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Nebraska in top 10 for rural critical access hospitals

Nebraska in top 10 for rural critical access hospitals. (NTV News)

The state of Nebraska is doing well on more than just ACT scores.

Nebraska has been named one of the top 10 states for its rural critical access hospitals.

In the past year, hospitals have achieved the highest reporting rates and levels of improvement.

But how do they stay at the top of their game? It takes a whole village.

"We have a level of staff that embraces, you know, the tough environment in healthcare and the need to continue to improve is to have somebody that's willing to accommodate that change and not only embrace it but really exceed expectations and really push to the next level," said Luke Poore, chief executive officer for Kearney County Hospital in Minden.

These hospitals are providing the effort and care to rural towns, but their main focus might be more humbling than you think.

"Any time that we're in that situation to be able to take care of those people we always look at it as, how would we want our family member to be treated," said Leora Smith, chief nursing officer at Phelps Memorial Health Center.

Kearney and Holdrege are just two of the hospitals in Nebraska that are voluntarily reporting their quality measures and improvement.

A few other states in the top 10, include Maine, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

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