At the National Rural Health Association's Rural Health Policy Institute conference, The Chartis Center for Rural Health today unveiled the 2020 Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals and the 2020 Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals. Each of the Top 100 designations was determined by the results of the Hospital Strength INDEX®, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year.
Based entirely on publicly available data, the INDEX is the industry's most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. Utilizing 50 independent indicators, the INDEX assesses performance across eight pillars of performance that span market-, value- and finance-based categories. The INDEX framework is widely used across the nation by independent rural hospitals, health systems with rural footprints and state offices of rural health which provide access to INDEX analytics through grant-funded initiatives.
"Two of the most significant barriers impacting a rural hospital's ability to identify gaps in performance and create improvement are, limited visibility into peer performance and limited access to timely and accurate benchmarks," said Michael Topchik, National Leader, The Chartis Center for Rural Health. "By constructing the INDEX using rural-relevant metrics, we're providing hospital leaders with the foundation necessary to break down these barriers and work collaboratively to improve hospital quality, patient safety, operations and finance."
Since its inception in 2011, the Top 100 Critical Access Hospital award has recognized more than 350 hospitals across the United States. Among the Critical Access Hospitals receiving Top 100 status this year are 19 first-time recipients as well as seven hospitals earning this recognition for the ninth time. First introduced in 2016, the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals award has recognized more than 200 hospitals. This year, the list contains 18 first-time award winners along with 25 hospitals who have been honored in each of the award's five years.
"At a time when much of the national conversation surrounding rural healthcare focuses on instability, the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals and Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals remind us that rural providers haven't lost touch with their mission and are committed to delivering better quality, better outcomes and better patient satisfaction. It's a pleasure to be able to not only recognize this year's recipients, but our larger group of top 100 alumni as we celebrate 10 years of the Hospital Strength INDEX," said Topchik.
Top 100 Hospitals: The lists of this year's Top 100 award winners can be found at http://www.ivantageindex.com/top-performing-hospitals/.
Hospital Strength INDEX: To learn more about the Hospital Strength INDEX, please visit http://www.ivantageindex.com/ccrh/.
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