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By Staff from Becker’s Hospital Review
Becker’s Healthcare is pleased to release the 2018 edition of its 100 Great Community Hospitals list.
This list includes independent community hospitals as well as facilities affiliated with large health systems. Some hospitals serve expansive rural geographies, while others care for small communities outside of large cities. Many of the hospitals have been recognized for their clinical quality, operational excellence and economic impact on the surrounding areas. For the purposes of this list, Becker’s defines a community hospital as a facility with no more than 550 beds.
The Becker’s editorial team selected hospitals for inclusion based on several outside rankings and ratings organizations, including IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals, iVantage Health Analytics and The Chartis Center for Rural Health’s Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals, CareChex ratings, Leapfrog Group grades, Healthgrades awards and CMS stars, among other considerations.
Note: This list is not exhaustive, nor is it meant to be a ranking. Organizations are listed in alphabetical order.
Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital (Downers Grove, Ill.). Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital is part of Advocate Health Care, a 12-hospital health system based in Illinois. With exponential growth in the last four decades, the hospital now has more than 2,700 nurses, clinicians, technicians, therapists and other healthcare professionals who partner with nearly 1,000 physicians. In 2016 the hospital was named among IBM Watson Health’s 100 Top Hospitals, and its features include the only Level 1 trauma center in DuPage County and a certified Level 3 neonatal intensive care unit.
Alhambra (Calif.) Hospital Medical Center. The 144-bed Alhambra Hospital Medical Center is the first solely Chinese-owned hospital in Southern California. Its 600-person workforce serves an ethnically diverse patient population near Los Angeles and offers many services free or at a nominal fee. The hospital includes 300 physicians from 32 specialties and offers patients free transportation to and from visits. In November 2017, the hospital’s subacute unit celebrated 25 years of service and a five-star rating from CMS, the highest rating for nursing homes and long-term care facilities.
Alvarado Hospital Medical Center (San Diego). Alvarado Hospital Medical Center has 306 beds and is a member of Ontario, Calif.-based Prime Healthcare. Its 392 physicians serve a population that skews older, and partners with the San Diego State University Aztec football and basketball teams. The hospital also built a new 21,000 emergency department in 2018, doubling patient capacity and offering expansion capability. The medical center recently was awarded a CMS five-star designation for clinical quality and received the Healthgrades 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Award for the fourth consecutive year.
Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center (Medford, Ore.). Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, a 378-bed regional referral and trauma center, features the only neonatal intensive care unit, home care and hospice services in the area, as well as the only hospital-based sleep center in southern Oregon. It is part of Medford-based Asante, which serves more than 600,000 people across southern Oregon and northern California. Asante Rogue received a five-star quality rating in 2018 from CMS and IBM Watson Health honored the hospital as one of its 100 Top Hospitals in the nation in 2018.
Ascension St. Michael’s Hospital (Stevens Point, Wis.). St. Michael’s Hospital is part of St. Louis-based Ascension, the nation’s largest faith-based nonprofit health system. It is a fully accredited acute care facility with more than 200 physicians. In 2018, iVantage named Ascension St. Michael’s Hospital a Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital and it received a five-star quality rating from CMS.
Aspirus Riverview Hospital & Clinics (Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.). Aspirus Riverview Hospital formed in 2015 through the merger of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.-based Riverview Hospital Association and Wausau, Wis.-based Aspirus. Since then, the nonprofit, community-directed healthcare organization has prospered and embarked on new development programs. In the spring of 2019 the hospital plans to open a new 17,000-squre-foot emergency department and a new 21,000-squre-foot birthplace. iVantage recognized Aspirus Riverview as a Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital in 2018, two years after Healthgrades honored the hospital with its Outstanding Patient Experience Award in 2016.
Augusta Health (Fishersville, Va.). Augusta Health is a community hospital in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. As of 2017, the hospital had 255 beds, 193 active physicians and a workforce of 2,100 people. The hospital is an integral part of the community. In 2017, Augusta Health reported 57,000 emergency visits, 10,750 admissions, 1,100 babies delivered and 700 new cancer patients. In 2018, it received the Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for the fourth consecutive year.
Aurora BayCare Medical Center (Green Bay, Wis.). Aurora BayCare Medical Center, a joint venture between Milwaukee-based Aurora Health Care and Green Bay-based BayCare Clinic, serves patients in the Green Bay area and communities in northeastern Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Established in 2001, the 167-bed, full-service hospital earned recognition as one of IBM Watson’s 100 Top Hospitals in 2015 and 2016, and U.S. News & World Report recognized it as a best regional hospital in 2016-17 for the fifth time.
Avera Queen of Peace Hospital (Mitchell, S.D.). Avera Queen of Peace Hospital, part of Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Avera Health, serves patients in central South Dakota. The 67-bed regional hospital and related facilities include the nationally accredited Avera Cancer Institute Mitchell, with six major regional locations and more than 40 outreach sites. The hospital is an iVantage Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital for 2018 and earned a five-star quality rating from CMS.
UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center (Steamboat Springs, Colo.). Yampa Valley Medical Center, a 39-bed acute care hospital, officially joined Aurora, Colo.-based UCHealth in 2017. Prior to the acquisition, YVMC had partnered with UCHealth to implement EHR and roll out its patient portal and mobile app so patients could have remote access their medical records. Post-transaction, the health system made a commitment to invest in the YVMC’s behavioral health and substance abuse programs as well as boost infrastructure and service line improvements. The hospital sits in northern Colorado’s Yampa Valley, about 150 miles from Denver, and serves more than 51,000 outpatients annually. In 2018, iVantage named YVMC a 100 Top Rural & Community Hospital.
Blanchard Valley Hospital (Findlay, Ohio). The 150-bed Blanchard Valley Hospital is part of Blanchard Valley Health System, a two-hospital system in Findlay founded in 1881. The health system maintains more than 2,000 associates and 600-plus volunteers in the eight counties it serves. Blanchard Valley Hospital received an “A” grade for patient safety for spring 2018 by The Leapfrog Group. The facility also was recognized as one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals in 2018 by IBM Watson Health for the sixth consecutive year.
Bozeman (Mont.) Health Deaconess Hospital. The 86-bed Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital, part of Bozeman Health, is a licensed Level 3 trauma center and home to 26 clinics. The hospital employs 200 physicians and medical professionals focused on more than 35 specialties. Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital’s primary care practices were the first in the state to receive Level 3 medical home recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. The hospital was named among the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals for 2018 by iVantage.
Brookings (S.D.) Health System. Brookings Health System, which has around 650 staff members, comprises a 49-bed acute care hospital as well as a 79-bed skilled nursing facility. The health system serves a vast patient population with growing and evolving needs. After years of planning and construction, in 2017 the health system completed a renovation and expansion of its 62,500-square-foot hospital and 30,000 square-foot medical office building. In 2018, iVantage named Brooking Health System to its Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals list.
Cape Cod Hospital (Hyannis, Mass.). Cape Cod Hospital boasts one of the busiest emergency centers statewide and sees more than 85,000 patients annually. The Cape Cod Hospital staff performs over 2 million lab tests and 12,500 surgical procedures each year. The 38-acre hospital campus is home to the O’Keefe Surgical Pavilion, which features 14 inpatient and outpatient surgery rooms and two cardiac surgery rooms, as well as the 20-bed Cape Psych Center, which offers a plethora of mental and behavioral health services.
Cedar City (Utah) Hospital. The current 48-bed, 170,000-square-foot Cedar City Hospital was built in 2003, and has undergone four expansions, most recently in 2012. The nonprofit hospital is part of Intermountain Healthcare, a Salt Lake City-based health system comprising 22 hospitals, a medical group and 1,400 employed primary care and secondary care physicians. Cedar City Hospital was named among the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in 2018 by iVantage.
Centinela Hospital Medical Center (Inglewood, Calif.). The 369-bed Centinela Hospital Medical Center has served the Inglewood community since 1924, providing healthcare to more than 140,000 patients and their families from Los Angeles to the South Bay region. The institution maintains up to 3,500 employees and has received numerous awards for its quality of care. Healthgrades honored Centinela Hospital Medical Center with a five-star performance in nine treatments, procedures and specialties in 2017. The hospital also received an “A” grade for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group in spring 2017 for the fifth consecutive year.
Central Vermont Medical Center (Berlin). Central Vermont Medical Center was formed in 1963 through the merger of Heaton Hospital and Barre City Hospital. Today, the 122-bed hospital serves a population of 66,000 and employs about 1,700 full-time and part-time employees. The institution’s emergency department sees more than 25,000 patients annually and handles more than 164,000 outpatient treatments and 3,000 surgeries per year. Central Vermont Medical Center boasts a medical staff of 135 physicians and 35-plus nurse practitioners, physician assistants and midwives. iVantage named the hospital among the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals for 2018.
Childress (Texas) Regional Medical Center. Childress Regional Medical Center initially was built in 1970 as the 75-bed Childress General Hospital. Today, the original hospital building stands at the center of Childress Regional Medical Center, a 39-bed institution that serves as the primary healthcare provider for more than 30,000 residents in five counties. The facility underwent numerous renovations between 1991 and 2016, adding a rural health clinic, dialysis center and classrooms. Childress Regional Medical Center was named among the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals for 2018 by iVantage.
Chino (Calif.) Valley Medical Center. Established in 1972, Chino Valley Medical Center is a 112-bed community hospital in Southern California. The hospital is part of Ontario, Calif.-based Prime Healthcare, which employs more than 40,000 people at its 45 hospitals in 14 states. Healthgrades awarded Chino Valley Medical Center the 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Award, ranking the hospital among the top 5 percent of all acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data in 2018. The medical center also earned a five-star rating on CMS’ Hospital Compare website.
Chippewa County War Memorial Hospital (Sault Sainte Marie, Mich.). Chippewa County War Memorial Hospital has served its community for more than 100 years. The hospital employs more than 900 people and comprises a 49-bed acute care hospital, a 51-bed long-term care unit and a 30,000-square-foot rehabilitation center, among other facilities. The Leapfrog Group awarded Chippewa County War Memorial Hospital an “A” grade for patient safety in spring 2018. The same year, the hospital was designated one of the top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the U.S. by the National Rural Health Association’s Rural Health Policy Institute.
Dickinson County Healthcare System (Iron Mountain, Mich.). Founded in 1952, Dickinson County Healthcare System employs 90 physicians and 850-plus staff members. The health system serves the northern Wisconsin and the central Upper Peninsula communities. Dickinson County Healthcare System earned recognition as a Healthgrades’ Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient for the fourth consecutive year in 2018.
EvergreenHealth Kirkland (Wash.). EvergreenHealth Kirkland is Evergreen Health’s main campus and a Level 3 trauma center. The hospital encompasses a 318-bed medical center and four medical specialty buildings. Healthgrades recognized EvergreenHealth Kirkland among America’s 100 Best Hospitals in 2018 and IBM Watson Health named the hospital one of its 100 Top Hospitals in 2017.
Fairview Northland Medical Center (Princeton, Minn.). Fairview Northland Medical Center has been in operation since 1993 and is currently under the umbrella of Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services. The hospital is known for excellence in patient care and earned top awards for nursing quality and emergency department patient outcomes. In 2016, IBM Watson Health named Fairview Northland to its list of 100 Top Hospitals in the nation. Fairview Northland also was recognized among America’s best hospitals for obstetrics in 2016 by Women’s Choice Award.
Faith Regional Health Services (Norfolk, Neb.). Founded in 1923, Faith Regional Health Services haws grown into a 131-bed acute care facility. The hospital employs more than 1,200 people, manages physician clinics and is affiliated with Faith Regional Physician Services. The National Rural Health Association named Faith Regional to its Top 20 Rural & Community Hospitals in the nation list in 2018.
FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital (Pinehurst, N.C.). A 402-bed medical center, FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital is the flagship hospital for FirstHealth of the Carolinas. The hospital opened in 1929 and has grown to support 249 affiliated physicians and 2,700-plus employees today. It serves 15 counties through direct care and referrals. In 2017, the hospital made IBM Watson Health’s list of 100 Top Hospitals in the nation.
Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center (Daytona Beach, Fla.). Opened in 1967, Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center is a member of Altamonte Springs, Fla.-based Adventist Health System. The medical center encompasses a 293-bed hospital in Daytona Beach, an 80-bed hospital in Ormond Beach and two outpatient locations. Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center has 400-plus physicians and 1,700-plus employees. In 2016, the medical center unveiled its Level 2 neonatal intensive care unit.
Fort Madison (Iowa) Community Hospital. With a history spanning back to 1912, the current Fort Madison Community Hospital was dedicated in 1987. It has since unveiled an expanded surgery center and a 23,500-square-foot outpatient rehabilitation services center, among other renovation projects. Today, the hospital employs 450 people, including 27 providers. Among the hospital’s many community initiatives is Health Care University, a program offering high school students insight into healthcare careers, and its annual women’s health conference.
Franklin Woods Community Hospital (Johnson City, Tenn.). An 80-bed nonprofit hospital, Franklin Woods Community Hospital opened in July 2010 to replace the North Side and Johnson City specialty hospitals. Franklin Woods spans 240,000 square feet, featuring native stone walls and healing gardens. The U.S. Green Building Council designated the hospital as silver Level LEED-certified, and the hospital was the first in the state to earn The Joint Commission’s perinatal care certification.
French Hospital Medical Center (San Luis Obispo, Calif.). The French Hospital Medical Center has been in operation for about 70 years. San Francisco-based Dignity Health acquired the hospital in June 2004 and expects to begin a $100 million-plus expansion project in November 2019. Once complete, the new expansion will include a four-story, 85,000-square-foot addition; a 20,000-square-foot renovation; 95 additional private patient rooms; and an eight-bed neonatal intensive care unit are among the many construction projects. At the end of the project, the hospital will have 195 licensed beds.
Gordon Hospital (Calhoun, Ga.). Dating back to the 1930s, the Gordon Hospital now has 69 beds. The hospital is part of Adventist Health System, a 47-hospital nonprofit health system based in Altamonte Springs, Fla. Gordon Hospital is the only CMS five-star rated hospital in northwest Georgia. In January 2014, the hospital broke ground on a $37 million construction project to add 59,000 square feet and renovate 11,500 square feet; the construction introduced a new patient tower entrance and expanded the emergency department.
Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center (Jasper, Ind.). Established in 1951 and sponsored by the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary, the 137-bed Memorial Hospital and Health Center care has grown to take on about 6,600 inpatients and 254,000 outpatients. In 2017, the hospital earned a five-star rating from CMS and appeared on iVantage’s Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals list a year later in 2018. Healthgrades has highlighted the quality of care at Memorial Hospital for the last nine years, naming the hospital among the top 5 percent in the U.S. for outstanding patient experience.
Hawkins County Memorial Hospital (Rogersville, Tenn.). The 50-bed Hawkins County Memorial Hospital is part of Johnson City, Tenn.-based Ballad Health, a 21-hospital integrated healthcare system. Hawkins County Memorial was founded in 1961, funded by the community and has grown to include more than 50 board-certified physicians and 160 nurses, technicians and support staff. Hawkins County Memorial was named to the iVantage Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals list in 2018 and was named an IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospital for the third year in 2018.
Henry Community Health (New Castle, Ind.). Henry Community Health traces its roots back to 1930, when the 49-bed Henry County Memorial Hospital first opened its doors. In 2015, the hospital began doing business as Henry Community Health to better reflect its philosophy of promoting overall health. This philosophy continues to guide Henry Community Health in its latest endeavors and accolades. In 2017, Henry Community Health opened a multimillion-dollar primary care campus, upgraded its surgery center, completed a hospital addition and opened a pain clinic. The hospital was named to the iVantage Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals list in 2018, earned a five-star rating on CMS’ Hospital Compare site, and was among 2 percent of hospitals in the nation to earn both the Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award and the Patient Safety Excellence Award for 2018.
Hill Country Memorial Hospital (Fredericksburg, Texas). Hill Country Memorial Hospital is an 86-bed hospital that serves eight counties surrounding Fredericksburg. HCM opened its doors on Feb. 14, 1971, to more than 5,000 members of the community — roughly equal to the entire population of Fredericksburg, almost all of whom donated funds to help open the facility. Today, the quality of care provided by the hospital’s 650 employees, 200 volunteers and 140 medical staff has garnered attention beyond Gillespie County: In 2018, HCM was named to iVantage’s 100 Top Rural & Community Hospitals list and awarded a five-star rating on CMS Hospital Compare.
Holland (Mich.) Hospital. Holland Hospital was established in a house in 1917, and over the last century has grown to encompass a 189-bed main campus with a network of satellite locations and more than 2,000 employees, 440 physicians and 300 volunteers. In 2017, nearly 1,800 babies were delivered at the hospital, where physicians and surgeons performed 15,893 procedures and logged 443,373 outpatient visits. Beyond the numbers, Holland Hospital earned five stars from CMS’ overall star ratings in the past year.
Holy Family Memorial (Manitowoc, Wis.). Holy Family Memorial was built on the enthusiasm and funding raised by the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity. Responding to a call for a local hospital from clergy and community leaders, the Sisters generated enough interest and capital to a modern hospital — complete with an elevator — on Sept. 28, 1899. The health system aims to stay at the forefront of healthcare innovation. In 2018, Holy Family Memorial was named to iVantage’s Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals list and earned a five-star overall quality rating from CMS.
Houston Methodist Sugar Land (Texas) Hospital. Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is one of eight hospitals in Houston Methodist’s system, built in 1998 as a 22-bed hospital so the academic medical center could tap the patient population in Fort Bend County. However, that patient population expressed the need for a full-service hospital. The population in Fort Bend has more than doubled since Houston Methodist Sugar Land’s beginnings, and with it the hospital has grown to include more than 1,000 affiliated physicians. Houston Methodist is home to five centers of excellence and now serves more than 225,000 patients annually.
Howard Young Medical Center (Woodruff, Wis.). Howard Young Medical Center is a rural acute care hospital and member of Ascension Wisconsin, a division of the country’s largest Catholic nonprofit health system. The hospital opened its doors in 1977, replacing the former Lakeland Memorial Hospital. Today, the 54-bed Howard Young Medical Center has 55 active medical staff, with additional courtesy, affiliated and telemedicine providers. In 2018, Howard Young completed phase two of a $5 million renovation project that will revamp its emergency department, as well as its rehabilitation services, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and wound care unit.
HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese (Ill.). St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese is part of Hospital Sisters Health System’s Southern Illinois division. The first St. Joseph’s opened in 1897 and was later replaced by a new 103-bed facility in the 1960s. HSHS St. Joseph’s Breese continues to grow with a $9.4 million outpatient surgery expansion and hospital renovation project. HSHS St. Joseph’s Breese is also expanding in other ways. Last February, it partnered with St. Louis-based SSM Health Cardinal Glennon to expand its neonatal telemedicine offerings, and it now hosts three nurses for 18-week residency training through the HSHS Southern Illinois Division’s new RN Residency Program.
Inova Fair Oaks Hospital (Fairfax, Va.). Inova Fair Oaks Hospital is a 182-bed acute care community hospital, one of five in the $3.3 billion Inova Health System based in Falls Church, Va. The hospital opened in 1987 and more than three decades later, the hospital continues to grow. Inova Fair Oaks earned a five-star overall quality rating from CMS and has been awarded an “A” grade for safety from The Leapfrog Group every year since 2012.
Intermountain Dixie Regional Medical Center (St. George, Utah). With 245 beds, Intermountain Dixie Regional Medical Center is the major medical referral center for northwestern Arizona, southeastern Nevada and southern Utah. The hospital dates back to 1913 when Donald McGregor, MD, began operating out of a two-story home until 1952. Several expansions and an acquisition by Intermountain later, Dixie Regional Medical Center now spans three campuses in St. George. Intermountain Dixie Regional Medical Center is putting the finishing touches on a $300 million renovation project, which has been underway since 2016 and is slated for a grand opening Sept. 12.
Intermountain McKay-Dee Hospital (Ogden, Utah). A part of the 22-hospital Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare system, Intermountain McKay-Dee Hospital is a 321-bed nonprofit hospital serving residents of northern Utah and nearby areas. Intermountain McKay-Dee Hospital operates a Level 2 trauma center and is the northern base for more than 3,200 Life Flight patient flights each year. The hospital’s numerous accolades include an “A” safety grade from The Leapfrog Group in 2018 and selection for IBM Watson Health’s 100 Top Hospitals in 2016.
Ivinson Memorial Hospital (Laramie, Wyo.). Founded in 1917, Ivinson Memorial Hospital celebrated its 100th birthday last year with the opening of a medical office comprising 35 examination rooms and three procedural rooms. The medical office building is attached to the hospital, allowing 20-plus primary and specialty providers seamless coordination with hospital-based services like imaging. The National Rural Health Association named Ivinson Memorial Hospital among the Top 20 Rural Hospitals in the nation for 2018.
Jamestown (N.D.) Regional Medical Center. Twenty-five bed Jamestown Regional Medical Center is a critical access hospital that employs nine physicians and affiliates with physicians at four local clinics. It is the only hospital within a 100-mile radius to still deliver babies, and is in the process of opening a cancer center serving more than 55,000 patients in the south-central region of North Dakota. Employee satisfaction at Jamestown Regional Medical Center is high compared to the national average, with the hospital consistently reporting a lower-than-average turnover rate.
Kalispell (Mont.) Regional Medical Center. Kalispell Regional Medical Center includes a Level 3 trauma center, a neuroscience and spine institute, and a neonatal intensive care unit. More than 400 physicians and 3,400 employees across 100 departments provide care and administrative assistance to patients at the five-star CMS-rated hospital. For $45, Kalispell Regional Medical Center patients can access unscheduled 24/7 online urgent care visits via FaceTime or Skype through KRH Care Anywhere. iVantage designated Kalispell Regional Medical Center a Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital for 2018.
Lakeview Medical Center (Rice Lake, Wis.). Opened as Rice Lake Hospital 1922, Lakeview Medical Center has grown into a 40-bed nonprofit hospital that serves patients in northwest Wisconsin under the Marshfield (Wis.) Clinic Health System. Sixty-seven physicians work at Lakeview Medical Center across 22 specialties, with its number of resident physicians and specialists outpacing all other area hospitals. Each year, the CMS five-star-rated hospital sees more than 40,000 outpatient visits and 3,000-plus inpatient stays and performs more than 3,800 surgeries.
Lawrence (Kan.) Memorial Hospital. The original Lawrence Memorial Hospital was constructed in the fall of 1929 and held 50 beds. Today, the community-owned nonprofit hospital has 174 beds and is led by a nine-member board of trustees. In March 2018, Lawrence Memorial Hospital released the details of its planned $93 million, 200,000-square-foot outpatient medical building, which will house a surgery center, an orthopedic center of excellence, an expanded breast center, a therapy practice, physician offices and a retail pharmacy.
Logan (Utah) Regional Hospital. Nonprofit Logan Regional Hospital, located 80 miles northeast of Salt Lake City, is a member of the Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Health. The 146-bed hospital has a Level 3 trauma center and staffs 182 physicians. Every year since 2014, IBM Watson Health has named Logan Regional Hospital to its 100 Top Hospitals list. In the future, the hospital has plans to enhance cancer care at its Gossner Cancer Center thanks in part to a local family who gifted the hospital $5 million — its largest donation ever — in November 2017.
Major Health Partners (Shelbyville, Ind.). Founded in 1924, Major Health Partners has evolved into a crucial healthcare provider for residents of Shelbyville, Ind. In 2017, the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health awarded Major Health Partners its Performance Leadership Award for improving high-quality care and providing better outcomes for its patients. In 2018, iVantage named Major Health Partners to its Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals list. The hospital also has a reputation for innovation as one of the first in Indiana to pioneer a successful EHR implementation.
Marin General Hospital (Greenbrae, Calif.). Established in 1952, Marin General Hospital operates as a freestanding 235-bed hospital with 484 physicians. The community hospital is home to a Level 3 trauma center and the Center for Integrative Health & Wellness, which complements patients’ medical treatment with integrative therapies. The Leapfrog Group recognized Marin General Hospital with an “A” grade for patient safety in 2018, and the hospital received “Baby-Friendly” status from Baby-Friendly USA in 2017.
Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center (Houston). Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center opened in 1971 and has since expanded to include 1,100 affiliated physicians and 1,800 employees. The 444-bed hospital repeatedly ranks among the top 5 percent of hospitals and features a 33-story tower holding Houston’s first dedicated women’s and children’s facility outside of the Houston-based Texas Medical Center. The tower also houses the hospital’s new Center for Advanced Orthopedics, a 90,000-square-foot facility specializing in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine.
Mercer County Community Hospital – Coldwater (Ohio). Mercer County Community Hospital anchors Mercer Health, a 75-plus affiliated physician network with eight medical centers and offices in Ohio. Mercer Health is a critical pillar to Coldwater and surrounding communities, employing around 600 people and offering community outreach and educational programs. Mercer County Community Hospital appeared on the iVantage Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals list in 2018 for the third consecutive year.
Mercy Health-Clermont Hospital (Batavia, Ohio). Founded in 1973, Mercy Health-Clermont Hospital was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by IBM Watson Health in 2016. In the spring of 2018, Leapfrog added to Clermont Hospital’s growing list of accolades by awarding the organization an “A” grade for patient safety. To earn Healogics’ Robert A. Warriner III Center of Excellence award for two consecutive years, the hospital’s wound care center achieved a 95 percent patient satisfaction rate and a 94 percent healing rate.
Mercy Health-Defiance (Ohio) Hospital. Mercy Health-Defiance Hospital aims to deliver high quality care with its eight-bed emergency center, 23 patient beds, two operating rooms, two procedure rooms and four-bed observation unit. The organization proved its merit by earning a five-star rating from CMS and Leapfrog’s “A” grade in 2017 for reducing errors, infections and accidents. Mercy Health-Defiance is an important component of Mercy Health’s network, which includes 33,500 employees and 1,700-plus physicians.
Mercy Health-Fairfield (Ohio) Hospital. Mercy Health-Fairfield has delivered the most babies in Butler County, Ohio, for the last two decades, and its nurses earned the 2016 National Outstanding Quality Evidence Based Award from the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses. Fairfield Hospital is distinctive because surgeons perform heart valve replacements without open heart surgery. With a network of nearly 70 locations, Fairfield Hospital was awarded Leapfrog’s “A” grade for patient safety in spring 2018.
Mercy Hospital (Coon Rapids, Minn.). Mercy Hospital is the result of Mercy and Unity hospitals merging in 2017 to form one strong single entity operating on two campuses in Coon Rapids, Minn., and Fridley, Minn. Intended to enhance patient care and draw top talent, the merger spurred an ICU expansion and the creation of a 40-bed orthopedics and spine unit. The hospital is included in Allina Health, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit system.
Mercy Hospital Washington (Mo.). With 150 acute licensed beds and 24 clinic and outpatient facilities, Mercy Hospital Washington is the only state-designated Level 3 trauma center between St. Louis and Jefferson City, Mo. In addition to earning a five-star rating from CMS in 2017, Mercy Hospital Washington secured a spot on the iVantage Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals list in 2018.
Mercy Iowa City (Iowa). Drawing patients from throughout southeast Iowa, Mercy Iowa City features more than 200 acute care beds, 25 private rooms for outpatient surgery and a 26-bed nursery with Level 2 neonatal intensive care. Mercy Iowa City is the only hospital in Iowa to receive the 2018 Joint Replacement Excellence Award from Healthgrades, and it achieved a five-star rating from CMS the year before in 2017. In May, the hospital was awarded the Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.
Mercy Regional Medical Center (Durango, Colo.). Founded in 1882, the 82-bed Mercy Regional Medical Center is the only hospital in Southwest Colorado to achieve a five-star rating for overall quality from CMS in 2017. For 10 straight years, Healthgrades has named Mercy Regional among the top 5 percent of U.S. hospitals for outstanding patient experience. Mercy Regional is part of the Centura Health network and has grown to become the largest medical facility in its region.
Mid Coast Hospital (Brunswick, Maine). Mid Coast Hospital, a 93-bed facility included in the Mid Coast-Parkview Health network, is Brunswick’s largest employer with 2,000 workers. It is the only community hospital in Maine to be named a Magnet hospital for excellence in nursing and patient care by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Leapfrog also recognized Mid Coast Hospital by granting it an “A” in hospital safety.
Monroe (Wis.) Clinic Hospital. The five-star CMS-rated Monroe Clinic is an acute care hospital with more than 120 medical providers on staff. The hospital is routinely at or above the Wisconsin average for several CMS patient satisfaction measures and is above the national average in every measure. The clinic is sponsored by SSH Health, which operates in Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri and Oklahoma.
Montrose (Colo.) Memorial Hospital. With more than 100 physicians on staff and 700 employees, Montrose Memorial Hospital is a 75-bed facility that has been in existence since 1950. Montrose Memorial Hospital has positioned itself within the burgeoning southwest Colorado region to grow with the area and serve as a vital health provider. The hospital appears among the iVantage Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals list.
Morris (Ill.) Hospital & Healthcare Centers. Established in 1906, 86-bed Morris Hospital has a staff of more than 1,300 employees and 200 physicians. The hospital has both Level 2 trauma center and perinatal care provider designation. Morris has received many honors including Advisory Board’s 2017 Workplace of the Year Award, 12 five-star Excellence in Healthcare Awards from Professional Research Consultants and IBM Watson Health named the hospital one of its 100 Top Hospitals in the nation in 2016.
Mosaic Life Care (St. Joseph, Mo.). Mosaic Life Care has been consistently recognized as one of the top hospitals in the nation. In 2018, Healthgrades named the five-star CMS-rated hospital one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals and bestowed its Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence on it as well. Mosaic Life Care is a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award winner and IBM Watson Health named the hospital to its 100 Top Hospitals list in 2017.
MHP Medical Center (Shelbyville, Ind.). Since 1924, MHP Medical Center has provided high quality care to Shelbyville and its surrounding areas. The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health recognized MHP Medical Center with its Performance Leadership Award in 2017, honoring the rural hospital for excellence in quality and outcomes. Hospitals & Health Networks ranked MHP Medical Center among the Top 100 Most Wired hospitals in America three times for its exemplary technological infrastructure.
Newberry (S.C.) County Memorial Hospital. Founded Dec. 22, 1925, Newberry County Memorial Hospital’s many iterations reflect strong community support for exceptional healthcare. The hospital is widely recognized as one of the leading community hospitals, receiving five stars from Healthgrades in total hip replacement from 2012 to 2017; total knee replacement in 2017; and hip fracture treatment from 2015 to 2017. Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade awarded Newberry straight A’s from 2016 to 2018, and Healthgrades bestowed its Outstanding Patient Experience Award on the hospital in 2016 and 2017.
Newton (Kan.) Medical Center. The 103-bed, nonprofit Newton Medical Center was founded in 1988 after Axtell Hospital and Bethel Deaconess Hospital merged. The hospital has received many honors, such as being named among iVantage 2016 Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals and receiving the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health’s Performance Leadership Award in 2017.
Northern Hospital of Surry County (Mount Airy, N.C.). The 160-bed Northern Hospital of Surry County provides care to the entire Surry County region. The hospital has seen a number of improvements since its 1957 construction. The latest was a 58,000-square-foot surgical services expansion, which includes a hospital-owned surgery center on campus. The Leapfrog Group awarded the hospital consecutive “A” safety scores from 2015 to 2017.
Northern Maine Medical Center (Fort Kent). The 49-bed Northern Maine Medical Center appeared among the iVantage Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals list in 2017 and earned the National Rural Healthcare Association’s 2017 Top 20 Rural Community Hospitals in the U.S. distinction. The five-star CMS-rated hospital also features a six-bed intensive care unit and about 48 healthcare providers. Northern Maine Medical Center was opened in 1952 and serves an area of about 15,000 residents. In 2017, the hospital supported 525 employees and generated $88 million in economic activity for the local economy.
Novant Health Huntersville (N.C.) Medical Center. This full-service medical center has 91 beds and offers advanced health specialties, including maternity, cardiovascular and oncology. The community hospital, which is affiliated with Novant Health, supports organizations in the Huntersville area, including the Huntersville Family Fitness Aquatic Center. In October 2017, Novant Health announced a $50 million expansion of the Huntersville-based hospital, to be complete in 2019. The hospital is in the midst of transferring 48 acute beds and an operating room from Presbyterian Medical Center to Huntersville, which will eventually bring the program’s bed count to 139.
Ochsner Medical Center-Baton Rouge (La.). The 150-bed Ochsner Medical Center-Baton Rouge includes 200-plus providers and features private rooms, 24-hour emergency care and a new Family Birthing Center. The hospital was also the first in the area to offer women minimally invasive robotic gynecological surgeries as well as the first in the state to earn the Baby-Friendly designation, an international recognition. In 2018, IBM Watson Health named Ochsner Medical Center-Baton Rouge to its list of 100 Top Hospitals.
OhioHealth Dublin (Ohio) Methodist Hospital. OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital opened in 2008 and features a patient-focused green design, with multistory waterfalls, natural lighting and 13 gardens. It also includes eight operating rooms and 80 medical-surgical beds. OhioHealth is affiliated with the MD Anderson Cancer Network and is one of seven hospitals where physicians can consult with MD Anderson’s cancer experts for complex clinical cases.
Olympic Medical Center (Port Angeles, Wash.). Olympic Medical Center offers numerous services via its 67-bed acute care hospital, which includes a Level 3 trauma center and a birth center, as well as walk-in clinics and outpatient services. The rural safety-net medical center includes 1,043 employees, of which 340 are physicians. The hospital is on iVantage’s 2018 Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals list.
Overlook Medical Center (Summit, N.J.). Part of Morristown, N.J.-based Atlantic Health System, the 504-bed Overlook Medical Center includes 3,501-plus employees and 1,560 physicians. The hospital is actively involved in population health initiatives, and it operates the Healthy Avenues Van, a mobile medical unit serving 21 towns. Its community health department educated 8,280 people and performed 1,609 screenings in 2017. The Leapfrog Group gave Overlook an “A” grade safety score in spring 2018, and Practice Greenhealth named it a Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award recipient.
Parkview Huntington (Ind.) Hospital. Parkview Huntington Hospital includes 306 providers, of which 236 are physicians and 70 are advanced practice providers. The facility offers 24-hour emergency care, an on-campus family YMCA and an eICU program, which allows nurses and critical care specialists to monitor intensive care unit patients remotely. In 2017, the hospital broke ground on a 20,271-square-foot expansion for a wound care clinic and began upgrading and expanding its rehab and wellness center. The hospital also uses 10 percent of its net income to fund community health initiatives, such as supporting the Huntington County Free Clinic and health fairs.
Penn Highlands DuBois (Pa.). Penn Highlands DuBois includes an east and a west campus, both located in DuBois. The hospital has been serving its surrounding communities since 1898 and now offers numerous specialty services, including a heart center, a rehabilitation center and a joint replacement center. Additionally, the Hahne Regional Cancer Center is attached to PH DuBois West, offering comprehensive cancer care including stereotactic body radiation therapy and 3D conformal radiation therapy.
Peterson Regional Medical Center (Kerrville, Texas). The nonprofit Peterson Regional Medical Center includes 900 full-time employees and 250-plus healthcare professionals. The 124-bed hospital includes a 52,000-square-foot ambulatory care center as well as an emergency department that sees close to 35,000 patients annually. The hospital was named to the Chartis Center for Rural Health and iVantage Health Analytics’ 2018 Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals list.
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System (Watertown, S.D.). Prairie Lakes Healthcare System operates an 81-bed hospital as well as the Prairie Lakes Cancer Center, and it continues to expand. The organization is opening a new 65,000-square-foot, two-story specialty services building this fall. The specialty services offered will include orthopedics, cardiology, urology and many more. The organization has also won numerous accolades. The Chartis Center for Rural Health and iVantage Health Analytics named the organization to their 2018 Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals list.
ProMedica Flower Hospital (Sylvania, Ohio). The 315-bed ProMedica Flower Hospital includes 647 physicians dedicated to patient care. Using the Baldrige Health Care Criteria for Performance Excellence, the hospital is participating in a “Journey of Excellence” through which it is improving care quality and aligning plans and processes. The hospital also receives support from the community, with donations to advance cancer and behavioral health services totaling $1 million-plus in the past decade. In 2012, the hospital received the Governor’s Award, Platinum Level, from the Partnership of Excellence in Ohio.
Riverside Medical Center (Kankakee, Ill.). The 312-bed, 500,000-square-foot Riverside Medical Center includes 200-plus physicians. The hospital is a 2018 IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospital and a 2017 Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital. In 2017, the hospital opened a new 33,000-square-foot floor with 42 private rooms in its east tower.
Roper Hospital (Charleston, S.C.). The 368-bed Roper Hospital can trace its roots back to 1829, when it was founded as the first community hospital in the Carolinas. In December 2017, the Roper St. Francis Foundation received a $2 million donation from the Loy Stewart Foundation for ALS Research to create a Lou Gehrig’s disease research center in Charleston. CMS issued the hospital five stars in its most recent overall quality ratings, which are a composite score generated from multiple measures including mortality and readmission rates.
Russell Medical (Alexander City, Ala.). Russell Medical is an associate of the UAB Health System Community Network, but retains management and governance control of the organization. It is the second-largest employer in Tallapoosa County. Russell Medical got its start as a 55-bed community hospital in 1923 and has since blossomed into an 81-bed facility regularly recognized for excellence. For 2018, iVantage named Russell Medical to its list of 100 Top Community & Rural Hospitals.
Salem (Ore.) Hospital. Salem Hospital is licensed for 454 beds and is home to Oregon’s busiest emergency department. In 2016, emergency providers at Salem Hospital saw more than 111,000 ED visits. The hospital is also Salem’s largest private employer, with a staff of about 4,600, including 700 healthcare practitioners. For 2018, Healthgrades recognized the hospital with its America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award and its Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence.
Sentara Williamsburg (Va.) Regional Medical Center. The 145-bed Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center is a Joint Commission-certified primary stroke center equipped with advanced imaging and “smart” operating rooms. The hospital is regularly recognized for quality patient care. The hospital earned a spot on the IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals list for 2018 among medium community hospitals. Additionally, for the last three consecutive years, Sentara Williamsburg has earned Healthgrades’ Patient Safety Excellence and Outstanding Patient Experience awards.
Sheridan (Wyo.) Memorial Hospital. For more than a century, Sheridan Memorial Hospital has delivered care to communities situated on the eastern slope of the Bighorn Mountains in Wyoming. The hospital is licensed for 88 beds and employs 600 people, including 45 physicians. For 2018, iVantage named Sheridan Memorial to its list of 100 Top Community & Rural Hospitals. In February 2018, the Sheridan Memorial Hospital Foundation received $400,000 from the Griffith Foundation to support the construction of the hospital’s new MRI suite.
Spectrum Health Zeeland (Mich.) Community Hospital. The 57-bed Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital has provided medical services to its Michigan community for more than 90 years. In 2018, the hospital earned multiple distinctions for care quality: iVantage named Spectrum Health Zeeland to its list of Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals, and for three consecutive years Healthgrades has honored the hospital with the Outstanding Patient Experience Award. Additionally, Zeeland earned designation from CMS as a five-star overall hospital for its performance on multiple clinical quality measures.
St. Clair Hospital (Pittsburgh). Since launching more than 60 years ago, St. Clair Hospital has grown into a 329-bed acute care facility and the largest employer in Pittsburgh’s South Hills. The hospital is home to a staff of 2,500, as well as 600 physicians. St. Clair Hospital has earned 12 consecutive “A” grades for hospital safety from Leapfrog, with its most recent distinction coming in 2018. From 2016-18, the hospital received consecutive annual awards from Healthgrades for outstanding patient experience and excellence in patient safety. St. Clair Hospital is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network.
St. Cloud (Minn.) Hospital. The 489-bed St. Cloud Hospital earned five stars for overall quality from CMS in the agency’s most recent ratings released in December 2017. The hospital is the largest employer in the St. Cloud area with 6,470 employees, including 555 physicians. From July 2016 through June 2017, the hospital saw more than 27,600 inpatient admissions. In 2018, Healthgrades recognized the hospital with its America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award.
St. David’s Medical Center (Austin, Texas). St. David’s Medical Center has served residents of central Texas since it opened its doors in 1924. The hospital is equipped with a comprehensive stroke center and a comprehensive breast center, as well as the largest Level 4 neonatal intensive care unit in the central Texas region. The hospital earned five stars for overall quality from CMS in the agency’s most recent ratings released in December 2017. For 2018, Healthgrades named St. David’s one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals.
St. Luke’s Hospital-Quakertown (Pa.) Campus. The 62-bed St. Luke’s Hospital-Quakertown is staffed by 523 physicians and is home to a Level 4 trauma center as well as a Joint Commission-certified primary stroke center. The hospital is regularly recognized for excellence in patient safety, earning an “A” rating from Leapfrog in 2017 and Healthgrades’ 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Award. The hospital recorded zero catheter-associated urinary tract infections and zero central line-associated bloodstream infections in 2017.
St. Peter’s Hospital (Helena, Mont.). St. Peter’s is a 99-bed acute care hospital with a 24-bed behavioral health unit. It was named a Top 20 U.S. Rural & Community Hospital by the Chartis Center for Rural Health and iVantage Health Analytics in 2017 and 2018. As of 2017, the hospital had 5,585 inpatient admissions and 26,864 emergency room visits per year.
Sycamore Medical Center (Miamisburg, Ohio). Part of the Kettering Health Network, 142-bed Sycamore Medical Center was named a 100 Top Hospital by IBM Watson Health in 2018 and has been recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for its exceptional care for stroke patients. The hospital recently undertook a 27,000-square-foot expansion that includes 32 private rooms to accommodate increased demand for surgical patients. Sycamore’s Wound and Hyperbaric Center is home to a 12-patient hyperbaric oxygen chamber, the largest diameter chamber in Ohio.
Timpanogos Regional Hospital (Orem, Utah). Timpanogos Regional Hospital has 122 beds, staffs over 200 physicians and is part of Cottonwood Heights, Utah-based MountainStar Healthcare, a division of Hospital Corporation of America. The hospital has over 28,000 annual outpatient visits and more than 4,500 annual inpatient admissions. It is home to a 24-bed Level 3 neonatal intensive care unit and has received The Joint Commission’s primary stroke designation.
University Hospitals Samaritan Medical Center (Ashland, Ohio). The 55-bed acute care hospital was a gift to the city of Ashland, Ohio, in 1912 from local philanthropists who wanted to found a facility where no patient would be turned away. University Hospitals Samaritan Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval. In a 2017 survey evaluating overall inpatient experience, 96 percent of inpatient respondents rated their experience as “good” or “very good,” while 99 percent of respondents in the outpatient surgery category called their experience “good” or “very good.”
Valley View Hospital (Glenwood Springs, Colo.). The 49-bed Valley View Hospital reported 2,807 admissions in 2016, and physicians performed 952 inpatient surgeries that year. IBM Watson Health named Valley View Hospital among the 100 Top Hospitals in the nation in 2014. The hospital is also a Planetree-Designated Patient-Centered Hospital, and Healthgrades honored Valley View with the 2016 Coronary Intervention Excellence Award.
War Memorial Hospital (Sault Sainte Marie, Mich.). The 82-bed War Memorial Hospital has served the community of Sault Sainte Marie for over 100 years. The hospital operates a 51-bed long-term care unit and several satellite clinics across Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula. In 2016, Healthgrades honored the hospital with the Outstanding Patient Experience Award, and in 2018 the National Rural Health Association named it among the Top 20 Rural Community Hospitals.
Waynesboro (Pa.) Hospital. The 56-bed Waynesboro Hospital was founded in 1922 by a group of local volunteers in response to the Spanish influenza epidemic. It now has nearly 175 physicians on staff, and in 2015 opened a new medical office building for several of its physician practices. The hospital received an “A” safety grade from Leapfrog in spring 2017 and was named among the 100 Top Hospitals in the nation by IBM Watson Health.
West Florida Hospital (Pensacola). The 515-bed West Florida Hospital is an HCA affiliate, home to a reported 467 total physicians as of 2016. The hospital’s campus includes all private rooms and a mental health facility. West Florida Hospital was named one of the Top 100 Hospitals in 2017 and is a Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care atrial fibrillation-certified hospital.
WellStar West Georgia Medical Center (LaGrange). WellStar West Georgia Medical Center, a 276-bed hospital, provides care for residents of west Georgia and east Alabama. The hospital’s 33,000-square-foot emergency care unit sees nearly 60,000 patients annually. In addition to the hospital, the health system operates skilled nursing facilities and specialty clinics across the region. IBM Watson Health named WellStar West Georgia Medical Center among its 100 Top Hospitals in 2017; a year earlier, Hospitals & Health Networks named WellStar West Georgia among the nation’s Most Wired.
West Valley Medical Center (Caldwell, Idaho). Serving the greater Treasure Valley region, the 150-bed West Valley Medical Center is home to 800 employees and volunteers, as well as 200 physicians. IBM Watson Health recognized West Valley Medical Center among its 100 Top Hospital in 2018 for the fifth year in a row. Surgeons at the hospital perform over 3,600 procedures annually, and the emergency room sees over 35,000 visits per year. The hospital is home to a 19-bed behavioral health inpatient unit.