News Seton Edgar B. Davis a Top Rural Critical Access Hospital

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KANSAS CITY, MO. - (Oct. 8, 2012) - Seton Edgar B. Davis in Luling is among the top 20 rural hospitals in the U.S. according to the "Quality Index," a rating of hospital performance based on comparisons of five categories of patient care measures.

The Caldwell County hospital is among the top hospitals announced during the National Rural Health Association's (NRHA's) Critical Access Hospital Conference in Kansas City. Apryl Haynes, Seton Edgar B. Davis' senior director of nursing, was in attendance to accept the award on the hospital's behalf.

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"It is very rewarding to see our associates and physicians be recognized for the remarkable job that they do for our patients and our community. I am fortunate to work with such dedicated people," said Neal Kelley, Seton Edgar B. Davis vice president and chief operating officer. "This award speaks to the commitment that we have made to bring the highest quality of health care to Caldwell County and to do so in a family-sensitive manner."

Critical access hospitals that have achieved success in one of three key areas of performance, based on iVantage Health Analytics tabulation, were announced at the annual meeting attended by rural hospital leaders from every state. The other two categories were patient perspective and financial stability.

One other rural Texas hospital, Big Bend Regional Medical Center in Alpine, also was recognized in the Quality category.

"NRHA is committed to ensuring our members have the best information to manage their hospitals," said Brock Slabach, NRHA membership services vice president. "In this era of transparency and accountability, NRHA is pleased to recognize the accomplishments of these hospitals."

NRHA is a nonprofit organization working to improve the health and well-being of rural Americans and providing leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communications, education and research. NRHA membership is made up of 21,000 diverse individuals and organizations, all of whom share the common bond of an interest in rural health.

iVantage Health Analytics, Inc. is a privately held health care business intelligence and technology company. The company is a leading provider of information products serving an expansive health care industry. iVantage integrates diverse information with innovative delivery platforms to ensure customers' timely, concise and relevant strategic action.

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