Dallas County Hospital has won the HealthStrong Award for excellence in patient satisfaction, hospital officials have informed the Chief.

The award is granted annually by iVantage Health Analytics, Inc., a Maine-based corporation helping health care providers control the quality of their services and fine tune their operations for efficiency and profitability.

The award means the Dallas County Hospital ranks in the top 25 percent of all acute care hospitals in the nation in terms of patient satisfaction.

"We are very excited to be recognized as a top performer by iVantage," said Matt Wille, Dallas County Hospital CEO.

Small and rural hospitals play a critical role in providing effective healthcare comparable to care at larger urban hospitals.

"Our physicians, nurses and staff are dedicated to providing the best patient experience to every patient, every time. It reflects the patient-centered work we are doing here at Dallas County Hospital every day."

iVantage Health announced the latest HealthStrong Award winners in October at the annual meeting of the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health held in Asheville, N.C.

The HealthStrong Awards are based on the Hospital Strength Index, a nationwide grading system developed by iVantage to assess hospitals based on several marketplace measures.

The Hospital Strength Index ranks more than 4,400 general acute care hospitals in the US, including some 1,300 critical access hospitals. The Index is based on eight performance categories, measuring 56 different performance metrics.

The Index offers hospital executives, trustees and boards of directors an objective way to measure their relative performance internally and among their peers.

"Rural hospitals have new and difficult demands that can only be managed with better information," said John Morrow, executive vice president of iVantage Health Analytics.

"The Hospital Strength Index reflects the multiple challenges of running a hospital by incorporating the measures on which the industry has worked to gain consensus and standardization," he said.