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CHELAN – On Tuesday, the Washington State Hospital Association recognized Columbia Basin Hospital as part of its Critical Access Hospital Achievement of Quality Excellence program and honored Lake Chelan Health with a special award.

Columbia Basin Hospital is one of 13 Critical Access Hospitals recognized by WSHA at the 2024 Rural Hospital Leadership Conference to be held at Campbell’s Resort.

Critical access hospitals are facilities with 25 or fewer beds that are located more than 35 miles from another hospital, have an average length of stay for acute patients of 96 hours or less, and provide 24-hour emergency care.

Columbia Basin Hospital and the other 12 hospitals that received awards submitted data on up to 14 quality improvement measures, including workplace violence, diagnostic excellence, sepsis and health disparities. To be recognized by the WSHA program, Columbia Basin Hospital had to achieve an average score of five out of 10 eligible measures.

“The Critical Access Hospital Achievement of Quality Excellence program demonstrates the commitment of our smallest and most rural hospitals to serving their communities,” said Darcy Jaffe, senior vice president of safety and quality at WSHA, in a news release. “Their commitment to improvement exemplifies the spirit of safety and quality in patient care.”

At the conference, Lake Chelan Health was recognized with the Rural Quality Everyday Extraordinary Award for its overall quality score.

The Aggregate Quality Score measures organization-wide quality by balancing contract management, externally reported performance metrics, policy compliance, patient satisfaction, and the ability to maintain high quality standards.

“This program is a bold undertaking and a testament to Lake Chelan Health’s commitment to excellence,” Jaffe said.