at a national awards ceremony during NRHA’s Rural Health Innovation Hospital Summit on May 9 in Atlanta, Georgia. The hospital will also hold a celebration at home to honor the work of all employees whose efforts made this recognition possible.

“NRHA is committed to ensuring our members have the best information to manage their hospitals, and we’re pleased to recognize the accomplishments of these rural community hospitals,” said Brock Slabach, NRHA membership services senior vice president.

Peter Sirois, NMMC president and CEO said, “We are so proud of the efforts of our entire organization who have contributed to our hospital achieving this designation, not only once or even twice, but for a third consecutive year. NMMC’s outstanding employees are what make the exceptional care possible for our patients. Our results as a top healthcare provider means our community can count on us to deliver the services they need now and in the future.”

He also said that a successful transformation of healthcare depends on the engagement of truly remarkable individuals who share a common vision to make a difference in the lives of those in their care.

“NMMC is among the facilities honored most often,” said Donna Douglas, educational services manager for NRHA.

The determining factors necessary to be recognized as one of the Top 20 Rural Community Hospitals were based on inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspectives, costs, charges and financial stability. In order to be named for consecutive awards, hospitals must not only meet the requirements but they must maintain exceptionally high quality standards across eight pillars of excellence in order to earn the distinction for consecutive years.

The NRHA is a national nonprofit membership organization with more than 20,000 members. The association’s mission is to provide leadership on rural health issues. NRHA membership consists of a diverse collection of individuals and organizations, all of whom share the common bond of an interest in rural health.

To learn more about NMMC’s many services, to make a donation or to learn about volunteer opportunities, visit www.nmmc.org and “like” us on Facebook.