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MHLC earns Top 100 award
Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County recently announced that as of Sept. 30 of this year the hospital will no longer be providing labor and delivery services to its patrons. Hospital representatives noted in a press release that the reasoning behind this decision included current obstetric volumes, cost of service, patient care and state and national trends.

DARLINGTON — Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County in Darlington announced on Feb. 20 it has been recognized as a 2024 Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital by The Chartis Center for Rural Health. Chartis’ annual Top 100 award program recognizes outstanding performance among the nation’s rural hospitals based on the results of the Chartis Rural Hospital Performance INDEX.

“The MHLC family is honored to have received this recognition,” said Kathy Kuepers, CEO of MHLC. “I am so proud and extremely privileged to work with each and every employee that has worked hard and is committed to taking great care of our patients and their families.”

“During an era of profound uncertainty for rural healthcare, the Top 100 rural hospitals continue to provide a unique lens through which we can identify innovation and inspiration for how to deliver high quality care to increasingly vulnerable populations,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader, The Chartis Center for Rural Health. “We’re delighted to be able to recognize all this year’s Top 100 but especially the more than 40 first-time recipients across both categories. It’s wonderful to see so many new facilities join the ranks of our Top 100 alumni.”

Now in its 14th year, the INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. Featuring a methodology utilizing publicly available data, the INDEX is leveraged nationwide by rural hospitals, health systems with rural affiliates, hospital associations, and state offices of rural health to measure and monitor performance across a variety of areas impacting hospital operations and finance.