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February 07. 2013 10:45PM

Plymouth's Speare Memorial honored for excellence


Michelle McEweN 

PLYMOUTH - Speare Memorial Hospital has been honored with the National Rural Health Resource Center's Quality award for excellence and innovation in health care.

Speare officials say the hospital was the only critical access hospital in New Hampshire and one of eight nationwide to receive the award.

The hospital was nominated for the award by Greg Vasse from the Foundation for Healthy Communities and Alisa Druzba from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Rural and Primary Health.

The nomination was based on the hospital's demonstration of excellence in quality initiatives, its participation in publicly reporting hospital quality outcomes, and innovation in improvements through patient engagement and care transitions, Speare officials said in a news release.

"We greatly appreciate the state recognizing and nominating us for this award," said Speare President and CEO Michelle McEwen. "(The award) honors the work our employees do every day to provide excellent health care to our community, and their commitment to high-quality, personalized patient care through continuous process improvement."

Druzba said Speare has gone beyond other hospitals.

"Speare is voluntarily reporting its results to Hospital Compare and the federally administered Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and System Survey, which is not required of critical access hospitals this time," she said. "Speare maintains its position among the top-tier performers in New Hampshire across all metrics reported."

The hospital is a 24-hour, acute care, nonprofit community hospital and health-care provider serving Plymouth and the communities of central New Hampshire.


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