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Duncan Regional Hospital Named a 2018 Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital

Duncan Regional Hospital was recently named one of the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the United States by The Chartis Center for Rural Health for the third straight year.

“This achievement is very gratifying and validates our daily commitment to providing the best health care possible to our community,” said Jay Johnson, President/CEO.

“This recognition for three years in a row is truly a reflection of how our medical staff and team members provide the highest quality care we can to our friends and families. We are so honored to be named as one of the Top 100 again this year”

Duncan Regional Hospital scored in the top 100 of rural and community hospitals on iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX®. The INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural provider performance and its results are the basis for many of rural healthcare’s most prominent awards, advocacy efforts and legislative initiatives. The list of the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals can be found at www.ivantageindex.com/top-performing-hospitals.

The Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals play a key role in providing a safety net to communities across America – and the INDEX measures these facilities across eight pillars of hospital strength: Inpatient Share Ranking, Outpatient Share Ranking, Cost, Charge, Quality, Outcomes, Patient Perspective, and Financial Stability.

“The Hospital Strength INDEX provides a true benchmark for helping rural providers to better understand performance levels and identify areas of improvement. When we look across the spectrum of rural-relevant INDEX indicators, the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals are establishing a new standard for how to deliver higher quality care to their communities despite an unpredictable healthcare environment,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader of The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

About Duncan Regional Hospital

Serving Stephens and the surrounding counties since 1977, Duncan Regional Hospital has a state-wide reputation as one of the premiere Oklahoma hospitals for medical excellence, advanced technology and nationally recognized high levels of patient satisfaction and is a 138-bed nationally accredited hospital.  To learn more visit www.duncanregional.com

About The Chartis Group

The Chartis Group® (Chartis) provides comprehensive advisory services and analytics to the healthcare industry. With an unparalleled depth of expertise in strategic planning, performance excellence, informatics and technology, and health analytics, Chartis helps leading academic medical centers, integrated delivery networks, children’s hospitals and healthcare service organizations achieve transformative results. 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 Chartisrural.com.

Food Allergies

 Do peanuts or shellfish cause you to become ill?  A plate of scrambled eggs causes your skin to itch? If so, you are not alone; millions of people suffer from an allergy to a food. In fact, food allergies affect around 5% of adults and 8% of children and these percentages are rising  A food allergy occurs when the immune system attacks a food protein that it mistakes as a threat to the body.

It is possible for any food to cause an allergy, but just eight foods cause most:

• Cow’s milk (most commonly found in children)

• Eggs

• Peanuts

• Tree nuts (i.e., walnuts, almonds, and pecans)

• Soy

• Wheat and other grains with gluten

• Fish (mostly in adults)

• Shellfish (mostly in adults)

Symptoms can present themselves within minutes of digesting the food or a few hours later. Some of the mild to moderate ones may include:

• Hives

• Dry, itchy rash

• Redness of the skin

• Nausea or vomiting

• Diarrhea

• Stomach pain

• Sneezing

Severe symptoms may include:

• Trouble swallowing

• Shortness of breath

• Drop in blood pressure

• Chest pain

• Turning blue

Severe symptoms, alone or combined with milder symptoms, may be signs of life-threatening anaphylaxis (an acute allergic reaction). Immediate treatment is required.  Epinephrine is the first-line treatment for anaphylaxis. You should work with your primary care provider to determine the best treatment plan for your specific allergy.

The only way to prevent a reaction is to avoid the food completely.  Make sure to read food labels to ensure the food you are allergic to isn’t in the ingredients. Avoid cross-contact of foods.  You should clean your cooking utensils and cook all allergy-safe foods first.  Recognize your symptoms. You know your body – spotting your signs early could save your life. If you have an epinephrine injector, always know where it is and how to use it. 

Your primary care provider should make a food allergy diagnosis. You should not diagnose yourself with a food allergy. If you have concerns, visit with your provider.

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