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Published on May 20, 2014

Avera Holy Family Hospital Named One of the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals in the Nation


ESTHERVILLE, Iowa (May 20, 2014) – Avera Holy Family Hospital is one of the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals in the nation, the National Rural Health Association has announced.

The National Rural Health Association names the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) based on a larger document, the Top 100 CAHs, generated by iVantage Health Analytics. There are 1,300 critical access hospitals in the United States. This study places Avera Holy Family in the top 1.5 percent of CAHs nationwide.

The Top 20 CAHs were selected based on eight indices of strength including competitive strength, competitive intensity, market size and growth, quality, outcomes, patient perspective, cost and charge, and financial stability. Avera Holy Family Hospital was named to the list of Top 100 CAHs in both 2014 and 2013.

“We are extremely honored to be named as one of the Top 20,” said Dale Husted, Avera Holy Family Hospital Administrator. “This award is a testament to the high-quality, patient-centered care provided by our local health system. This recognition also salutes the skill and dedication that is displayed daily by our medical staff and employees.”

A CAH is a hospital certified to receive cost-based reimbursement from Medicare. This program is intended to reduce hospital closures in rural areas, promotes a process for improving rural health care, and focuses on community needs. CAHs can have a maximum of 25 acute care inpatient beds. CAHs provide 24-hour emergency services and are located in a rural area.

Small and rural hospitals play a critical role in providing efficient and effective health care. “Rural hospitals have new and difficult demands that are best managed with actionable information. The Hospital Strength Index reflects the multiple challenges of running a hospital by incorporating the measures on which the industry has worked to gain consensus and standardization,” said John Morrow, executive vice president of iVantage Health Analytics, Inc.

The Hospital Strength Index™ focuses on value-based indicators identified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as well as market/competition and financial indicators. This study is unique because it is founded on the belief that a strong hospital or health system has the following characteristics:

  • Dominant market share with growing demand
  • Less direct competition
  • Outstanding quality and safety programs
  • Loyal, satisfied patients
  • Efficient and appropriately priced services
  • Strong balance sheet with surplus capital

An awards ceremony will be held during NRHA's Critical Access Hospital Conference in October in Kansas City, Mo.