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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 2020 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.

2020 Top 20 Critical Access Hospital winners

Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital - Miller, S.D.
Brodstone Memorial Hospital - Superior, Neb.
CHI St. Alexius Health Carrington - Carrington, N.D.
Clay County Medical Center - Clay Center, Kan.
Gove County Medical Center - Quinter, Kan.
Howard County Medical Center - Saint Paul, Neb.
Jamestown Regional Medical Center - Jamestown, N.D.
Kingman Community Hospital - Kingman, Kan.
Mayo Clinic Health System – Red Cedar - Menomonie, Wis.
Mayo Clinic Health System in Saint James - Saint James, Minn.
Miners’ Colfax Medical Center - Raton, N.M.
Osborne County Memorial Hospital - Osborne, Kan.
Rio Grande Hospital - Del Norte, Colo.
Sabetha Community Hospital - Sabetha, Kan.
Sanford Mayville Medical Center - Mayville, N.D.
ThedaCare Medical Center – Waupaca - Waupaca, Wis.
Transylvania Regional Hospital - Brevard, N.C.
Upland Hills Health - Dodgeville, Wis.
Wallowa Memorial Hospital - Enterprise, Ore.
Westfields Hospital and Clinic - New Richmond, Wis.

2020 Top 20 Critical Access Hospital Best Practice in
Quality recipients

Avera St. Benedict Health Center - Parkston, S.D.
Bear Lake Memorial Hospital - Montpelier, Idaho
Cavalier County Memorial Hospital & Clinics - Langdon, N.D.
Comanche County Hospital - Coldwater, Kan.
Gove County Medical Center - Quinter, Kan.
Indianhead Medical Center - Shell Lake, Wis.
Jefferson Community Health & Life - Fairbury, Neb.
Medicine Lodge Memorial Hospital - Medicine Lodge, Kan.
Northwood Deaconess Health Center - Northwood, N.D.
Osborne County Memorial Hospital - Osborne, Kan.
Pembina County Memorial Hospital - Cavalier, N.D.
Phillips County Hospital - Malta, Mont.
Ruby Valley Medical Center - Sheridan, Mont.
Sabetha Community Hospital - Sabetha, Kan.
Sheridan County Health Complex - Hoxie, Kan.
South Central Health - Wishek, N.D.
St. Andrew’s Health Center - Bottineau, N.D.
Sumner County Hospital District No 1 - Caldwell, Kan.
Towner County Medical Center - Cando, N.D.
West River Regional Medical Center - Hettinger, N.D.

2020 Top 20 Critical Access Hospital Best Practice in
Patient Satisfaction recipients

Abrom Kaplan Memorial Hospital - Kaplan, La.
Bigfork Valley Hospital - Bigfork, Minn.
Casey County Hospital - Liberty, Ky.
Catskill Regional Medical Center – Grover Hermann - Callicoon, N.Y.
Community Memorial Hospital - Sumner, Iowa
Iowa Specialty Hospital – Belmond - Belmond, Iowa
Jackson County Hospital District - Edna, Texas
Kirby Medical Center - Monticello, Ill.
Kittson Healthcare - Hallock, Minn.
Lady of the Sea General Hospital - Cut Off, La.
Madelia Community Hospital & Clinic - Madelia, Minn.
Mariners Hospital - Tavernier, Fla.
Mayo Clinic Health System in Springfield - Springfield, Minn.
Monroe County Hospital & Clinics - Albia, Iowa
Pawnee County Memorial Hospital - Pawnee City, Neb.
Prairie Ridge Hospital & Health Services - Elbow Lake, Minn.
St. Elizabeth Healthcare - Grant - Williamstown, Ky.
St. Martin Hospital - Breaux Bridge, La.
Union General Hospital - Farmerville, La.
West Holt Medical Services - Atkinson, Neb.
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.