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MARYSVILLE – Community Memorial Healthcare (CMH), Marysville, was recently named one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States for 2019 for the third consecutive year by the Chartis Center for Rural Health.

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Regarded as one of the industry’s most significant designations of performance excellence, the annual Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals award is based upon the results of the Hospital Strength INDEX® from iVantage Health Analytics.

“In an era of increased complexity and uncertainty, Top 100 hospitals have established themselves as a bellwether for rural provider performance,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader of The Chartis Center for Rural Health. “Top 100 status is a real indicator of how proactive these hospitals are when it comes to pushing for performance improvement in areas such as quality, outcomes, patient safety, market share and finance.”

“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,” said Curtis Hawkinson, Chief Executive Officer (CEO). “I am extremely pleased that our staff is being recognized for their commitment to outcomes, patient safety and the patient’s experience here. Being recognized three years in a row is extraordinary.”

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.

Out of the Top 100 critical access hospitals recognized in 2019, only 7 are in Kansas. Only two other regional hospitals were recognized – Sabetha Community Hospital, Sabetha, and Jefferson Health & Life, Fairbury, Nebraska.

To see a full list of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals, and for more information about the study, visit www.iVantageINDEX.com.

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