Medical center in eupora is named the top small rural hospital in mississippi.
Wtvas nicole dantzler attended the hospital's award ceremony today and joins us live with why this recognition is significant... this is the third time this hospital received this award.
A small, rural hospital like this receiving an award is important because it shows that hospitals can overcome challenges that cause some to shut down..
"demonstrates to other small rural hospitals of how critical they are to serve in a community and that they as a small rural hospital, despite its size, offers a lot to the community."
The mississippi hospital association awarded the north mississippi medical center in europa as the top small rural hospital in mississippi.
The hospital is one of 60 small rural hospitals in the state.
President and ceo of north mississippi health services, shane spees, said receiving this award is important because small rural hospitals all over northeast mississippi and in the state are disappearing.
He says the number one reason is because some people do not have health insurance coverage...meani ng a lack of access to the healthcare system.
Spees also mentions that reimbursements and payments to hospitals from payment sources like medicaid and medicare have decreased..
Lastly regulations put a financial and administration burden on hospitals like this one.
"there are tons of regulations that place a significant administrative burden and cost on already struggling small rural hospitals."
Doctor sue simmons says the award validates the staffers' work and motivates them to continue providing excellent care.
"there are always days when you feel like is it really worth it' and even though your patients tell you it is it's always nice to have people from the outside tell you "yes you're doing a great job keep it up."
The mha nominated the hospital based on patient "there are always days when you feel like is it really worth it' and even though your patients tell you it is it's always nice to have people from the outside tell you "yes you're doing a great job keep it up."
The mha nominated the hospital based on patient satisfaction, quality and safety, financial performance and any new services.
As part of innovation, this hospital has tele-health services, where a patient can meet with specialized doctors through video.
Live in eupora nicole dantzler wtva nine news..
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