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National Rural Health Day honors for GRH

Hospital news | Friday, November 13, 2015

Contact: Mardi Ford

In honor of National Rural Health Day on November 19th, Grande Ronde Hospital, Inc. (GRH) shares news from the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health (NOSORH) and iVantage Health Analytics. GRH has been honored with recognition in overall excellence in Financial Strength based upon its rank in the top quartile performance among all acute care hospitals in the nation.

Grande Ronde Hospital has been locally owned and operated since 1907 and is one of the few remaining independent, community-owned hospitals in Oregon. Jim Mattes, President/CEO of Grande Ronde Hospital for the past 31 years, states: “I believe local health care decisions are best for the overall health of our community. During my 41 years as a hospital chief executive officer (CEO), it has been my privilege to guide Grande Ronde Hospital through some of the biggest changes and most important decisions in health care.

Conservative fiscal decisions made at the local level are the strongest foundation we can have to ensure that governance of our community hospital remains in the hands of our friends and neighbors, not by a faceless board of a huge system several states away. I can’t think of a more fitting honor for Rural Health Day than being recognized for our financial strength.

The rankings have been designated by the Hospital Strength INDEX™, the industrys most comprehensive and objective assessment of hospital performance. In partnership with NOSORH, iVantage Health Analytics developed a data-driven program designed to identify excellence across a broad spectrum of indicators relevant to hospital performance and patient care.

The Hospital Strength INDEX captures performance metrics for more than 4,000 acute care hospitals, including over 1,300 rural and Critical Access Hospitals. Leveraging data from public data sources, INDEX aggregates data from 66 individual metrics into three major categories and ninepillars to derive a single strength overall rating for each facility.

These top quartile performers should take great pride in this recognition. It showcases their commitment to continuous performance analysis and improvement. On this occasion of National Rural Health Day, its an honor to celebrate their achievement as they continue to serve their communities despite the many market, regulatory and financial pressures they face,” said Michael Topchik, senior vice president of iVantage Health Analytics in the notification received by GRH.


Grande Ronde Hospital, Inc. is a not-for-profit, Critical Access Hospital health system dedicated to providing quality health care services. Comprised of a broad range of diagnostic, surgical and therapeutic outpatient services, a Level IV Trauma Emergency Services Department, a Family Birthing Center, Rehabilitation Therapy Services, and Home Care Services covering both home health and hospice, as well as 11 clinics—the Walk-In Clinic, the Children’s Clinic, the Women’s Clinic, the Regional Medical Clinic, the Hematology and Oncology Clinic, the ENT Clinic, the Sleep Clinic, the Ortho Clinic, the Elgin Clinic, the Union Clinic, and the Urology Clinic. For more information, please visit

The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) was established in 1995 to assist State Offices of Rural Health in their efforts to improve access to, and the quality of, health care for Americas 61 million rural citizens. NOSORH enhances the capacity of SORHs to do this by supporting the development of state and community rural health leaders; creating and facilitating state, regional and national partnerships that foster information sharing and spur rural health-related programs/activities; and enhancing access to quality healthcare services in rural communities.

iVantage Health Analytics is a leading business analytic and advisory services company a unique combination of technology, content, and expert advisory services accelerates decision making for the new healthcare. For more information please visit

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