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HMH celebrates national ranking

HMH CEO Debra Wright delivers remarks Aug. 17 during an event to mark the hospital's top 20 national ranking.

By John R. Schirmer

News-Leader staff

Howard Memorial Hospital had plenty to celebrate Thursday afternoon, Aug. 17.

HMH has been named one of the top 20 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States after being picked for the top 100 list.

CEO Debra Wright displayed the hardware that goes along with those designations – two blue plaques resting on a table in front of her during the public celebration in the hospital lobby.

Wright thanked the community for supporting Howard Memorial. She also extended her appreciation to Howard Health Systems, the board of directors, the HMH Foundation board of directors, auxiliary members and the hospital staff.

Wright thanked those who donate to Howard Memorial and said that the 2023 Gala “was one of the most successful ever.” Proceeds went toward the hospital’s robotic surgery program.

HMH was first named to the top 100 Critical Access list on the basis of data from three areas – market share, value and finances. Metrics applied to those areas gave the hospital a composite score of 98.6 percent and a top 100 ranking. 

From there, patient satisfaction, quality of care and overall service led to the top 20 national ranking.

“We’re thrilled to be here in the top 20,” Wright said. “It’s a privilege and an honor.”

Hospital staff, area residents and public officials attended the event, including Howard County Judge Brent Pinkerton and Nashville Mayor Larry Dunaway.

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