Great Plains Health receives award for protecting patients

Great Plains Health receives award for protecting patients and providing safer healthcare. (SOURCE: KNOP)

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. Great Plains Health has received another award.

The North Platte hospital is being nationally recognized with an 'A' rating for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group.

The award recognizes Great Plains Health's achievements protecting patients and providing safer healthcare.

The non-profit group graded more that 2,600 hospitals in the U.S.

CEO Mel McNea said it's been the change in culture to be more patient focused which he attributes their success.

"In 2014 our Board of Directors and our leadership decided to make a change in the culture of the organization," said McNea.

"What we're seeing today is recognition of all of the hard work on focusing the patient centered organization delivering high quality care at a reasonable cost."

McNea explained his desires to provide better service comes from a lack of good healthcare as a child.

"Where I grew up and was originally from, there is not the ability to have quality care and the accessibility of it," said McNea.

"One of my personal goals is to ensure that West Central Nebraska has the ability to have and give good care to our citizens. That's driven all of our organization as we focus on the mission of the organization and really come back to the fact that it's all about the patient."