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Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals

The National Rural Health Association recognizes the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals from a list of the Top 100 CAHs as determined by The Chartis Center for Rural Health. The 20 overall winners and 40 best practice recipients (in the quality and patient satisfaction categories) have achieved success based on the Hospital Strength Index. The top 20 critical access hospitals in the country (in all categories) are honored annually on the final day of NRHA's Critical Access Hospital Conference.

View the 2021 Top 20 CAH press release.

Review the criteria used to select Top 20 CAH overall winners and Top 20 CAH best practice recipients.

VIew Top 20 CAH history by state.
 

2021 Top 20 Critical Access Hospital winners

Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital - Miller, S.D.
Barrett Hospital & HealthCare - Dillon, Mont.
Beaver Valley Hospital - Beaver, Utah
Cass County Health System - Atlantic, Iowa
CHI St. Alexius Health Carrington - Carrington, N.D.
Clay County Medical Center - Clay Center, Kan.
Community Medical Center - Falls City, Neb.
Community Memorial Healthcare - Marysville, Kan.
Graham County Hospital - Hill City, Kan.
Howard County Medical Center - Saint Paul, Neb.
Jamestown Regional Medical Center - Jamestown, N.D.
Kingman Healthcare Center - Kingman, Kan.
Kossuth Regional Health Center - Algona, Iowa
Milbank Area Hospital Avera - Milbank, S.D.
Osborne County Memorial Hospital - Osborne, Kan.
Pella Regional Health Center - Pella, Iowa
River Hospital - Alexandria Bay, N.Y.
Towner County Medical Center - Cando, N.D.
Wallowa Memorial Hospital - Enterprise, Ore.
Westfields Hospital and Clinic - New Richmond, Wis.
 

2021 Top 20 Critical Access Hospital Best Practice in
Quality recipients

Allendale County Hospital - Fairfax, S.C.
Annie Jeffrey Memorial County Health Center - Osceola, Neb.
CHI Health Plainview - Plainview, Neb.
Comanche County Hospital - Coldwater, Kan.
Edgefield County Healthcare - Edgefield, S.C.
Gove County Medical Center - Quinter, Kan.
Harper County Community Hospital - Buffalo, Okla.
Kiowa District Healthcare - Kiowa, Kan.
Linton Hospital - Linton, N.D.
Loring Hospital - Sac City, Iowa
Medicine Lodge Memorial Hospital - Medicine Lodge, Kan.
Mitchell County Hospital District - Colorado City, Texas
Osborne County Memorial Hospital - Osborne, Kan.
Pembina County Memorial Hospital - Cavalier, N.D.
St. Andrew’s Health Center - Bottineau, N.D.
St. Luke’s Medical Center - Crosby, N.D.
Stafford County Hospital - Stafford, Kan.
Swift County – Benson Health Services - Benson, Minn.
Towner County Medical Center - Cando, N.D.
Trousdale Medical Center - Hartsville, Tenn.
 

2021 Top 20 Critical Access Hospital Best Practice in
Patient Satisfaction recipients

Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital - Miller, S.D.
Casey County Hospital - Liberty, Ky.
CHI Health Mercy Corning - Corning, Iowa
CHI Oakes Hospital - Oakes, N.D.
Collingsworth General Hospital - Wellington, Texas
Fillmore Community Hospital - Fillmore, Utah
First Care Health Center - Park River, N.D.
Hancock County Hospital - Sneedville, Tenn.
Henderson Health Care Services - Henderson, Neb.
Jackson County Hospital District - Edna, Texas
Kiowa District Healthcare - Kiowa, Kan.
Lady of the Sea General Hospital - Cut Off, La.
Madelia Health - Madelia, Minn.
MercyOne Elkader Medical Center - Elkader, Iowa
Monroe County Hospital & Clinics - Albia, Iowa
Monument Health Custer Hospital - Custer, S.D.
Richland Parish Hospital – Delhi - Delhi, La.
Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital - Solvang, Calif.
Union General Hospital - Farmerville, La.
Vidant Bertie Hospital - Windsor, N.C.
 
Learn more about The Chartis Center for Rural Health's Top 100 CAH and Top 100 Rural Community Hospital honorees.

For more information about NRHA’s Top 20 CAH recognition program, contact Donna Douglas.