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NRHA Announces Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals

The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) has recently unveiled the country’s top 20 highest-ranked Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), as determined by the Chartis Center for Rural Health. This September, these hospitals will be honored at the NRHA’s Critical Access Hospital Conference in Kansas City, Missouri.

The selection of these top 20 CAHs was based on the rigorous Chartis Rural Hospital Performance Index, which evaluates eight areas of performance: inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspective, cost, charge, and finance.
This comprehensive evaluation ensures the credibility of the ranking.

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Several of these hospitals are in the Upper Midwest, demonstrating exceptional commitment to providing high-quality healthcare in rural settings. These top performers include:

· Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital – Miller, South Dakota
· Beatrice Community Hospital & Health Center – Beatrice, Nebraska
· Boone County Health Center – Albion, Nebraska
· Cass Health – Atlantic, Iowa
· CHI St Alexius Health Carrington Medical Center – Carrington, North Dakota
· Floyd Valley Healthcare – Le Mars, Iowa
· Jamestown Regional Medical Center – Jamestown, North Dakota
· Mayo Clinic Health System – Red Cedar in Menomonie – Menomonie, Wisconsin
· Myrtue Medical Center – Harlan, Iowa
· Nemaha Valley Community Hospital – Seneca, Kansas
· Washington County Hospital – Washington, Iowa

The hospitals were chosen from the Chartis Center for Rural Health’s 2024 top 100 CAH list. Additionally, forty best practice designations were awarded to hospitals excelling in either quality or patient perspective.

Brock Slabach, NRHA’s Chief Operations Officer, expressed pride in the achievements of these rural hospitals, stating, “NRHA is committed to ensuring our members have the best information to manage their hospitals. We’re pleased to recognize the accomplishments of these rural hospitals.”

Please refer to the official NRHA press release for the complete list of winners and further details.