St. Martin Hospital Receives National Recognition for Performance Leadership in Patient Perspective


Breaux Bridge, LA, November 21, 2017 – On National Rural Health Day, November 16th, St. Martin Hospital was recognized by The Chartis Center for Rural Health/iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in patient perspective, reflecting top quartile performance among all rural hospitals in the nation. 
 “We are extremely grateful for this award as it is a testament to the hard work provided by our staff, “ said Karen Wyble, CEO, St. Martin Hospital. “We look forward to the continuation of improving the quality of healthcare provided to residents in our community. 

The rankings are determined each year using iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX®, the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. In partnership with NOSORH, iVantage Health Analytics has developed a data-driven program designed to identify excellence across a broad spectrum of indicators relevant to hospital performance and patient care. The Hospital Strength INDEX captures performance metrics for all rural and Critical Access Hospitals. Leveraging data from public data sources, INDEX aggregates data from more than 50 individual metrics into three major categories and eight pillars to derive a single strength overall rating for each facility. 

“On this important day, as we celebrate the power of rural, it’s great to recognize these top performers who are excelling in managing risk, achieving higher quality, securing better outcomes, increasing patient satisfaction, or operating at a lower cost than their peers,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader of the Chartis Center for Rural Health. “These leaders serve as a benchmark for other rural facilities as they strive to achieve similar results and provide a blueprint for how to successfully run a hospital and serve their communities amidst today’s uncertainty and mounting pressures.” 

The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) was established in 1995 to assist State Offices of Rural Health in their efforts to improve access to, and the quality of, health care for America’s 61 million rural citizens. NOSORH enhances the capacity of SORHs to do this by supporting the development of state and community rural health leaders; creating and facilitating state, regional and national partnerships that foster information sharing and spur rural health-related programs/activities; and enhancing access to quality healthcare services in rural communities.

About The Chartis Group
The Chartis Group (Chartis) is a comprehensive advisory and analytics services dedicated to the healthcare industry. Chartis provides strategic planning, value-based care, advanced performance, informatics and technology consulting services as well as leading-edge decision support tools to the country’s leading healthcare providers. The Chartis Center for Rural Health (CCRH) was formed in 2016 to offer tailored services, performance management solutions, research and education to rural hospitals and facilities. Learn more at 

About iVantage Health Analytics, a subsidiary of The Chartis Group
A subsidiary of The Chartis Group, iVantage Health Analytics (iVantage) is a leading provider of healthcare analytic and performance management analytic tools. Health system and hospital leadership teams across the country rely on the company’s software and services to deliver customized insights on clinical and financial performance, strategic planning, market assessment and payment optimization. iVantage’s analytics are the basis of continuing thought leadership and insight in the areas of healthcare policy and research.

About St. Martin Hospital
Opened in 1969 as a focal point for healthcare in St. Martin Parish.   St. Martin Hospital (SMH) is dedicated to taking care of the health needs of the people in the communities of St. Martin Parish and beyond.  Formerly known as Gary Memorial Hospital, the name was changed to St. Martin Hospital as of September 18, 2000.  The hospital began its affiliation with Lafayette General Medical Center (LGMC) at that time.

SMH is a 25-bed critical access hospital, which maintains a staffed 24-hour emergency department, including a staffed physician, as well as state-of-the-art imaging equipment, including a CT scanner, MRI and digital mammograms. Outpatient services include radiology, lab-testing, respiratory therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, infusion and Coumadin services as well as physical, occupational and speech therapy, including pediatric therapy.

On July 1, 2001, St. Martin Hospital became a critical access facility.  In 2009, St. Martin Hospital was fully managed by Lafayette General Medical Center, Acadiana's largest full-service acute care hospital. This affiliation not only brought stability to health care within the parish, but also allowed for an extension of medical services and an expansion of medical care to the people of St. Martin Parish.

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For more details about iVantage Health Analytics or to schedule an interview, please call Billy Balfour, at 207-245-6761 or email More information about the Hospital Strength INDEX can be found at

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