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 September in Kansas City, Mo.
The determining factors for the Top 20 CAHs were based on eight indices of strength including inpatient market
share, outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspectives, costs, charges and financial stability. This
elite group was selected from iVantage’s 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 iVantage’s tabulation: 1) Quality index: A rating of hospital performance based on the
percentile rank across the five categories of the company’s hospital compare process of care measures and 2)
patient perspective index: A rating of hospital performance based on the percentile rank on two HCAHPS
measures (“overall rating” and “highly recommend”).
“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.
BEST PRACTICE RECIPIENTS – PATIENT SATISFACTION:
Bigfork Valley Hospital Bigfork, Minn.
Bluffton Hospital Bluffton, Ohio
Callaway District Hospital Callaway, Neb.
CHI Health Schuyler Schuyler, Neb.
Collingsworth General Hospital Wellington, Texas
Comanche County Hospital Coldwater, Kan.
Eureka Community Health Services - Avera Eureka, S.D.
Fairview Regional Medical Center Fairview, Okla.
Franklin County Memorial Hospital Meadville, Miss.
Grace Cottage Hospital Townshend, Vt.
Henderson Health Care Henderson, Neb.
Iowa Specialty Hospital – Belmond Belmond, Iowa
Kahuku Medical Center Kahuku, Hawaii
Kirby Medical Center Monticello, Ill.
Milford Valley Memorial Hospital Milford, Utah
Power County Hospital District American Falls, Idaho
Sanford Wheaton Medical Center Wheaton, Minn.
St. Luke’s Hospital Crosby, N.D.
Steele Memorial Medical Center Salmon, Idaho
Union General Hospital Farmerville, La.
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 RuralHealthWeb.org.
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 iVantageHealth.com.