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Published on May 15, 2018

Three Avera Hospitals Earn Honors as National Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals

Three Avera hospitals in South Dakota and Iowa recently were included in the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States.

The Chartis Center for Rural Health evaluates hospitals nationwide and presented the top 20 facilities that met the criteria for 2018. The Avera facilities include:

  • Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital, Miller, S.D.
  • Avera Holy Family Hospital, Estherville, Iowa
  • Floyd Valley Healthcare – Avera, Le Mars, Iowa

“Our talented employees, leaders, medical staff and nurses are dedicated to providing the best care possible to our communities,” said Curt Hohman, Avera Senior Vice President for Managed Facilities. “We’re proud of these facilities and the excellent care they provide our patients and communities.”

The facilities that made the list scored in the top 20 of Critical Access Hospitals on iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX®. The INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural provider performance. Its results are the basis for many of rural health care’s most prominent awards, efforts and initiatives.

The Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals play a key role in providing a safety net to communities across America. The INDEX measures these facilities across eight pillars of hospital strength including:

  • Inpatient and outpatient share ranking
  • Cost, charge and quality
  • Outcomes and patient perspective
  • Financial stability

Learn more at, or see the list of Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals at

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