Winneshiek Medical Center named a Top 20 Critical Access Hospital in US

Released: 06/02/16

Winneshiek Medical Center has been named a Top 20 Critical Access Hospital out of the 1,300 + critical access hospitals in the nation by the National Rural Health Association.

The Top 20 Critical Access Hospital “winners” are those hospitals who have achieved success in overall performance based on a composite rating from nine indices of strength: inpatient market share, outpatient market share, population risk, cost, charge, quality, outcomes, patient perspectives, and financial stability. This group was selected from iVantage’s Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals list, released earlier in May.

“This award is truly honoring our providers and staff,” says Lisa Radtke, chief administrative officer of Winneshiek Medical Center. “It is because of their commitment to quality, safety, a positive patient experience and living our values each and every day that makes this award special.”

Winneshiek Medical Center is an accredited, nonprofit community health system serving northeast Iowa and southeast Minnesota since 1914. WMC is the second largest Critical Access Hospital in Iowa, and provides hospital, clinic, rehabilitation, home health and hospice services to the region. Physician services at Winneshiek Medical Center are provided by Mayo Clinic Health System. In addition, nine Gundersen Health System physicians have active medical staff appointments and privileges at WMC.

“Our results as a Top 20 Critical Access Hospital means the region can count on us to deliver the services they need now and in the future,” says Radtke. “People of northeast Iowa and southeast Minnesota depend on us to be available when their need arises, and we are honored to serve them.”


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

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