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Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in America

09/30/11  USA

The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) announced today at its Critical Access Hospital Conference the names of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in America.

The Top 100 scored best on the Hospital Strength IndexTM, in this first-ever comprehensive rating of CAHs. NRHA also announced a partnership with iVantage Health Analytics to improve and advance business intelligence and benchmarking for rural healthcare and to support the 1,750 rural hospitals whose executives are seeking to improve performance.

This Index offers hospital executives, trustees and boards of directors an objective way to measure their relative performance among their peers and across 56 different performance metrics, the most comprehensive tool on the market.

"Now is the time for us to advance the analytics and transparency of the rural health sector. We play such a critical role in providing needed care to Americans, yet our challenges are completely different in access while equally complex in delivery as urban hospitals. We celebrate this diversity and these every day challenges and will need new solutions to ensure our sustainability under the Affordable Care Act. NRHA is committed to advancing performance improvement in our hospitals," said Alan Morgan, Chief Executive Officer of the National Rural Health Association.

"As we focus on quality at NRHA, we will monitor a complete dashboard of indicators to ensure that our membership has the best information to run their hospitals. Our partnership with iVantage Health Analytics brings us closer with independent and objective resources and information products to best serve our membership," said Lance Keilers, NRHA's incoming President.

The Hospital Strength IndexTM reflects the multiple challenges of running a hospital by incorporating the measures on which the industry has worked to gain consensus and standardization. "Rural hospitals have new and difficult demands, that can only be managed with better information," said Hud Connery, President, iVantage Health Analytics. "Bringing together the disparate performance information and making sense of what is already a complex analytical process is critical as health reform becomes a reality. iVantage Health is best positioned in the rural markets to offer meaningful business analytics."

The Hospital Strength IndexTM incorporates 56 different measures of performance to help identify those hospitals that are best prepared for success under the new healthcare. The Index includes a unique set of measures rating Market Strength, Value-based Strength and Financial Strength as key pillars for benchmarking and setting new goals under health reform.

The Market Strength includes competitive strength, intensity, size and growth factors essential to ACO development.

The Value-based Strength includes quality, outcomes, patient perspectives, and cost and charge indicators that are essential for earning rewards under CMS' Value-based Purchasing reimbursement incentives.

The Financial Strength includes income statement and balance sheet ratios most predictive of long-term sustainability that are essential under an environment of reduced payments.

NRHA named the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the nation, as determined by the Hospital Strength IndexTM, recognizing the top performance of hospitals that are the safety net to communities across the country. The listing of hospitals in alphabetical order follows this release.

The Hospital Strength Index studies are underwritten with support from Anthelio Health Solutions, Inc., Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, and Tea Leaves Health, LLC. More detailed information about the Index can be found at www.HospitalStrengthIndex.com . Hospitals and industry professionals can view national results, download a copy of the Study Abstract or request market or individual hospital reports.

Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in Alphabetical Order by State:

  • Ketchikan General Hospital, Ketchikan, AK
  • South Pennisula Hospital, Homer, AK
  • Fairfield Medical Center, Yreka, CA
  • Frank R Howard Memorial Hospital, Willits, CA
  • Mercy Medical Center, Mt. Shasta, CA
  • Tahoe Forest Hospital, Truckee, CA
  • Aspen Valley Hospital, Aspen, CO
  • Gunnison Valley Hospital, Gunnison, CO
  • Higgins General Hospital, Bremen, GA
  • Alegent Health Community Memorial Hospital, Missouri Valley, IA
  • Alegent Health Mercy Hospital, Corning, IA
  • Audubon County Memorial Hospital, Audubon, IA
  • Avera Holy Family Health, Estherville, IA
  • Burgess Health Center, Onawa,IA
  • Floyd Valley Hospital, Le Mars, IA
  • Hegg Memorial Health Center, Rock Valley, IA
  • Montgomery County Memorial Hospital, Red Oak, IA
  • Sioux Center Community Hospital & Health, Sioux Center, IA
  • Winneshiek Medical Center, Decorah, IA
  • Cassia Regional Medical Center, Burley, ID
  • Gritman Medical Center, Moscow, ID
  • Adams Memorial Hospital, Decatur, IN
  • Decatur Community Memorial Hospital, Greensburg, IN
  • Margaret Mary Community Hospital, Inc., Batesville, IN
  • Tipton Hospital, Tipton, IN
  • Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center, Chanute, KS
  • Bridgton Hospital, Bridgton, ME
  • Charles A Desn Memorial Hospital, Greenville, ME
  • Houlton Regional Hospital, Houlton, ME
  • Mayo Regional Hospital, Dover Foxcroft, ME
  • Millinocket Regional Hospital, Millinocket, ME
  • Redington Fairview General Hospital, Showhegan, ME
  • Waldo County General Hospital, Belfast, ME
  • Clinton Memorial Hospital, Sain Johns, MI
  • Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital, Charlotte, MI
  • Johnson Memorial Hospital, Dawson, MN
  • Lakewood Health Center, Baudette, MN
  • New Ulm Medical Center, New Ulm, MN
  • Queen of Peace Hospital, New Prague, MN
  • Riverwood Healthcare Center, Aitkin, MN
  • Springfield Medical center May Health, Springfield, MN
  • St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Wabasha, MN
  • St. gabriels Hospital, Little Falls, MN
  • Stevens Community Medical Center, Morris, MN
  • United Hospital District, Blue Earth, MN
  • Barrett Memorial Hospital, Dillon, MT
  • Community Hospital of Anaconda, Anaconda, MT
  • Sidney Health Center, Sidney, MT
  • West River Regional Medical Center-CAH, Hettinger, ND
  • Avera St.Anthony's Hospital, O'Neill, NE
  • Brodmore Memorial Hospital, Superior, NE
  • Memorial Community Hospital, Blair, NE
  • Ogallala Community Hospital, Ogallala, NE
  • St. Francis Memorial Hospital, West Point, NE
  • Androscoggin Valley Hospital, Berlin, NH
  • Huggins Hospital, Wolfeboro, NH
  • Mondanock Community Hospital, Peterborough, NH
  • Speare Memorial Hospital, Plymouth, NH
  • Delaware Valley Hospital, Inc., Walton, NY
  • Margaretville Memorial Hospital, Margaretville, NY
  • Allen Community Hospital, Oberlin, OH
  • Barnesville Hospital Association, Inc., Barnesville, OH
  • Bluffton Hospital, Bluffton, OH
  • Fostoria Comminuty Hospital, Fostoria, OH
  • Mercy Hospital of Willard, Willard, OH
  • Logan Medical Center, Gutherie, OK
  • Cottage Grove Communty Hospital, Cottage Grove, OR
  • Good Shepherd Medical Center, Hermiston, OR
  • Grande Ronde Hospital, La Grande, OR
  • Peace Harbor Hospital, Florence, OR
  • Providence Hood river Memorial Hospital, Hood River, OR
  • Tillamook County General Hospital, Tillamook, OR
  • Wallowa Memorial Hospital, Enterprise, OR
  • Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital, Miller, SD
  • Rhea Medical Center, Dayton, TN
  • Seton Highland Lakes, Burnet, TX
  • Central Valley medical Center-CAH, Nephi, UT
  • Heber Valley medical Center, Heber City, UT
  • San Juan Hospital, Monticello, UT
  • Copley Hospital, Morrisville, VT
  • Gifford Medical Center, Randolph, VT
  • North Country Hospital and Health Center, Newport, VT
  • Kittias Valley Community Hospital, Ellensburg, WA
  • Providence Mount Carmel Hospital, Colville, WA
  • Berlin Memorial Hospital, Berlin, WI
  • Door County Memorial Hospital, Sturgeon Bay, WI
  • Hudson Hospital, Hudson, WI
  • Langlade Hospital, Antigo, WI
  • Memorial Hospital Lafayette City, Darlington, WI
  • Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital, Prairie du Chien, WI
  • Red Cedar Medical Center-Mayo Health, Menomonie, WI
  • Richland Hospital, Richland Center, WI
  • Stoughton Hospital, Stoughton, WI
  • Waupin Memorial Hospital, Waupin, WI
  • Johnson County Healthcare Center, Buffalo, WY
  • Memorial Hospital of Converse County, Douglas, WY
  • Platte County Memorial Hospital, Wheatland, WY
  • Star Valley Medical Center, Afton, WY
  • Washakie Medical Center , Worland, WY
  • West Park Hospital District, Cody, WY