Ashe Memorial Hospital Recognized with 2019 Performance Leadership Award in Outcomes

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January 3, 2020
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January 3, 2020
Ashe Memorial Hospital Recognized with 2019 Performance Leadership Award in Outcomes


Jefferson, NC January 3, 2020 – As part of National Rural Health Day, Ashe Memorial Hospital today announced it has been recognized by The Chartis Center of Rural Health and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in Patient Outcomes. Based on the results of the Hospital Strength INDEX from iVantage Health Analytics, the Performance Leadership Awards reflect top quartile performance among all rural hospitals in the United States in either Quality, Outcomes or Patient Perspective.


“Ashe Memorial is honored to receive this recognition,” said Brian Yates, Ashe Memorial Hospital’s chief executive officer.  “There is no better illustration of the exceptional level of care provided by our staff than having our performance in patient outcomes receive national recognition. “    


The Hospital Strength INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. Leveraging data from publicly available data sources, the INDEX aggregates data from 50 rural-relevant metrics across eight pillars of performance. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2020, the INDEX serves as the data foundation for a number of industry-leading rural recognition programs and legislative initiatives.


“National Rural Health Day has come to symbolize not just the vital role healthcare providers play in rural communities, but the dedication and hard work that goes into overcoming the unique healthcare challenges that exist across rural America,” said Teryl Eisinger, Chief Executive Officer, NOSORH. “We are proud of the work of the State Offices of Rural Health, their partners and rural hospitals do to improve care across the nation.”


“Each year, National Rural Health Day serves as a terrific backdrop for celebrating the power of rural and recognizing rural providers who continue to demonstrate an unwavering commitment to delivering quality care within their communities,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader, The Chartis Center for Rural Health. “We are delighted to be recognizing these top quartile performers in partnership with NOSORH.”


Ashe Memorial Hospital is a unique Critical Access Hospital.  Functioning as a 25 bed inpatient facility as well as a 12 bed emergency department, that offers many services. These services include: a 24/7 hospitalist program, an orthopedic, an oncology/chemotherapy, a rural health clinic and employed physician practices.  As an organization, they are also heavily involved in community events throughout the year.  Ashe Memorial Hospital also functions as a food pantry in partnership with Ashe Sharing Center, for their patients.




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 America’s 57 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.


About The Chartis Group

The Chartis Group® (Chartis) provides comprehensive advisory services and analytics to the healthcare industry. With an unparalleled depth of expertise in strategic planning, performance excellence, informatics and technology, and health analytics, Chartis helps leading academic medical centers, integrated delivery networks, children’s hospitals and healthcare service organizations achieve transformative results. Chartis has offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, New York, Minneapolis and San Francisco. For more information, visit

For more details about The Chartis Center for Rural Health, contact Billy Balfour, at 207-245-6761 or email More information about the Hospital Strength INDEX can be found at