NRHA Announces Top Rural and Community Hospitals

The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) announced the 20 highest-ranked prospective payment system (PPS) hospitals in the country based on an evaluation by the Chartis Center for Rural Health. The hospitals are identified using the Chartis Rural Hospital Performance INDEX, the most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural PPS hospital performance. These hospitals will be recognized May 12 during NRHA’s Rural Hospital Innovation Summit in Albuquerque, NM.

The determining factors for the top 20 rural and community hospitals are based on eight indices: inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspective, cost, charge, and financial efficiency. “NRHA is committed to ensuring our members have the best information to manage their hospitals,” says Brock Slabach, NRHA membership services senior vice president. “We’re pleased to recognize the accomplishments of these rural and community hospitals.”

The top 20 rural and community hospitals are:

  • Aurora Medical Center Manitowoc County,  Two Rivers, WI
  • Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton, SD
  • Brookings Health System, Brookings, SD
  • Castleview Hospital, Price, UT
  • Cedar City Hospital, Cedar City, UT
  • Garrett Regional Medical Center, Oakland, MD
  • Hays Medical Center, Hays, KS
  • Jefferson Hospital, Louisville, GA
  • Lakes Regional Healthcare, Spirit Lake, IA
  • Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center, Jasper, IN
  • Mercy Health–Tiffin Hospital, Tiffin, OH
  • Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital, Cadillac, MI
  • MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena, Alpena, MI
  • Prairie Lakes Healthcare System, Watertown, SD
  • Punxsutawney Area Hospital, Punxsutawney, PA
  • Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital, Onancock, VA
  • Schneck Medical Center, Seymour, IN
  • Seymour Hospital, Seymour, TX
  • Spencer Hospital, Spencer, IA
  • UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center, Steamboat Springs, CO

About NRHA

NRHA is a nonprofit organization working to improve the health and well-being of rural Americans and provide leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communications, education, and research. NRHA’s membership is made up of diverse individuals and organizations from across the country, all of whom share the common bond of an interest in rural health.

About the Chartis Group

The Chartis Group® (Chartis) provides comprehensive advisory services and analytics to the health care industry. It brings critical thinking and deep industry experience paired with cutting-edge data, analytics, and technology to deliver #NextIntelligence. With an unparalleled depth of expertise in strategic planning, performance excellence, health analytics, informatics and technology, digital and emerging technologies, clinical quality and operations, and strategic communications, Chartis helps leading academic medical centers, integrated delivery networks, children’s hospitals, and health care service organizations achieve transformative results and build a healthier world. Chartis has offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, New York, Minneapolis, and San Francisco. For more information, visit