Cedar City Hospital again named Top 20 Rural Hospital in US

Eric Parker speaks at awards ceremony in New Orleans, Louisiana, date not specified | Photo courtesy of Cedar City Hospital, St. George News / Cedar City News

CEDAR CITY — The National Rural Health Association has named Cedar City Hospital one of the Top 20 Rural Hospitals in the nation, the third year in a row the hospital has earned that honor.

The award is given to hospitals with the highest scores in areas like quality, outcomes (the end result after having received care), patient perspective (how well the care was given), cost and financial stability of the hospital.

Eric Packer, the hospital’s CEO, and Gerald Rowland, MD, it’s medical staff director, were presented with the award at a ceremony last week in New Orleans, Louisiana.

“One of the unique things about Cedar City Hospital is that our caregivers are constantly striving to become better,” Packer said. “They provide superior care to our patients and to our community. And that’s one of the reasons why we’ve been selected as one of the top hospitals in the country is because of this commitment that our caregivers have to provide the very best care.”

Cedar City Hospital is a 48-bed, full-service community hospital, that serves Iron County and surrounding areas. It features a state-of-the-art cancer center, with cancer genomics and immunology programs, a robust surgical services program that offers nearly all surgical services, a new MRI and MRI care suite where patients can watch TV or listen to music while getting an MRI, and, coming in June, a new tomosynthesis machine that can take 3D images inside the breast for even more accuracy in detecting breast cancer, earlier.

Those services are offered along with all imaging services, an emergency room, full women and newborns services, education, lab, cardiac rehabilitation, joint camp for those preparing for joint replacement, outpatient and inpatient floors, among others.

Statistics for Cedar City Hospital
  • 852 babies born in 2017
  • 3,351 admissions
  • 19,025 visits to the emergency room
  • 235,532 lab tests
  • 43,240 imaging exams
  • 3,272 total surgeries
  • Charity care provided in 2017: $6.5 million

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