Winneshiek Medical Center named top critical access hospital in US three years in a row

Released: 05/09/16

As Winneshiek Medical Center prepares for National Hospital Week, May 8-14, hospital officials are pleased to announce that WMC has again been named one of the iVantage Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in the United States.

“Winneshiek Medical Center is proud of the efforts of our physicians and staff who have contributed to our hospital achieving this designation,” says WMC Chief Administrative Officer, Lisa Radtke. This is the fourth time WMC has been honored with this designation; the last three awards given consecutively in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Radtke adds, “It seemed appropriate to share news of this continued recognition during a week that celebrates the contributions of hospitals in our country: National Hospital Week.”

National Hospital Week is the nation’s largest health care event. It celebrates the history, technology and the dedicated professionals of the health care profession. National Hospital Week dates back to 1921 when it was suggested that a day of community celebration might calm public fears about hospitals and build public trust. First held in Chicago on May 12, 1921, the event soon spread to other communities. It was expanded to National Hospital Week in 1953.

“National Hospital Week celebrates the importance of a hospital to the community and the top 100 designation demonstrates our commitment to the people we serve,” says Radtke. She adds, “In today’s changing health care environment, it is nice to see rural hospitals receiving recognition for the important role they play in keeping communities healthy.”

The iVantage Hospital Strength INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive rating of US acute care hospitals, and the only one to include the country’s 1,300 CAHs. The results recognize that the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals provide a safety net to communities across rural America – measuring them across 62 different performance metrics, including quality, outcomes, patient perspective, affordability, population risk and efficiency. WMC’s hospital strength index rank was 98.8, putting WMC in the top quartile of all U.S. critical access hospitals in the study and in the top 2% of all rural hospitals in US.

Winneshiek Medical Center’s 450+ staff provided for the health care needs of the community over 113,600 times last year. “Winneshiek Medical Center is the medical home for many people in northeast Iowa and southeast Minnesota,” says Radtke. “Our community depends on us to be available when their need arises, and we are honored to serve them.”

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.


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