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GCMC Named Top 100 Critical Access Hospital for 2020


The Chartis Center for Rural Health named GCMC as a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital in the United States.

This annual award honoring rural hospital performance is determined by the results of iVantage Health Analytics' Hospital Strength INDEX, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2020.

Based entirely on publicly available data, the INDEX is the industry's most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. Utilizing 50 independent indicators, the INDEX assesses performance across eight pillars of performance that span market-, value- and finance-based categories. Hospitals recognized as a Top 100 facility had one of the 100 highest overall scores among all Critical Access Hospitals nationally.

"The Top 100 Critical Access Hospital award program reminds us that rural providers haven't lost touch with their mission and are committed to delivering better quality, better outcomes and better patient satisfaction. It's a pleasure to be able to not only recognize this year's recipients, but our larger group of top 100 alumni as we celebrate 10 years of The Hospital Strength INDEX," said Michael Topchik, National Leader, The Chartis Center for Rural Health. Topchik went on to say, "Two of the most significant barriers impacting a rural hospital's ability to identify gaps in performance and create improvement are, limited visibility into peer performance and limited access to timely and accurate benchmarks," said Michael Topchik, National Leader, The Chartis Center for Rural Health. "By constructing the INDEX using rural-relevant metrics, we're providing hospital leaders with the foundation necessary to break down these barriers and work collaboratively to improve hospital quality, patient safety, operations and finance."

Since its inception in 2011, the Top 100 Critical Access Hospital award has recognized more than 350 hospitals across the United States. Among the Critical Access Hospitals receiving Top 100 status this year are 19 first-time recipients as well as seven hospitals earning this recognition for the ninth time. First introduced in 2016, the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals award has recognized more than 200 hospitals. This year, the list contains 18 first-time award winners along with 25 hospitals who have been honored in each of the award's five years.

"At a time when much of the national conversation surrounding rural healthcare focuses on instability, the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals and Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals remind us that rural providers haven't lost touch with their mission and are committed to delivering better quality, better outcomes and better patient satisfaction. It's a pleasure to be able to not only recognize this year's recipients, but our larger group of top 100 alumni as we celebrate 10 years of the Hospital Strength INDEX," said Topchik.

The last time GCMC was recognized was in 2018. GCMC CEO David Caudill said he very proud of the efforts from all of GCMC's employees to earn this recognition.