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Avera Holy Family honored

Local hospital among 2017 Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals

March 20, 2017
Estherville News

Avera Holy Family Hospital in Estherville, Iowa, was recently named one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States.

The Chartis Center for Rural Health and iVantage Health Analytics conducted the review that found Avera Holy Family among the nation's top 100.

Dale Hustedt, President and CEO for Avera Holy Family Hospital, said he's proud of his entire staff's work in earning this accolade.

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"This achievement is very gratifying and validates our daily commitment to providing the best health care possible to our community, while maintaining an efficient and effective facility," Hustedt said. "The diligence of our team and its ongoing efforts to exceed expectations shows when we receive this sort of national acknowledgement."

Avera Holy Family Hospital scored in the top 100 of Critical Access Hospitals on iVantage Health Analytics' Hospital Strength INDEX. The INDEX provides the data foundation for the annual Rural Relevance Study and its results are the basis for many of rural health care's most prominent awards, advocacy efforts and legislative initiatives.

The list of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals and more information about the study can be found online at

The Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals play a key role in providing a safety net to communities across America and the INDEX measures them across eight pillars of hospital strength: Inpatient Share Ranking, Outpatient Share Ranking, Cost, Charge, Quality, Outcomes, Patient Perspectives, and Financial Stability.

"It's more important than ever that rural hospitals proactively understand and address performance in the areas of cost, quality, outcomes and patient perspective. iVantage's INDEX was designed to serve as this industry model," said Michael Topchik, national leader of the Chartis Center for Rural Health. "Across the spectrum of performance indicators, there are rural providers that are writing the blueprint for success as they transition to value-based healthcare. Our analysis shows that this group of top performers exhibits a focused concern for their community needs."

The Chartis Group (Chartis) is a national advisory services firm dedicated to the healthcare industry. You can learn more at iVantage Health Analytics is a subsidiary of The Chartis Group and a leading provider of healthcare analytic and performance management analytic tools. More information is online at



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