BOONE, Iowa—The Boone County Hospital was recognized Tuesday with the National Quality Award, presented by Kate Payne of the Iowa Department of Public Health. Payne works with the Medicare Flexibility Programs for rural hospitals, many like Boone are considered critical access. Payne said the Boone County Hospital is one of more than 80 in Iowa and there are 1,300 nationwide. She said her office reviewed the data from Iowa hospitals and decided to nominate the Boone County Hospital for it’s work on improving the quality of care for patients. The National Rural Health Resource Center selected the eight winners.
Howard Eikenberry is the Assistant Administrator for Quality, Patient Safety and Information Technology for the Boone County Hospital. Eikenberry accepted the award, and said that it represents the work of all the staff at the Boone County Hospital, working together to provide quality care for everyone. Joe Smith, Chief Executive Officer for the Boone County Hospital said he was particularly pleased with the award because it was unsolicited and came as a surprise.