(DES MOINES) A nationwide report called the “2012 County Health Rankings” was released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
Out of the 99 counties in Iowa, Audubon County is ranked the 3rd healthiest County in Iowa. Audubon County Memorial Hospital Administrator Tom Smith says he is proud Audubon County can represent Western Iowa and be at the top of the list.
“I think it’s a real compliment to Audubon County and the health care infrastructure that we have in the County and it’s not just the Hospital, it would include everything; the physicians, the public health department, the dentists, just overall we do take health seriously here and we promote it through education and just good medical care,” said Smith.
The report compares the health of counties in every state across the nation, measured by overall health and factors that influence health.
“It’s actually derived from data; the counties have nothing to do with giving them the data, they pull it from sources like Medicare and they mainly rank mortality rates and then actually how people feel, like do they feel healthy, so you have your health outcomes but also how people feel,” explained Smith. “Evidently people in Audubon County have good mortality rates and they feel good.
As far as the other Counties in Southwest Iowa, Shelby County is ranked 13th, Fremont 27th, Ringgold 31st, Guthrie 39th, Adair 44th, Taylor 45th, Cass 62nd, Adams 72nd, Union 82nd, Harrison 85th, Page 86th, Pottawattamie 91st, Montgomery 97th, and Mills 98th.
For more information and to see a color-coded map comparing each Iowa County’s overall health ranking, visit www.countyhealthrankings.org.