Becker’s Hospital Review recently recognized Myrtue Medical Center as one of its “62 Critical Access Hospitals to Know.” This is the third year Becker’s has published a list recognizing outstanding critical access hospitals from more than 1,300 critical access hospitals in the nation. Myrtue Medical Center received the honor all three years.
The hospitals included on this list serve a variety of regions across the United States. Due to their predominantly rural locations, these organizations play a crucial role in the health and well-being of their respective communities.
Becker’s selected the 62 outstanding critical access hospitals based on rankings and awards from respected organizations, including iVantage Health Analytics, Healthgrades, the National Rural Health Association, Truven Health Analytics, Women’s Choice Award, the Leapfrog Group and Medicare star ratings. The team also considered the hospital’s community impact and reputation for innovation. Myrtue Medical Center was also recognized in 2017 as a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital for the past 6 years by iVantage Health Analytics and Hospice Honors for the past 2 years by Delta-Analytics.
“I am proud to be part of this healthcare community that gives quality, personal care. I’ve always felt the care we give to patients is exceptional, and it is nice to to be recognized for our positive outcomes and quality measures,” stated Dr. David Bendorf, General Surgeon at Myrtue Medical Center.
Myrtue Medical Center announced the addition of Nicole Thomas, MSN, MHed., ARNP, PMHNP-BC, a Behavioral Health Nurse Practitioner. Nicole will join Myrtue on July 31, 2017.
Nicole Thomas received her Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Allen College. For the past three years, Nicole has worked as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Plains Area Mental Health Center. In addition, Nicole worked as a registered nurse in the Mental Health Unit for Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo, IA. Nicole’s hours at Behavioral Health will be Monday and Tuesday, 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. and Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (via Telehealth).
“I was born and raised in Le Mars, IA. I love small town living and enjoying life’s simplicities. I have always had a devoted interest in mental health and whole body wellness. Psychiatry is truly my passion and I feel blessed and honored to serve the individuals within Shelby County and the Myrtue Medical Center community,” said Nicole Thomas.
MMC and Behavioral Health are committed to excellence and providing the most up-to-date, evidence-based practices in the field of mental health and substance abuse. Behavioral Health offers a wide variety of services provided by highly qualified and committed staff. “We at MMC Behavioral Health are eager to have Nicole join our expanding team. She brings with her experience, energy, and passion for mental health and helping those in need. Nicole is committed to providing much needed behavioral health services to rural Iowa residents. She will not only bring enthusiasm and energy to the clinic, Nicole will also be offering extended hours at the Behavioral Health department 3 evenings a week,” said Deb Meissner, Behavioral Health Director.