Good Shepherd Receives Performance Leadership Award


As part of the National Rural Health Day celebration last week, Good Shepherd Health Care System today announced it has been recognized with a 2022 Performance Leadership Award for Excellence in Outcomes.

Compiled by The Chartis Center for Rural Health, the Performance Leadership Awards honor top quartile performance (e.g., 75th percentile or above) among rural hospitals in Quality, Outcomes and Patient Perspective.

“I could not be prouder of our healthcare workers at Good Shepherd – this recognition is for them,” said GSHCS Vice President of Nursing Brian Patrick. “Top performance in measured outcomes is another steppingstone to becoming a top Critical Access Hospital in the country.”

The Performance Leadership Awards are based on the results of the Chartis Rural Hospital Performance INDEX™, the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. INDEX data is trusted and relied upon by rural hospitals, health systems with rural footprints, hospital associations and state offices of rural health across the country to measure and monitor performance across several areas impacting hospital operations and finance.

Good Shepherd earning such excellence in outcomes is directly tied to lower re-admission and mortality rates.

“An example of the work we have been doing to achieve these top metrics, is closely-tracking hospital-wide readmission rates and improving communication with patients and their families to ensure our patients have the support and resources needed when they leave our doors,” said Patrick.

“This is a testament to the compassion and commitment of our healthcare professionals and entire support teams to deliver the best patient outcomes possible and fulfill our mission: to improve the health of our community,” said Patrick.

Rural hospitals have remained strong despite the recent healthcare crisis.  “Although the last two years have placed unprecedented pressure on the rural health safety net, the dedication to serving the community that we’re so accustomed to seeing from rural hospitals across the country hasn’t wavered,” said Michael Topchik of The Chartis Center for Rural Health. “Let us celebrate the power of rural on National Rural Health Day and honor the facilities working tirelessly to provide access to high quality healthcare services to their communities.”

For more information about The Chartis Center for Rural Health and the Chartis Rural Hospital Performance INDEX, visit