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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 2018 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.

2018 Top 20 Critical Access Hospital winners
Androscoggin Valley Hospital - Berlin, N.H.
Aspirus Ironwood Hospital & Clinics, Inc. -Ironwood, Mich.
Aspirus Langlade Hospital - Antigo, Wis.
Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital - Miller, S.D.
Avera Holy Family Hospital - Estherville, Iowa
Barrett Hospital & HealthCare - Dillon, Mont.
Bear Lake Memorial Hospital - Montpelier, Idaho
Box Butte General Hospital - Alliance, Neb.
Central Montana Medical Center - Lewistown, Mont.
CHI St. Alexius Health Carrington - Carrington, N.D.
Community Hospital - McCook, Neb.
Community Medical Center - Falls City, Neb.
Floyd Valley Healthcare - Le Mars, Iowa
Grande Ronde Hospital - La Grande, Ore.
Jefferson Community Health Center - Fairbury, Neb.
Livingston Healthcare - Livingston, Mont.
Riverwood Healthcare Center - Aitkin, Minn.
Transylvania Regional Hospital - Brevard, N.C.
Wallowa Memorial Hospital - Enterprise, Ore.
West River Regional Medical Center - Hettinger, N.D.

2018 Top 20 Critical Access Hospital Best Practice in
Quality recipients

Baum Harmon Mercy Hospital - Primghar, Iowa
Bear Lake Memorial Hospital - Montpelier, Idaho
Bigfork Valley Hospital - Bigfork, Minn.
Butler County Health Care Center - David City, Neb.
Catskill Regional Medical Center Grover Hermann - Callicoon, N.Y.
CHI Health Missouri Valley - Missouri Valley, Iowa
CHI Health Plainview - Plainview, Neb.
Cozad Community Hospital - Cozad, Neb.
Franklin County Memorial Hospital - Franklin, Neb.
Gordon Memorial Hospital - Gordon, Neb.
Grisell Memorial Hospital - Ransom, Kan.
Gundersen St. Joseph’s Hospital and Clinics - Hillsboro, Wis.
Howard County Medical Center - Saint Paul, Neb.
Kingman Community Hospital - Kingman, Kan.
Lafayette Regional Health Center - Lexington, Mo.
Mercy Hospital Tishomingo - Tishomingo, Okla.
Mitchell County Hospital District - Colorado City, Texas
Sanford Westbrook Medical Center - Westbrook, Minn.
St. Andrew’s Health Center - Bottineau, N.D.
St. Luke Hospital and Living Center - Marion, Kan.

2018 Top 20 Critical Access Hospital Best Practice in
Patient Satisfaction recipients
Anderson County Hospital - Garnett, Kan.
Bigfork Valley Hospital - Bigfork, Minn.
CHI Health Mercy Corning - Corning, Iowa
Electra Memorial Hospital - Electra, Texas
Grace Cottage Hospital - Townshend, Vt.
Gundersen Tri-County Hospital and Clinics - Whitehall, Wis.
Harper County Community Hospital - Buffalo, Okla.
Hopedale Hospital - Hopedale, Ill.
Iowa Specialty Hospital Belmond - Belmond, Iowa
Kirby Medical Center - Monticello, Ill.
Laird Hospital - Union, Miss.
Mercy Hospital Cassville - Cassville, Mo.
Mitchell County Hospital District - Colorado City, Texas
Murray County Medical Center - Slayton, Minn.
Osmond General Hospital - Osmond, Neb.
Pawnee County Memorial Hospital - Pawnee City, Neb.
Sanford Hillsboro Medical Center - Hillsboro, N.D.
Sanford Mayville Medical Center - Mayville, N.D.
Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital - Solvang, Calif.
Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center - Walsenburg, Colo.
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.