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Published on February 23, 2018

Five Avera Hospitals Named to the National Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals List

Five Avera hospitals in three states recently were included in the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States.

The Chartis Center for Rural Health evaluates hospitals nationwide and presented the top 100 facilities that met the criteria for 2018. The Avera facilities include:

  • Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital, Miller, S.D.
  • Milbank Area Hospital Avera, Milbank, S.D.
  • Avera Holy Family Hospital, Estherville, Iowa
  • Floyd Valley Healthcare – Avera, Le Mars, Iowa
  • Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital, O’Neill, Neb.

“While gratifying, we realize this honor only remains valid as we continue our daily commitment to providing the best care to communities across our region,” said Curt Hohman, Avera Senior Vice President for Managed Facilities. “Gaining this recognition of our efforts is reassuring, but it reminds us that we must continue to innovate and improve, on behalf of our patients and their families. It underlines the effective diligence of the many teams that make up our critical access hospitals across the Avera footprint.”

The facilities that made the list scored in the top 100 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 100 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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