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For release: May 21, 2014

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Lodi Community Hospital Honored with Quality Care Distinction
National Rural Health Association Cites Quality Best Practices

Lodi Community Hospital, a member of the Akron General Health System, is a recipient of the Quality Best Practices distinction as designated by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA).  The award will be conveyed at the upcoming October meeting of the NRHA Critical Access Hospital Conference in Kansas City, Missouri.  The Best Practice in Quality Index designation is a rating of hospital performance based on the percentile rank across the five categories of the Hospital Compare process of care measures.

“We are pleased to receive this Best Practice in Quality Award from the NRHA,” said Thomas Whelan, President, Community & Specialty Hospitals, Akron General Health System. “This outstanding designation is indicative of the high level of attention paid to delivering the very best care to patients.  It is a testament to the commitment to caring shown by everyone at Lodi Community Hospital.”

Lodi Community Hospital is a Critical Access Hospital (CAH), a hospital certified under a set of Medicare Conditions of Participation that are structured differently than the acute care hospital. Some of the requirements for CAH certification include having no more than 25 inpatient beds; maintaining an annual average length of stay of no more than 96 hours for acute inpatient care; offering 24-hour, 7-day-a-week emergency care; and being located in a rural area. The limited size and short stay length allowed to CAHs encourage a focus on providing outstanding care for common conditions and outpatient care, while referring other conditions to larger hospitals.

Lodi Community Hospital offers patients spacious, modern, hotel-like private rooms with individually controlled temperature and lighting settings.  In addition, patients can take advantage of walk-in showers and the experience open and light-filled rooms with large windows that bring in natural light. Patient rooms are configured to ensure caring for the patient is made easier and safer for patients, families and caregivers. 

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About the National Rural Health Association
NRHA is a nonprofit organization working to improve the health and well being of rural Americans and providing leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communications, education and research. NRHA membership is made up of 21,000 diverse individuals and organizations, all of whom share the common bond of an interest in rural health. For more information, visit

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