Avera HCMH named in top 100 Critical Access Hospitals

Posted June 13, 2013 at 10:50 am

Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital in Miller was recently named one of the HealthStrong™ Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in the United States.

“Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital is proud of the efforts of its physicians and staff who have contributed to our hospital achieving this designation,” said Bryan Breitling, Hospital CEO. “This is the second year in a row that we have received the award and we are excited about the recognition we receive as a result of everyone’s commitment to our community resulting in this award.”

Breitling said the award is not something applied for by submitting any report or application, but is determined by iVantage studying all CAHs in the U.S. and ranking them accordingly.

The HealthStrong™ Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals, including Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital, scored best among critical access hospitals on the iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength Index™.  The 2013 Top 100 CAH announcement is the second release of this important designation. The Hospital Strength Index is first-ever comprehensive rating of CAHs and the results recognize the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals that provide a “safety-net” to communities across rural America – measuring them across 56 different performance metrics, including quality, outcomes, patient perspective, affordability and efficiency. More information can be found at www.iVantageHealth.com/HSI.

“Rural hospitals play a critical role in providing needed care to communities across America, yet the challenges are completely different while being as complex as urban hospitals. The need for enhanced performance and a framework for success are equally important as hospitals prepare for the impact of health reform,” said John Morrow, EVP of iVantage Health Analytics.