Critical Access Hospital featured in State Snapshot Report to HRET
Cheyenne County Hospital, St. Francis, was selected as the "spotlight hospital" by the KHC in its State Snapshot report to the Hospital Research and Educational Trust (HRET) regarding the Hospital Engagement Network activities in Kansas. The report was submitted in October.
Cheyenne County Hospital was recognized in the report for successfully implementing a hard-stop policy that reduced the number and percentage of babies delivered prior to 39 weeks gestation, resulting in significant improvement in newborn outcomes. CCH is a 16-bed critical access hospital located in St. Francis (pop. 1,329) in northwest Kansas with the nearest NICU 180 miles away. Its obstetrics unit opened in 2007 and delivers between 20-30 babies annually. Hospital staff recognized increased complications in late-term infants delivered prior to 39 weeks (inductions/c-sections).