Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals Named NRHA Partners with iVantage Health Analytics to Benchmark Rural Health

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Sept. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 Index™, 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.

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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 Index™ 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 Index™ 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 Index™, 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.

About National Rural Health Association

NRHA is a nonprofit organization working to improve the health and well-being of rural Americans and providing leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communications, education and research. NRHA membership is made up of 20,000 diverse individuals and organizations, all of whom share the common bond of an interest in rural health. For more information, visit www.RuralHealthWeb.org.

About iVantage Health Analytics

iVantage Health Analytics, Inc.™ is a privately held healthcare business intelligence and technology company. The company was formed to be the parent company for Performance Management Institute LLC, The Healthcare Management Council, Inc., Health InfoTechnics, LLC, and The Ratings Guy, LLC.  The businesses ultimately will consolidate assets and operations into one entity. The company is a leading provider of information products serving an expansive healthcare industry. iVantage Health Analytics™ integrates diverse information with innovative delivery platforms to ensure customers' timely, concise, and relevant strategic action. For more information, visit www.iVantageHealth.com.

NRHA Contact: Lindsey Corey 816-756-3140
iVantage Health Analytics: Kathy Gill  877-239-9549

Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in Alphabetical Order by State


Facility Name

City

State

KETCHIKAN GENERAL HOSPITAL

KETCHIKAN

AK

SOUTH PENINSULA HOSPITAL

HOMER

AK

FAIRCHILD MEDICAL CENTER

YREKA

CA

FRANK R HOWARD MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

WILLITS

CA

MERCY MEDICAL CENTER MT SHASTA

MOUNT 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 COUNTY 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 DEAN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

GREENVILLE

ME

HOULTON REGIONAL HOSPITAL

HOULTON

ME

MAYO REGIONAL HOSPITAL

DOVER FOXCROFT

ME

MILLINOCKET REGIONAL HOSPITAL

MILLINOCKET

ME

REDINGTON FAIRVIEW GENERAL HOSPITAL

SKOWHEGAN

ME

WALDO COUNTY GENERAL HOSPITAL

BELFAST

ME

CLINTON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

SAINT 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 MAYO 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

BRODSTONE 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

MONADNOCK 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 COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

FOSTORIA

OH

MERCY HOSPITAL OF WILLARD

WILLARD

OH

LOGAN MEDICAL CENTER

GUTHRIE

OK

COTTAGE GROVE COMMUNITY 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

KITTITAS 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 CTY

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

WAUPUN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

WAUPUN

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




SOURCE iVantage Health Analytics, Inc.



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