West River named a Top 20 again

West River has again been recognized as one of the top healthcare facilities in the nation.

The National Rural Health Association (NRHA), recently announced the 20 highest ranked critical access hospitals (CAHs) in the country, as determined by iVantage Health Analytics. 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.


Aspirus Ironwood Hospital & Clinics, Inc. (Ironwood, Mich.)

Aspirus Iron River Hospital & Clinics, Inc. (Iron River, Mich.)

Audubon County Memorial Hospital (Audubon, Iowa)

Avera Holy Family Hospital (Estherville, Iowa)

Carrington Health Center (Carrington, N.D.)

Central Montana Medical Center (Lewistown, Mont.)

Cherokee Regional Medical Center (Cherokee, Iowa)

Door County Medical Center (Sturgeon Bay, Wis.)

Floyd Valley Healthcare (Le Mars, Iowa)

Grande Ronde Hospital (La Grande, Ore.)

Kimble Hospital (Junction, Texas)

Livingston Healthcare (Livingston, Mont.)

New Ulm Medical Center (New Ulm, Minn.)

Phillips County Health Systems (Phillipsburg, Kan.)

Riverwood Healthcare Center (Aitkin, Minn.)

Smith County Memorial Hospital (Smith Center, Kan.)

St. Luke’s Medical Center (Crosby, N.D.)

Steele Memorial Medical Center (Salmon, Idaho)

Wallowa Memorial Hospital (Enterprise, Ore.)

West River Regional Medical Center (Hettinger, N.D.)

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