List of Top Critical Access Hospitals Includes 15 in Iowa

Orange City Area Healthy System
Orange City Area Healthy System

The Chartis Center for Rural Health has unveiled its 2019 Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and 15 Iowa CAHs are included in the list, a number far higher than any other state. Regarded as one of the industry’s most significant designations of performance excellence, the Chartis Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals is based upon the results of the Hospital Strength INDEX from iVantage Health Analytics. CAHs are typically small facilities that serve large rural areas, often one or more counties. Iowa has 82 CAHs; only Kansas has more (83).

Henry County Health Center

Leveraging 50 rural-relevant indicators across eight pillars, the index provides a comprehensive and objective assessment of rural provider performance. Now in its ninth year, the index framework is used nationally by state offices of rural health, health systems and rural hospitals to measure and monitor rural hospital performance and is the foundation for several national rural recognition programs and legislative initiatives.

States with the highest number of CAH top performers are Iowa (15), Nebraska (9) and North Dakota (9). The listed Iowa hospitals are:

Lakes Regional Healthcare

Chartis also announced its Top 100 Rural and Community Hospitals and that list includes four Iowa hospitals:

“In an era of downward pressure on rural hospital revenues, our yearly top 100 lists are established across the industry as a bellwether for provider performance,” said Michael Topchik, national leader of the Chartis Center for Rural Health. “From one year to the next, the top 100 lists are never static, which we see as a strong indicator of how proactive hospitals are when it comes to pushing for performance improvement in key areas such as quality, outcomes, patient safety, market share and finance. We’re delighted to recognize this year’s top 100 rural providers and showcase their efforts to deliver quality care efficiently and cost-effectively.”