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Iowa Specialty Hospital – Belmond Named Among Top Critical Access Hospitals for Quality

May 26, 2015

The 20 highest ranked critical access hospitals (CAHs) in the country, as determined by iVantage Health Analytics, were recently announced by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA). An awards ceremony will be held during NRHA’s Critical Access Hospital Conference in October in Kansas City, Mo.

NRHA Award

The determining factors for the Top 20 CAHs were based on 10 indices of strength including competitive strength, competitive intensity, market size and growth, population risk, cost, charge, quality, outcomes, patient perspectives, and financial stability. This elite group was selected from iVantage’s Top 100 CAH list, which was released earlier this month.

Sixty “best practice” designations were also given to facilities that have achieved success in one of three key areas of performance, based on iVantage’s tabulation:

•  Quality index: A rating of hospital performance based on the percentile rank across the five categories of the company's Hopsitla Compare process of care measures.                                                                           

•  Patient perspective index: A rating of hospital performance based on the percentile rank on two Hospital Compare HCAHPS measures       (“overall rating” and “highly recommend”).

•  Financial stability index: A rating of hospital performance based on the percentile rank on a set of balance sheet and income statement financial ratios.

“NRHA is committed to ensuring our members have the best information to manage their hospitals,” said Brock Slabach, NRHA membership services senior vice president. “And we’re pleased to recognize the accomplishments of these rural hospitals.”

The list of Top 20 winners and best practice recipients, in alphabetical order and by category, is included below.


  • Calumet Medical Center - Chilton, Wis.

  • Community Hospital of Anaconda -Anaconda, Mont.

  • Genesis Medical Center - Dewitt Dewitt, Iowa

  • Hawarden Community Hospital - Hawarden, Iowa

  • Iowa Specialty Hospital - Belmond Belmond, Iowa

  • Jackson County Regional Health Center - Maquoketa, Iowa

  • Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital - Waimea, Hawaii

  • Lawrence Memorial Hospital - Walnut Ridge, Ark.

  • Medina Regional Hospital - Hondo, Texas

  • Memorial Health Care Systems - Seward, Neb.

  • Pike County Memorial Hospital - Louisiana, Mo.

  • Prairie Ridge Hospital and Health Services - Elbow Lake, Minn.

  • Sanford Canton-Inwood Medical Center - Canton, S.D.

  • Sanford Mayville Medical Center - Mayville, N.D.

  • St Joseph Memorial Hospital - Murphysboro, Ill.

  • St Luke’s McCall Medical Center - McCall, Idaho

  • St Luke’s Wood River Medical Center - Ketchum, Idaho

  • Towner County Medical Center - Cando, N.D.

  • Trinity Hospital Twin City - Dennison, Ohio

  • Wayne County Hospital - Monticello, Ky.


About the National Rural Health Association

NRHA is a nonprofit organization working to improve the health and wellbeing of rural Americans and providing leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communications, education and research. NRHA membership is made up of 21,000 diverse individuals and organizations, all of whom share the common bond of an interest in rural health. For more information, visit

About iVantage Health Analytics

iVantage Health Analytics, Inc., is a privately held health care business intelligence and technology company. The company provides information products serving an expansive health care industry. iVantage integrates diverse information with innovative delivery platforms to ensure customers’ timely, concise and relevant strategic action. For more information, visit 


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