Essentia Health St. Mary's-Detroit Lakes has been recognized by The Chartis Center of Rural Health and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) for Overall Excellence in Outcomes, reflecting top quartile performance among all rural hospitals in the nation. This award was announced on National Rural Health Day, Nov. 15, 2018.

"We are honored to receive this award. Our award-winning performance is made possible through the combined efforts of our excellent medical providers and support staff," says Essentia Health St. Mary's-Detroit Lakes President Peter Jacobson. "Being recognized for the high quality of care we provide is evidence of our constant focus to make a healthy difference in people's lives."

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The Performance Leadership Awards are determined each year using the industry's most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. Performance is assessed across more than 50 individual indicators and eight pillars of performance to determine the top performers. The Performance Leadership Awards recognize Quality, Outcomes and Patient Perspective.

"National Rural Health Day provides the ideal opportunity to spotlight the power of rural and recognize those facilities excelling in Quality, Patient Satisfaction and Outcomes," said Michael Topchik, National Leader, The Chartis Center for Rural Health.