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Great Plains Health awarded disease specific certifications from CIHQ

Hospital news | Monday, March 7, 2022

Contact: Mary Roberts

North Platte, Neb., March 7, 2022 – Great Plains Health has been surveyed by the Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality (CIHQ) and has successfully met the requirements for Disease Specific Certification in Joint Replacement, as well as Disease Specific Certification in Primary Stroke. This certification reflects a hospital’s ability to provide evidence-based best practice to both of these patient populations.

“CIHQ is arguably the most rigorous accrediting body that exists,” Barb Petersen, chief quality officer at Great Plains Health, said. “This was our first opportunity to be surveyed by this organization and we are honored to achieve these certifications. This accomplishment is the result of teamwork and a daily effort to put our patients first. We are proud to serve this community and constantly work to improve health care quality in the region.”

Great Plains Health underwent a rigorous onsite survey at the end of 2021. During the survey, CIHQ surveyors evaluated compliance with evidence-based standards of care developed in consultation with industry health care experts and nationally recognized agencies.

Survey activities included medical record review, patient care observations, and interviews with both patients and hospital staff. CIHQ’s goal is to help health care organizations determine and improve performance through the survey process.

“CIHQ commends Great Plains Health on their achievement of this certification. This certification recognizes hospitals that demonstrate excellence in care and services provided to their communities,” Richard Curtis, chief executive officer of CIHQ, said.

For more information, please visit the CIHQ Disease Specific Certification website.


About Great Plains Health

Based in North Platte, Nebraska, Great Plains Health is a fully accredited, 116-bed acute-care regional medical center serving western and central Nebraska, northern Kansas and southern South Dakota. With 90 physicians representing nearly 30 medical specialties, the Great Plains Health system offers advanced health care, including heart and vascular, cancer, and orthopedic surgery services. Great Plains Health is a Level III trauma center, and all of its emergency department physicians are residency-trained and board-certified in emergency medicine. The system employs approximately 1,200 employees and serves a geographic area spanning approximately 16,000 square miles.

The hospital is accredited by the Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality (CIHQ) and is home to an American College of Surgeons-accredited cancer center and Level II bariatric surgery program. For more information, visit