Top critical access hospitals announced
The 20 highest-ranked critical access hospitals (CAHs) in the country,
as determined by The Chartis Center for Rural Health, were recently announced
by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA). An awards ceremony was
held during NRHA’s Critical Access Hospital Conference in September
in Kansas City, Mo.
The determining factors for the Top 20 CAHs were based on the results of
the Hospital Strength Index and its eight indices of performance: inpatient
market share, outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspectives,
cost, charge, and financial stability. This elite group of hospitals was
selected from The Chartis Center for Rural Health’s 2019 Top 100
CAH list, which was released earlier this year.
Forty “best practice” designations were also given to facilities
that have achieved success in one of two key areas of performance, based
on Index results: 1) quality: a rating of hospital performance based on
the percentile rank across rural-relevant process of care measures, and
2) patient perspective: a rating of hospital performance based on the
percentile rank across all 10 HCAHPS domains.
“NRHA is committed to ensuring our members have the best information
to manage their hospitals,” says Brock Slabach, NRHA membership
services senior vice president. “We’re pleased to recognize
the accomplishments of these rural hospitals.”
The list of Top 20 critical access hospital best practice recipients, in
alphabetical order is included below:
2019 Top 20 Critical Access Hospital Best Practice in
Patient Satisfaction recipients
Abrom Kaplan Memorial Hospital - Kaplan, La.
Bigfork Valley Hospital - Bigfork, Minn.
Callaway District Hospital - Callaway, Neb.
Catskill Regional Medical Center – Grover Hermann - Callicoon, N.Y.
Electra Memorial Hospital - Electra, Texas
First Care Health Center - Park River, N.D.
Iowa Specialty Hospital – Belmond - Belmond, Iowa
Jackson County Hospital District - Edna, Texas
Kirby Medical Center - Monticello, Ill.
Kittson Memorial Hospital - Hallock, Minn.
Minneola District Hospital - Minneola, Kan.
Mitchell County Regional Health Center - Osage, Iowa
Munising Memorial Hospital - Munising, Mich.
Pawnee County Memorial Hospital - Pawnee City, Neb.
Platte Health Center Avera - Platte, S.D.
San Juan Health - Monticello, Utah
Sanford Webster Medical Center - Webster, S.D.
Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital - Solvang, Calif.
Trousdale Medical Center - Hartsville, Tenn.
W. J. Mangold Memorial Hospital - Lockney, Texas