Decatur County Memorial Hospital ranked #1 and receives Century Award



Decatur County Memorial Hospital was recently recognized for two distinct accomplishments on the same
DCMH has been ranked #1 in the nation for having the fastest median time to transfer a patient to another
facility for acute coronary intervention by CMS.
CMS, or Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, is the U.S. federal agency that helps users find
information about the quality of care at over 4,000 Medicare-certified hospitals across the nation.
This rating from CMS considers the time from when a patient enters Decatur County Memorial Hospital with a
heart attack to the time, in minutes, in which a patient can be transferred to another hospital, if necessary.
Decatur County Memorial Hospital is a Critical Access Hospital (CAH). This designation is designed to improve
access to healthcare by keeping essential services in rural communities. DCMH develops agreements with
acute care hospitals related to patient referral and transfer, communication, and emergency and non-
emergency patient transportation to receive the designation.
Interim Executive Director for Nursing, Katie Lykins said, “The dedication and hard work of DCMH team
members allows for life-saving measures like this to be possible. DCMH’s impeccable efficiency, ability to
think, move quickly, and involve several teams allows us to put our patients first in every situation.”
Not only was DCMH recognized as being #1 in the nation last week, but they were also invited to the Indiana
Statehouse by Governor Eric J. Holcomb and Indiana Secretary of Commerce Brad Chambers for a ceremony
honoring organizations in operation for 100 or 50 consecutive years. Awards were presented to 262
organizations statewide for achieving these milestones in the years 2020 to 2023.
President/CEO Rex McKinney accepted the Century Business Award on behalf of Decatur County Memorial
Hospital. DCMH celebrated its 100 years of service in 2022 and remains truly honored to serve the Decatur
County community. This award recognizes DCMH’s longevity and service to our employees, community, and
the state.
DCMH was also represented by, Mark Koors, Decatur County Commissioner, Dennis Fogle, Physician
Recruiter & Compliance Officer, Liz McCoy, Marketing & Communications Manager, and Mandy Lohrum,
Hospital Foundation Director.

“I am proud of the DCMH team and honored to be able to work alongside them in serving the Decatur County
community. This distinction is an incredible accomplishment for our organization. We look forward to the next
100 years!” said McKinney.

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