The emer­gency and main entrance to the Hillsdale Hos­pital, which was named a top 100 rural hos­pital in the U.S. in Feb­ruary. Evan Carter | Col­legian

Hillsdale Hos­pital was named one of the 100 top rural and com­munity hos­pitals in the U.S. in Becker’s Hos­pital Review and received a $45,000 incumbent worker training grant from the state this past month.

The Michigan Works Southeast grant will fund training for the Obstetrics unit on a new fetal mon­i­toring system, training to update admin­is­trative staff on changes in Medicare and Med­icaid billing, and emer­gency nurse trauma care training. Hillsdale Hospital’s des­ig­nation as the only trauma hos­pital in the county also makes this training crucial.

Hillsdale Hos­pital is not a trauma center, but it seeks to sta­bilize trauma victims, sending them to another health care facility if surgery by trauma-trained doctors is nec­essary.

“Where we were once as a small rural hos­pital, ranked in the lower portion of the nation, we are now what you would call a ‘top box hos­pital,’” said Hillsdale Hospital’s Director of Orga­ni­za­tional and Business Devel­opment Jeremiah Hod­shire. “We take honors like this as a recog­nition of the hard work of our staff.”

Hillsdale Hos­pital is one of seven in Michigan to make the list of 100 top rural and com­munity hos­pitals in Becker’s. The list was com­piled by the National Rural Health Association’s Rural Health Policy Institute, iVantage Health Ana­lytics, and the Chartis Center for Rural Health using the cri­teria of risk man­agement, staffing quality, patient out­comes, patient sat­is­faction, and oper­ating cost.

“In a rural com­munity, it’s hard to find that good mix,” Hod­shire said. “We offer every­thing from sur­gical ser­vices, to inpa­tient psy­chi­atric unit, to oncology ser­vices, to home care. We have several off site cam­puses, so we’re very in tune to the needs of this com­munity.”

According to LeDena Fre­dette of Michigan Works Southeast, her orga­ni­zation uses state funds to provide grants to com­panies so they can provide training to their existing employees as a part of Gov­ernor Rick Snyder’s ini­tiative to get more Michigan res­i­dents working.

“It’s nec­essary to utilize these grants to keep staff up to date on tech­nology,” Hod­shire said.