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Published on February 26, 2020

Avera Hospitals Named to National Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals List

Five Avera hospitals were listed among the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States.

The Chartis Center for Rural Health evaluates hospitals nationwide. The Avera facilities include:

  • Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital, Miller, S.D.
  • Milbank Area Hospital Avera, Milbank, S.D.
  • Avera Merrill Pioneer Hospital Rock Rapids, Iowa
  • Floyd Valley Healthcare, Le Mars, Iowa (an Avera affiliate)
  • Pipestone County Medical Center Avera, Pipestone, Minn. (an Avera affiliate)

“In a profession where change is constant, earning this distinctions demonstrates how these Avera facilities lead with professionalism, treat each patient with compassion and deliver the best possible care,” said Curt Hohman, Avera Senior Vice President for Managed Facilities. “Critical access hospitals are vital. We’re proud of the teams that staff these excellent facilities that are so important to their communities.”

This annual award honoring rural hospital performance is determined by the results of iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX®, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2020.

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 eight pillars of hospital strength include:

  • Inpatient Share Ranking
  • Outpatient Share Ranking
  • Cost
  • Charge
  • Quality
  • Outcomes
  • Patient Perspectives
  • Financial Stability

The hospitals that are named to this list are top performers in managing risk, achieving higher quality, securing better outcomes, increasing patient satisfaction and operating at a lower cost than their peers, according to the report.

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