WMC named Top 100 Critical Access Hospital in US for sixth time

Released: 04/05/18

Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah has again been named one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in the United States by The Chartis Center for Rural Health. This is the sixth time Winneshiek Medical Center has been honored with this designation and is the only hospital in the area to score in the top 100.

What is a Critical Access Hospital?

Winneshiek Medical Center scored in the top 100 of Critical Access Hospitals on iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX®. The 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 eight pillars of hospital strength: Inpatient Market Share, Outpatient Market Share, Quality, Outcomes, Patient Perspective, Cost, Charge, and Financial Stability.

“The Hospital Strength INDEX provides a true benchmark for helping rural providers to better understand performance levels and identify areas of improvement. When we look across the spectrum of rural-relevant INDEX indicators, the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals are establishing a new standard for how to deliver higher quality care to their communities despite an unpredictable healthcare environment,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader of The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

“We are truly honored to be named a Top 100 hospital each year,” said Lisa Radtke, chief administrative officer, Winneshiek Medical Center. “Our mission is to be a lifelong, trusted community health partner. The annual recognition speaks to our staff members’ ongoing commitment to our patients and communities to provide, safe, quality, patient-centered care.”

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