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CCMH Recognized as a Top Performing Critical Access Hospital

March 21, 2019

CARROLLTON, Mo. – Carroll County Memorial Hospital was recognized as a Top Performing Critical Access Hospital by Missouri Hospital Association (MHA) for achieving 100 percent compliance in Emergency Department Transfer Communication (EDTC) criteria.

According to MHA, while emergency care is important in all hospitals, the emergency department is particularly important in critical access hospitals, where the distance to urban tertiary care centers makes the effective triage, stabilization and transfer of patients an area of focus.

Emergency Department transfer communication measures allow critical access hospitals to show how well they carry out their important stabilize-and-transfer role for rural residents, MHA stated.

Communication problems are a major contributing factor to adverse events in hospitals. Research indicates that deficits exist in the transfer of patient information between hospitals and primary care physicians, and between hospitals and long-term facilities.

CCMH was judged on 27 different data elements including vital signs, reason for transfer, nursing notes and test results.

As of the fourth quarter of 2018, CCMH achieved 100 percent compliance in the ALL EDTC composite score, putting them in the top performers list of critical access hospitals in Missouri and the nation.

“This criteria sets a standard for complete communication between facilities to ensure the patient has the best continuation of care,” Deborah Smith, CCMH Director of Emergency Services, said.

For more information about the services at Carroll County Memorial Hospital, visit our website or call 660-542-1695.

Carroll County Memorial Hospital (CCMH), the area’s premier healthcare resource, is a 25-bed Critical Access facility serving Carrollton and the surrounding communities. It offers 24-hour emergency care, specialized services such as advanced diagnostics, post-acute skilled care (swing bed) and comprehensive family care. CCMH is dedicated to the Health and Well Being of All We Serve. For more information, visit