Hospital Celebrates 65 Years With Top 100 Designation

MARYSVILLE ­– Community Memorial Healthcare (CMH), Marysville, is pleased to celebrate its sixty-fifth anniversary by announcing the hospital has again been recognized as a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital for 2023. Compiled by The Chartis Center for Rural Health, the Top 100 annual recognition program honors outstanding performance among the nation’s rural hospitals based on the results of the Chartis Rural Hospital Performance INDEX™.

Due to a commitment to delivering the best patient care and outcomes while remaining financially efficient, CMH has been recognized for the past seven years after first achieving the national Top 100 recognition in 2016.

Since first opening its doors on March 2, 1958, CMH has endeavored to maintain a reputation for quality care and up-to-date equipment and facilities. For the past 65 years, CMH staff and administration have strived to live up to that reputation.

“Customer service is truly at the heart of health care at CMH,” said CMH chief executive officer Curtis Hawkinson. “Our commitment is to serve our community with respect, compassion and excellence 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. This commitment is not empty words ­­– it is a way of life for every one of our staff as we strive to provide patient-centered care for everyone who walks in ours doors.”

“Across the nation, top 100 rural providers continue to serve as a source of inspiration for hospital leadership teams and staff working diligently every day to improve the delivery of care within their local communities,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader, the Chartis Center for Rural Health. “The list of award winners in each category is as geographically diverse as we’ve seen in some time, which is wonderful to see. We’re thrilled to be able to honor the outstanding efforts of these top performing rural hospitals.”

“Repeatedly achieving this recognition is very gratifying,” said Hawkinson. “I am extremely pleased that our staff is again being recognized for continually delivering top-rated care so our patients don’t have to travel from their home communities for the treatment they expect and deserve.”

Now in its 13th year, the Chartis Rural Hospital Performance INDEX has established itself as the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. Leveraging publicly available data, the INDEX is trusted by rural hospitals, health systems with rural affiliates, hospital associations and state offices of rural health across the country to measure and monitor performance across a variety of areas impacting hospital operations and finance.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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