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Spencer Hospital Named One of the Nation’s Top Community Hospitals for 4th Consecutive Year

Spencer Hospital has again been named one of the Top 100 Rural and Community Hospitals in the United States, earning the designation for the fourth consecutive year. The nation’s top rural hospitals are recognized annually by the Chartis Center for Rural Health. Regarded as one of the industry’s most significant designations of performance excellence, the annual Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals award is based upon the results of the Hospital Strength INDEX® developed by iVantage Health Analytics. “Our medical staff and healthcare team have demonstrated yet again the quality and consistency of their performance year over year,” said Bill Bumgarner, Spencer Hospital president. “I’m pleased that their exceptional work and commitment is being recognized among the top 100 communityhospitals in the nation for the fourth straight year.”

Spencer Hospital and the community hospital in Fort Dodge are the only hospitals in Iowa to be recognized in all four years that the Chartis Center has recognized mid-sized rural community hospitals for excellence.

Dr. Brea Schmidt and child patient playing with tablet at hospital

New tablets help put young Spencer Hospital patients’ minds more at ease

Spencer Hospital’s younger patients now have a way to better relax when visiting. The Spencer Regional Healthcare Foundation recently approved the purchase of Amazon Kindle Fire Kids Edition tablets, each loaded with games, books, videos and movies. Kids now can play with the tablets while at the hospital for surgery and other services. “It started with Dr. Brea Schmidt, one of our pediatric dentists here in town, making the comment to Matt Cooper, (the hospital’s) director of surgical services, that she’s noticed in her work with kids that those who have electronic devices just seem more calm when they are going into surgery,” said Mindy Gress, executive director of the Spencer Regional Healthcare Foundation. “They’re maybe distracted a little bit more than others who don’t.”

Cooper brought the idea to the foundation.