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July 1--  A national magazine which covers healthcare news has named Meadows Regional Medical Center in Vidalia to its list of "100 Great Community Hospitals."

"When an industry trade publication picks you out from among the 5,000 hospitals in the country as being one of the Top 100, that's always a cause for celebration and we appreciate the recognition," says Meadows CEO Alan Kent.

{mosimage}Becker's Hospital Review says its list is "based on hospitals' quality of care and service to community."  The hospitals on the list have fewer than 550 beds and minimal teaching programs, and are often located in rural areas as the only hospitals in their communities. Whether independent or part of a larger health system, the  hospitals have worked with limited resources to continually provide the quality of care and the experience patients expect.

The Becker's Hospital Review editorial team selected community hospitals based on rankings and awards from iVantage Health Analytics, Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters), Healthgrades and The Joint Commission. Nominations for the list were also considered.

Here's what the magazine had to say about Meadows:

"Meadows Regional Medical Center (Vidalia, Ga.). Founded in 1963 as the Dr. John M. Meadows Memorial Hospital, the state-of-the-art 194,000-square-foot Meadows Regional Medical Center opened in 2011. Located 88 miles west of Savannah, Ga., the new 64-bed facility features a large emergency department with 22 trauma, diagnostic and treatment rooms, as well as a modern cardiac catheterization lab. In 2013, the hospital received a Patient Safety Excellence Award from Healthgrades."

Kent says the selection on Meadows has more to do with its people.

"It really has a lot to do with the folks we have there.  You can't just have a pretty building.  You've got to be producing the results that puts you in the Top 100.  When you put it all together, it's really the people that make the difference and not just the beautiful facility," he says.

The CEO also notes special challenges facing rural hospitals like Meadows,

"There are a lot of urban and suburban hospitals which have the advantages of a lot of things going on.  When you get to the more rural areas, hospitals are struggling generally nationwide.

"You have fewer insured patients and a lot more patients don't have easy access so when they come to hospitals they're really very sick.  A lot of them haven't had good continuity at care.  In building what we're trying to build at Meadows, we're trying to address all those issues.  We feel that quality healthcare shouldn't be a problem just because you choose to live in a beautiful rural area like Toombs County," Kent says.