Avera Holy Family Hospital was recently named one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States. This recognition comes from iVantage Health Analytics and is determined by the Hospital Strength Index.
The Top 100 list is compiled by an objective way of measuring 56 different performance metrics in three categories: market conditions, clinical and operational performance, and financial and qualitative outcomes.
"We are honored to be named as one of the top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the country. This is a testimonial to the patient-centered care Avera Holy Family Hospital provides," said Mike Hall, President & C.E.O. "This recognition salutes the skill and dedication that is displayed daily by our medical staff and employees."
Avera Holy Family Hospital was one of nine hospitals in Iowa to receive this award.
Small and rural hospitals play a critical role in providing efficient and effective healthcare that is on par with other larger suburban and urban counterparts.
"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.
A Critical Access Hospital (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 and provide 24-hour emergency services and be located in a rural area.