100 Great Community Hospitals — 2014

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Becker's Hospital Review has named its 2014 edition of "100 Great Community Hospitals," a list based on community hospitals' accolades, quality and service to their communities.

The hospitals listed here have fewer than 550 beds and minimal teaching programs. Some are located in suburban areas, but many are found in rural areas and serve as the only hospitals in their communities. Whether independent or part of a larger health system, the following hospitals have continually worked to provide the quality of care and the experience patients deserve and expect.

The Becker's Hospital Review editorial team selected community hospitals based on rankings and awards from iVantage Health Analytics, Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters), CareChex,and the American Hospital Association. iVantage awards considered include Healthstrong Hospitals — which are hospitals in the top tier of iVantage's Hospital Strength Index rankings — and the Top 100 Critical Access Hospital list, which indicates the hospital performs as well or better at the median overall than the full census of all U.S. general acute-care hospitals in clinical and operational performance and financial and qualitative outcomes. Inclusion on Truven Health Analytics' 100 Top Hospitals list also factored in.

Note: This list is not an endorsement of included hospitals or associated healthcare providers, and organizations cannot pay for inclusion on this list. Hospitals are presented in alphabetical order.
 
Adirondack Medical Center (Saranac Lake, N.Y.). In 1991, Adirondack Medical Center was formed from the consolidation of General Hospital of Saranac Lake and Placid Memorial Hospital in Lake Placid. Adirondack Medical Center has 97 beds at two locations. The hospital includes 60 physicians who represent 19 medical specialties. In addition to the two hospital sites, AMC offers three rehabilitation clinics and four primary health clinics.

Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital (Dowers Grove, Ill.). The 333-bed Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital opened in one of Chicago's southwest suburbs in 1976. Today, it has ties to more than 950 physicians and includes the only Level I trauma center in DuPage County. Truven Health Analytics named Advocate Good Samaritan one of its 100 Top Hospitals in 2014.

Alegent Creighton Health Community Memorial Hospital (Missouri Valley, Iowa). Situated about 30 miles north of Omaha, Neb., Alegent Creighton Health Community Memorial Hospital is a 25-bed critical access hospital that has served residents of Harrison County for more than 50 years. The hospital has twice been named to iVantage Health Analytics' list of Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals, most recently in 2014.

Allen Memorial Hospital (Waterloo, Iowa). This 204-bed hospital opened in February 1925 as a dedication to Henry Allen's wife, Mary. The Allens were settlers who came to Iowa in 1862. Today, the hospital is affiliated with a number of other hospitals and healthcare organizations, including Allen College, a multipurpose college for nursing and other health professions. Allen Memorial Hospital was named one of the 100 Top Hospitals in 2013 by Truven Health Analytics, and it received a 2013 Everest Award from Truven to recognize its highest current performance and fastest long-term improvement over five years.

Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center (Medford, Ore.). Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center is a 378-bed regional referral and trauma center with the only hospital-based sleep center in southern Oregon. In 2014, Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center was named a Top 100 Hospital by Truven Health Analytics. In 2013, the hospital's coronary care unit received the Gold Beacon Award from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. U.S. News & World Report's 2013-2014 Best Hospitals rankings named Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center as one of the top five hospitals in southwestern Oregon for performance in five specialties.

Aspirus Medford Hospital & Clinics (Medford, Wis.). Formerly Memorial Health Center, Aspirus Medford is a 25-bed critical access hospital. In 2013, the hospital earned several excellence awards from Professional Research Consultants, including the 5-Star Excellence Award for its inpatient services. Also in 2013, Aspirus Medford made iVantage Health Analytics' Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals list.

Augusta Health (Fishersville, Va.). Augusta Health cares for more than 12,000 admitted patients every year. The hospital has 255 beds, 224 active full-time physicians and more than 875 volunteers. Healthgrades named Augusta Health to its 100 Best Hospitals list in 2013 and 2014. In 2014, iVantage Health Analytics named it as a Healthstrong Hospital.

Aurora Sheboygan (Wis.) Memorial Medical Center. Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center is a 134-bed, nonprofit hospital about 60 miles north of Milwaukee. The hospital offers services in more than 25 specialties and has ties to more than 150 physicians. It is also the birthplace to more than 1,000 babies each year. Truven Health Analytics named Aurora Sheboygan one of its 100 Top Hospitals in 2014.

Avera Holy Family Hospital (Estherville, Iowa). The 22-bed Avera Holy Family Hospital dates back to 1944. It was the first hospital in the state to offer Avera eICU CARE, which connects rural hospitals to a critical care team of Avera intensivists. The hospital has twice been named to iVantage Health Analytics' list of Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals, most recently in 2014.

Banner Boswell Medical Center (Sun City, Ariz.). About 25 miles northwest of Phoenix is Banner Boswell Medical Center, a 501-bed hospital that opened in 1970. More than 700 physicians provide a range of services at the hospital, including deep brain stimulation, orthopedic care and total joint replacements. The hospital has been recognized by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program. Truven Health Analytics named Banner Boswell one of its 100 Top Hospitals in 2014.

Baptist Saint Anthony's Hospital (Amarillo, Texas). In early 1901, four women from the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word began developing a healthcare facility to serve the Texas Panhandle, St. Anthony's Hospital. Approximately 115 years later, and after a 1996 merger with High Plains Baptist Hospital in Amarillo, BSA Hospital is now a 448-bed facility and the fourth largest employer in Amarillo. Truven Health Analytics named one of its 100 Top Hospitals in 2013.

Black River Memorial Hospital (Black River Falls, Wis.). The 25-bed Black River Memorial Hospital has more than 300 employees, including contracted workers in anesthesia, pathology and nutrition. The hospital was named a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital in 2014 by iVantage Health Analytics and a Top Performer in Wisconsin in Pneumonia and Surgical Care Performance Measures in 2013 by The Joint Commission. It also received a 2013 Studer Group Excellence in Patient Care Award, among other accolades.

Bozeman (Mont.) Deaconess Hospital. Bozeman Deaconess Hospital is an 86-bed, Level III trauma center in the heart of the Rocky Mountains in southwest Montana. The hospital was recognized by Truven Health Analytics as a 100 Top Hospital in 2014, and it was also named a Healthstrong Top Hospital by iVantage Health Analytics this year. Additionally, Healthgrades honored Bozeman Deaconess Hospital with its Pulmonary Care Excellence Award for 2014.

Brodstone Memorial Hospital (Superior, Neb.). Brodstone Memorial Hospital is a 25-bed facility. The hospital has undergone a number of renovations and improvements in the past 10 years, including an $8.2 million project that added a new clinic and MRI/CAT scan suite in 2010. Additionally, the hospital is the first in Kansas and Nebraska to offer 3-D digital mammography. It was named one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the nation by iVantage Health Analytics in 2014.

Calumet Medical Center (Chilton, Wis.). Calumet Medical Center is part of Menasha, Wis.-based Affinity Health. It is the only hospital in Calumet County and serves the surrounding areas, including Fond du Lac, Manitowoc and Sheboygan counties. The 25-bed hospital was named to iVantage Health Analytics' list of Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in 2014.

Cape Cod Hospital (Hyannis, Mass.). Cape Cod Hospital has one of the busiest emergency centers in Massachusetts. The 259-bed hospital sits on a 38-acre waterfront campus, which includes the Cape Psych Center, a breast care center and a community health center. The hospital was named a Healthstrong Top 100 Hospital by iVantage Health Analytics this year, and Cape Cod Healthcare, the hospital's parent company, was named among the 15 Top Health Systems in 2013 by Truven Health Analytics.

Carolinas Medical Center–Northeast (Concord, N.C.). Carolinas Medical Center–Northeast is a 457-bed, nonprofit medical center that dates back to the mid-1930s. Today the hospital includes more than 4,200 employees and a range of services, including those at its Batte Cancer Center and 24-hour chest pain center. This year, Carolinas Medical Center–Northeast was named a Healthstrong Hospital by iVantage Health Analytics.

CaroMont Regional Medical Center (Gastonia, N.C.). CaroMont Regional Medical Center, formerly Gaston Memorial Hospital, was established in 1946. It is the flagship facility of Gastonia-based CaroMont Health. The 435-bed medical center specifically was named a Top 20 Most Beautiful Hospital in the U.S. in 2013 by Soliant Health. CareChex ranked the hospital in the top 25 in the nation for medical care this year.

Central DuPage Hospital (Winfield, Ill.). Central DuPage Hospital opened in 1964 with 113 beds and 666 physicians. Today, the organization has grown as a 313-bed full-service hospital with more than 900 physicians. It has been named a 100 Top Hospital by Truven Health Analytics in the past seven out of eight years. In 2013, the hospital ranked 22nd in the nation for orthopedic care and was recognized for 11 high-performing specialties by U.S. News & World Report.

Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth Hitchcock Keene (N.H.). This facility is home to a joint partnership between a community medical center and a multispecialty physician practice associated with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Lebanon, N.H. The 169-bed medical center offers primary and specialty care physician services, state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and programs to improve the overall health of the community. CMC/DHK initiated Health Monadnock 2020, a community-wide initiative to actively engage the citizens of Cheshire County to become the healthiest community in the country by 2020.

Cheyenne (Wyo.) Regional Medical Center. Cheyenne Regional Medical Center dates back to 1867, when it was established as a tent hospital constructed by the Union Pacific Railroad to treat workers injured while building the transcontinental railroad. Today, the 222-bed hospital includes a medical staff of more than 170 clinicians and upwards of 2,000 employees. The hospital is home to the state's first Level II trauma center and comprehensive weight loss surgery program.

Columbus (Ind.) Regional Hospital. The 225-bed hospital is the flagship facility of Columbus Regional Health, a health system serving 10 counties in southeast Indiana. Columbus Regional Hospital physicians represent more than 45 specialties. U.S. News & World Report ranked the hospital No. 7 in Indiana for 2013-2014, and iVantage Health Analytics named it a Healthstrong Hospital this year.

Cookeville (Tenn.) Regional Medical Center. Cookeville Regional Medical Center opened its doors as a 15-bed private clinic in 1921 and was bought by the city in 1927. Now, the 247-bed hospital employs more than 2,000 and includes 150 providers on its medical staff. A 2014 iVantage Health Analytics Healthstrong Hospital, CRMC received Healthgrades awards for excellence in several specialties this year, including orthopedic surgery, pulmonary care, spine surgery and cardiac care.

Down East Community Hospital (Machias, Maine). Though it only has 25 beds, Down East Community Hospital offers a variety of specialty services, including otolaryngology, urology, a sleep lab, laser kidney stone removal and minimally invasive laparoscopic surgical procedures. The hospital was one of the first in Maine to obtain a digital mammography unit. In 2013, The Leapfrog Group recognized Down East Community Hospital as one of its 2013 Top Hospitals for quality of care.

Dublin (Ohio) Methodist Hospital. Dublin Methodist Hospital only opened its doors in 2008, but it has demonstrated continual growth since. The hospital offers 59 specialties and subspecialties, and it has started construction on seven post-partum rooms and an expansion of its Level II special care nursery. Dublin Methodist was one of four Columbus-based OhioHealth hospitals to have been named among the 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics in 2014.

East Alabama Medical Center (Opelika, Ala.). East Alabama Medical Center grew from an 81-bed hospital in 1950 to today's 334-bed hospital. It was named a Healthstrong Top Hospital in 2014 by iVantage Health Analytics as well as a Top Performer in Premier healthcare alliance's QUEST: High Performing Hospitals collaborative for the second year in a row. In fiscal year 2013, EAMC had 294 volunteers, 2,700 employees and saw 13,595 inpatient visits.

Elmhurst (Ill.) Memorial Healthcare. Founded in 1926, Elmhurst Memorial opened a new state-of-the-art acute care hospital in 2011, featuring 259 private patient rooms, a modern emergency department and technologically advanced surgical suites. Elmhurst Memorial is one of 20 hospitals worldwide designated as a Planetree patient-centered healthcare organization. The hospital, based about 20 miles west of Chicago, merged with Naperville, Ill.-based Edward Hospital & Health Services in 2013. Elmhurst Memorial was graded as an "A" hospital for patient safety by The Leapfrog Group in 2014, and has also been named a Most Wired hospital by the American Hospital Association.

Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center (Danville, Ky.). With 222 beds, the hospital offers a range of services, such as behavioral health, pediatric therapy, orthopedics, cancer care and a wound healing center. The Joint Commission named Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center one of the nation's Top Performers on Key Quality Measures in 2013 for the second year in a row. In 2014, the hospital's emergency department was recognized as one of the Best Hospitals for Patient Experience in Emergency Care by Women's Choice Award.

Eau Claire (Wis.) Hospital. Part of the Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic Health System, Eau Claire Hospital has 304 beds with more than 200 physicians representing almost every specialty, making it one of the largest multispecialty groups in Wisconsin. The hospital is nationally ranked for urology and was ranked the No. 4 in Wisconsin in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings.

Fairfield (Ohio) Hospital. Part of Cincinnati-based Mercy Health, Fairfield Hospital has served patients in Butler County for more than 30 years. The 192-bed hospital has received Magnet designation for nursing excellence and designation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program. Truven Health Analytics named Fairfield Hospital as one of its 100 Top Hospitals and as one of the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in 2014.  

Fairview Hospital (Great Barrington, Mass.). Twenty-five-bed Fairview Hospital is part of Pittsfield, Mass.-based Berkshire Health System. The hospital has received a number of accolades, including a 100 Top Hospitals ranking from Truven Health Analytics in 2014, Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence from Healthgrades in 2014 and Get With the Guidelines Resuscitation Silver Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association in 2014 for implementing certain quality improvement measures for cardiac arrest patients in the hospital. CareChex also recognized the hospital as one of the top 100 in the nation for overall hospital care in 2014.

Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services (Gibson City, Ill.). Gibson Area Hospital has the distinction of being the only critical access hospital in the country where 100 percent of the emergency room nurses are certified in emergency medicine. The hospital received recognition as one of the 2013 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience in Obstetrics by WomenCertified, the 2013 Rural Health Quality Award from by the National Rural Health Association and received a 2014 Outstanding Patient Experience Award from Healthgrades.

Good Samaritan Hospital (Vincennes, Ind.). Founded in 1908, Good Samaritan Hospital was the first county hospital in Indiana. The hospital now has 232 beds and is currently building a new hospital wing with plans to add 120 more beds. Good Samaritan Hospital boasts a 63-minute average door-to-balloon time, compared to the recommended time of 90 minutes. Additionally, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association named Good Samaritan Hospital a Blue Distinction Center for knee and hip replacements in 2014.

Grant Regional Health Center (Lancaster, Wis.). When first built in 1953, Grant Regional Health Center had 36 beds. Over the years, the hospital added beds, reaching a maximum of 56 before cutting capacity back down to 35 beds to accommodate additional hospital services, such as physical therapy and social services. The hospital was recently certified as a critical access hospital, and iVantage Health Analytics named Grant Regional Health Center a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital in 2014.

Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center (Panama City, Fla.). Approximately 250 physicians representing more than 30 specialties and subspecialties serve Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center. The 218-bed hospital also is an affiliate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Cancer Care Network. Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center was named one of the 100 Top Hospitals in 2014 by Truven Health Analytics.

Hammond Henry Hospital (Geneseo, Ill.). Established in 1901, Hammond Henry Hospital is a 25-bed acute-care facility. This year, it was named to iVantage Health Analytics' list of Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the nation. In 2013, Hammond Henry Hospital received Press Ganey's Guardian of Excellence Award for patient satisfaction.

Hegg Memorial Health Center (Rock Valley, Iowa). Hegg Memorial Health Center is a 25-bed critical access hospital. The hospital is a 2010 Press Ganey Summit Award Winner, and it has been named one of the top 20 critical access hospitals in the country by the National Rural Health Association and iVantage Health Analytics for the past three years.

Hill Country Memorial Hospital (Fredericksburg, Texas). Established in 1971, Hill Country Memorial Hospital is a 76-bed facility located in the San Antonio area. In 2013, the hospital was recognized by Truven Health Analytics as one of the 100 Top Hospitals in the nation.

Holland (Mich.) Hospital. Holland Hospital has 189-beds and many offsite campuses. For the past two years, Healthgrades has selected Holland Hospital as one of America's 100 Best Hospitals, after evaluating the clinical performances of nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide. For the past nine years, Truven Health Analytics has chosen Holland Hospital as the only hospital in west Michigan, and one of only three in the state, as one of its 100 Top Hospitals.

Howard Memorial Hospital (Nashville, Ark.). Howard Memorial Hospital is a 20-bed critical access hospital located outside of Little Rock, Ark. In 2013, Howard Memorial hospital was named one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the country by iVantage Health Analytics.

Hudson (Wis.) Hospital. Hudson Hospital is a 25-bed critical access hospital that hosts approximately 1,500 annual inpatient admissions. Hudson Hospital is western Wisconsin's only hospital with 24/7 emergency medicine physicians. The hospital is also a regional partner of The Cancer Center of Western Wisconsin. In 2012, Hudson Hospital received two environmental awards from Practice Greenhealth, the national membership organization for healthcare facilities committed to environmentally responsible operations. This year, iVantage Health Analytics named it to its list of Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals.

Huntersville (N.C.) Medical Center. Huntersville Medical Center is a 75-bed hospital that is part of Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Novant Health. The hospital opened with 50 beds in 2004 and expanded in 2012 to meet the needs of the community. Huntersville Medical Center offers a full range of services, including cancer, heart and vascular, and orthopedic care. It also pairs patients with the services of a financial navigator, who can help estimate out-of-pocket expenses. It was named a Healthstrong Hospital by iVantage Health Analytics this year.

Inova Fair Oaks Hospital (Fairfax, Va.). The 182-bed Inova Fair Oaks Hospital includes a range of medical services, including those at its heart and spine institutes, the latter of which includes the highest number of back pain specialists in the region. Truven Health Analytics named Inova Fair Oaks as one of its 100 Top Hospitals in 2014. The hospital has also earned Magnet designation for nursing excellence.

Lakeland Regional Medical Center (St. Joseph, Mich.). Lakeland Regional Medical Center is a 272-bed facility. In 2013, Truven Health Analytics ranked Lakeland Regional Medical Center as one of the 100 Top Hospitals in the country. In 2014, Lakeland Regional Medical Center received the Governor's Award of Excellence for Outstanding Inpatient Clinical Achievement in the Acute-Care Hospital Setting.

Lawrence (Kan.) Memorial Hospital. Established in 1921, Lawrence Memorial Hospital is a 173-bed facility. In 2013 and 2014, Truven Health Analytics named Lawrence Memorial Hospital as one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals, making it the only hospital in Kansas to receive the award both years. From 2011 to 2013, The Joint Commission named Lawrence Memorial Hospital as a national top performer in heart attack, pneumonia and surgical care, as well.  

Licking Memorial Hospital (Newark, Ohio). Licking Memorial Hospital is a 227-bed facility that was founded in 1898. In 2013, Licking Memorial Hospital was named one of the Most Wired Hospitals by the American Hospital Association. Also in 2013, Licking Memorial Hospital Home Care was ranked among the top 500 home care programs in the nation by research corporation HomeCare Elite. This year, iVantage Health Analytics named it a Healthstrong Hospital.

Logan (Utah) Regional Hospital. Logan Regional Hospital is a 135-bed facility. In 2013 and 2014, Logan Regional Hospital was recognized as one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics. In 2012 and 2013, Logan Regional Hospital received the Get With The Guidelines – Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association for achieving 85 percent or higher adherence to the guidelines of care recommended by the American Heart Association.

Magruder Hospital (Port Clinton, Ohio). Twenty-five bed Magruder Hospital was certified as a critical access hospital in December 2002. In 2014, iVantage Health Analytics named the hospital among its list of Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals. The hospital was also named a 2013 Guardian of Excellence Award winner by Press Ganey Associates for consistently performing in the 95th percentile for patient satisfaction.

Marcum & Wallace Memorial Hospital (Irvine, Ky.). Marcum & Wallace Hospital is a 25-bed critical access hospital. In 2013, hospital President and CEO Susan L. Starling received the American Hospital Association's Shirley Ann Monroe Leadership Award for improving healthcare delivery to the Irvine community. For instance, the hospital has connected uninsured and underinsured patients with preventive healthcare services through Project HOME, or Helpful Opportunities for Medical care Enhancement.

Margaret Mary Health (Batesville, Ind.). Margaret Mary Health is a 25-bed nonprofit critical access hospital that provides both inpatient and outpatient services. In 2014, the iVantage Health Analytics included the hospital on its list of Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the nation. Last year, Margaret Mary Health received the Outstanding Patient Experience Award from Healthgrades.  

Memorial Hospital (Chattanooga, Tenn.). Memorial Hospital is a 336-bed hospital that has provided healthcare services throughout southeast Tennessee and North Georgia since 1952. In 2014, Memorial Hospital received numerous CareChex awards, including the award for providing top overall hospital care in Tennessee and a ranking among the top 100 hospitals in the nation for medical care. The system also was named an iVantage Health Analytics' Healthstrong Hospital this year.

Memorial Hermann Sugar Land (Texas) Hospital. The 79-bed, acute-care Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital is about 20 miles outside of Houston. The hospital includes all-private patient rooms and several specialties, including heart and vascular car, orthopedics and sports medicine, neuroscience services and cancer care. Memorial Hermann Sugar Land was named one of Truven Health Analytics' 100 Top Hospitals in 2014.

Mercy Hospital (Coon Rapids, Minn.). Mercy Hospital, part of Minneapolis-based Allina Health, is a 271-bed nonprofit hospital that provides healthcare services to patients in northwestern Minneapolis. In 2013 and 2014, Mercy Hospital was named one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics. Many of Mercy Hospital's specialties have been nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report.  

Millinocket (Maine) Regional Hospital. Millinocket Regional Hospital is a 25-bed critical access hospital. In 2014, Millinocket Regional Hospital ranked No. 3 in Maine and No. 7 in New England for patient satisfaction based on the annual HCAHPS survey. The hospital is also one of the top 100 critical access hospitals in the nation, according to iVantage Health Analytics.

Ministry Saint Clare's Hospital (Weston, Wis.). The 86-bed Ministry Saint Clare's Hospital is located about 85 miles northwest of Green Bay, Wis. The hospital opened in 2005 and provides a range of general and specialty services, including neurology, heart care, orthopedics and cancer care. The hospital also serves as a surgical center for the Marshfield (Wis.) Clinic and Milwaukee-based Ministry Health Care's heart care team. Truven Health Analytics named Ministry Saint Clare's Hospital as one of its 100 Top Hospitals in 2014.

Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler (Texas). Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler is a 404-bed acute-care facility serving east Texas. The hospital offers a range of services, such as trauma care and surgical care. In 2014, Mother Frances Hospital was ranked as a 100 Top Hospital and a 50 Top Cardiovascular Community Hospital by Truven Health Analytics. In 2013 and 2014, U.S. News & World Report ranked eight of Mother Frances Hospital's specialties as the best in northeast Texas.  

Mount Desert Island Hospital (Bar Island, Maine). Mount Desert Island Hospital is a 25-bed facility that, in 2013, was ranked as the top hospital in Maine for patient satisfaction based on the HCAHPS survey. Avatar International, a national hospital consulting firm, has also named Mount Desert Island Hospital as an overall best performer for the past 11 years.

Munson Medical Center (Traverse City, Mich.). Munson Medical Center is a 391-bed nonprofit hospital. Munson Medical Center is the only Level II trauma center north of Grand Rapids, Mich., and home to the only neonatal intensive care unit in northern Michigan. Munson Medical Center has also been designated as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission and has held Magnet Hospital designation since 2006. The hospital was named a Healthstrong Hospital by iVantage Health Analytics this year.

Ocala (Fla.) Regional Medical Center. Ocala Regional Medical Center is a 200-bed facility. In 2014, Ocala Regional Medical Center received Healthgrades awards for excellence in joint replacement, orthopedic surgery, spine surgery and vascular surgery. It was also named to Truven Health Analytics' 100 Top Hospitals list this year.

Owensboro (Ky.) Health Regional Hospital. Owensboro Health Regional Hospital is a 477-bed facility with more than 3,700 employees. Owensboro Health Regional Hospital admits more than 17,000 patients each year. This year, it was named a Healthstrong Top Hospital by iVantage Health Analytics. In 2013, Owensboro Health Regional Hospital received the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for the fifth consecutive year from Healthgrades.

Parkview Huntington (Ind.) Hospital. Located about 25 miles outside of Fort Wayne, Ind., is Parkview Huntington Hospital, a 36-bed nonprofit community hospital. The hospital includes an eICU program, a sleep clinic and outpatient medication infusion services. Parkview Huntington also sets aside 10 percent of its net income to fund community health initiatives. In 2014, Parkview Huntington Hospital was named a Top 100 Hospital by Truven Health Analytics.  

ProMedica Flower Hospital (Sylvania, Ohio). This 311-bed facility, home to the Hickman Cancer Center and an emergency trauma center, has served its community for more than 100 years. In 2013, it received a platinum-level award from The Partnership for Excellence for exceeding patient safety and quality standards established by the Malcolm Baldrige Criteria. This year, Flower Hospital received awards for pulmonary and stroke care excellence from Healthgrades.

Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center (Torrance, Calif.). Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center was founded in 1925. Today, the 327-bed hospital is home to a medical staff of nearly 350 clinicians and a range of services, including its Center for Optimal Aging and one of the area's first certified primary stroke centers. The hospital is also home to the county's first Level III neonatal intensive care unit. Truven Health Analytics named Little Company of Mary Medical Center as one of its 100 Top Hospitals in 2014.

Providence St. Patrick Hospital (Missoula, Mont.). Providence St. Patrick Hospital dates back to 1873, when Catholic nuns founded a hospital and a school with $500 they collected from "begging tours" around mining camps in Oregon, Idaho and Montana. Today, the 235-bed hospital serves a 17-county area. The hospital provides free health workshops for community members and its senior service program provides complimentary services to those 65 and older. Truven Health Analytics named St. Patrick Hospital as one of its 100 Top Hospitals and as one of the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in 2014.  

Redington-Fairview General Hospital (Skowhegan, Maine). Redington-Fairview General Hospital has treated patients as an independent community hospital since 1952. Today, clinicians and staff at the 25-bed critical access hospital provide care to more than 30,000 residents in Somerset County. The hospital was named to iVantage Health Analytics' list of Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in 2014.

River Falls (Wis.) Area Hospital. Founded in 1939, River Falls Area Hospital is a critical access hospital now affiliated with Minneapolis-based Allina Health. The 25-bed hospital has more than 155 physicians on staff who provide a range of inpatient and outpatient services. The hospital also includes cancer care, a birth center, robotic surgery and emergency care. The hospital was named to iVantage Health Analytics' list of Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in 2014 in recognition of its clinical and operational performance and financial and qualitative outcomes.

Riverside Medical Center (Kankakee, Ill.). The 325-bed Riverside Medical Center, about 60 miles southwest of Chicago, was established in 1964. The hospital includes a Level II trauma center, and its cancer and heart and vascular institutes use telemedicine to tap into resources and expertise at Chicago-based Rush University Medical Center. Riverside Medical Center is one of the few hospitals in its area to receive Magnet designation for nursing excellence, and it was named one of Truven Health Analytics' 100 Top Hospitals in 2014.

Sentara RMH Medical Center (Harrisonburg, Va.). This community hospital, formerly known as Rockingham Memorial Hospital, was founded in 1912 and affiliated with Sentara Healthcare in 2010. The 238-bed hospital serves a seven-county area, and its emergency department is one of the busiest in Virginia, treating upwards of 70,000 patients each year.

Roper Hospital (Charleston, S.C.). Roper Hospital dates back to the 19th century, when Colonel Thomas Roper left a $30,000 bequest with the Medical Society of South Carolina and directives to "treat all sick and injured people without regard to complexion, religion or nation." Today the hospital includes 368 beds and several centers of excellence, including a heart and vascular center that was established in 2006 and has since become the leading provider of adult cardiovascular care in Charleston. Roper Hospital was recently ranked as one of the top five hospitals in the country for patient engagement by Axial Exchange and Becker's Hospital Review.
 
Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast (Miramar Beach, Fla.). Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast is a younger institution, opened in 2003, but its role in the Florida Panhandle is sturdy. The hospital — part of Pensacola, Fla.-based Sacred Heart Health System, a subsidiary of St. Louis-based Ascension Health — includes a spine center, heart and vascular center, and family birth place. Truven Health Analytics named Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast as one of its 100 Top Hospitals in 2014.

Salem (Ore.) Hospital. Salem Hospital, licensed for 454 beds, is one of the largest acute-care hospitals Oregon. The hospital employs roughly 3,900 people and has 649 practitioners on its active medical staff. This year, iVantage Health Analytics named Salem Hospital as one of its Healthstrong Top Hospitals. In addition, Healthgrades gave Salem Hospital its Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence this year, meaning the hospital performed in the top 5 percent nationally for overall clinical excellence.

St. Cloud (Minn.) Hospital. St. Cloud Hospital was founded in 1886 by the Sisters of the Order of St. Benedict. Today the 489-bed hospital provides care for patients across a 12-county service area and offers a range of services, including neurosurgery, orthopedics, a pediatric intensive care unit and cancer care. St. Cloud Hospital has a medical staff of more than 400 physicians and it has received Magnet designation for nursing excellence. It was named a Healthstrong Top Hospital this year by iVantage Health Analytics.

St. Mary Medical Center (Langhorne, Pa.). The 374-bed St. Mary Medical Center was founded by the Sisters of St. Francis in 1973. The hospital includes a staff of more than 700 physicians who provide care at the hospital's cancer, heart and vascular, trauma and orthopedic centers, among other services and specialties. Truven Health Analytics named St. Mary Medical Center as one of its 100 Top Hospitals in 2014.

Scott & White Hospital – Round Rock (Texas). This 101-bed hospital, located about 20 miles north of Austin, Texas, is centered on a campus along with a primary care clinic and multispecialty clinics. It was named a Top 100 Hospital by Truven Health Analytics in 2014, and iVantage Health Analytics named it a Healthstrong Top Hospital this year.  

Scottsdale (Ariz.) Healthcare Shea Medical Center. Established in 1984, the 433-bed Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center was ranked as the No. 3 hospital in the state and as one of the top 50 in the country for gastroenterology and GI surgery by U.S. News & World Report. It is Magnet-recognized for nursing excellence, and earned an "A" grade from The Leapfrog Group for patient safety last year.

Sentara Williamsburg (Va.) Regional Medical Center. Williamsburg Regional Medical Center has 145 licensed beds. The hospital was named a Healthstrong Top Hospital in 2014 by iVantage Health Analytics, and CareChex ranked it highly for medical excellence this year as well.

Sky Lakes Medical Center (Klamath Falls, Ore.). This 176-bed community-owned hospital serves a population of 120,000 in southcentral Oregon and northeastern California. In fact, it is the only hospital in its 10,000-square-mile area. Sky Lakes Medical Center earned the Joint Replacement Excellence Award from Healthgrades in 2014 — it regularly reports zero infections for its 300-plus joint replacement cases each year.

Speare Memorial Hospital (Plymouth, N.H.). Speare Memorial Hospital has been serving patients in central New Hampshire since 1899 and underwent a $15 million renovation and expansion in 2005. The critical access hospital was ranked as a Healthstrong Hospital by iVantage Health Analytics this year. Additionally, iVantage named it among the top 20 critical access hospitals nationwide in 2014.

Spectrum Health Kelsey Hospital (Lakeview, Mich.). Kelsey Hospital is a critical access hospital with 16 acute-care beds and 31 skilled-nursing-facility beds. This year, iVantage Health Analytics named the hospital on its list of Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals, and CareChex ranks it highly for patient satisfaction. Last year, The Leapfrog Group placed Kelsey Hospital on its 2013 Top Hospitals list.

SSM St. Joseph Hospital West (Lake Saint Louis, Mo.). St. Joseph Hospital West, a 122-bed facility, is the only state-designated trauma center in its county. It was the first hospital in the St. Louis area to go live with an electronic health record system in March 2008. Truven Health Analytics placed the hospital, which has more than 800 employees, on its Top 100 Hospitals list in 2014.

St. Clair Hospital (Pittsburgh). The independent St. Clair Hospital is celebrating its 60th birthday this year, as it opened its doors in 1954. Today the hospital has ties to 550 physicians, and as a symbolic birthday present of sorts, 328-bed St. Clair made Truven Health Analytics' 100 Top Hospitals list for 2014. It also was recently named a Blue Distinction Center+ for cardiac care.

St. David's Austin (Texas) Medical Center. This 350-bed hospital has been open to patients since 1924. It is one of Truven Health Analytics' Top 100 Hospitals for 2014, and CareChex ranked it seventh in the nation for quality medical care, as well.

St. Francis Medical Center (Grand Island, Neb.). St. Francis Medical Center is a 160-bed hospital in central Nebraska. A Joint Commission-certified primary stroke center, the hospital also includes a 36-bed skilled nursing unit and a 23-bed alcohol and drug treatment center. St. Francis has received the Outstanding Patient Experience Award from Healthgrades every year since 2012.

St. Francis Memorial Hospital (West Point, Neb.). St. Francis Memorial Hospital opened its doors in 1923. Today the hospital's medical staff includes five family physicians, and one will join the staff in August. St. Francis Memorial has been named one of iVantage's Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals for three times in the last 10 years.

St. Francis Downtown (Greenville, S.C.). St. Francis Downtown is a 245-bed facility with all private rooms. The community hospital, part of Marriottsville, Md.-based Bon Secours Health System, offers a full range of services, including open-heart surgeries and bone marrow transplantation. CareChex ranked the hospital in the top 50 in the nation for overall medical care, and it is one of Truven Health Analytics' 100 Top Hospitals for 2014.

St. Joseph's Hospital (Chippewa Falls, Wis.). This 193-bed Catholic hospital first opened in 1885 and moved to a larger facility in 1975. In 2013, the hospital received the NOVA Award from the American Hospital Association, which honors effective, collaborative programs that are focused on improving community health status. St. Joseph's earned the award for the Chippewa Health Improvement Partnership, through which the hospital partners with local organizations to boost community health.

St. Joseph's Hospital and Health Center (Syracuse, N.Y.). St. Joseph's is a 431-bed hospital in upstate New York sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis. In 2013, the American Hospital Association awarded St. Joseph's the Carolyn Boone Lewis Living the Vision award for its work to improve the health of the community. The hospital received the award for its neighborhood revitalization strategy that includes developing green, affordable housing, a home ownership initiative and job training program.

St. Joseph's Hospital Breese (Ill.). Located about 40 miles outside St. Louis, St. Joseph's Hospital Breese is one of Truven Health Analytics' 100 Top Hospitals for 2014. Of those 100 hospitals, the Breese facility was further selected to receive Truven's Everest Award, which honors the top 14 hospitals nationwide that achieve the highest current performance and the fastest long-term improvement over five years. Joseph's Hospital Breese also earned a spot in the top 100 in the nation for patient satisfaction according to CareChex.

Sutter Davis (Calif.) Hospital. This 48-bed hospital put itself on the national map last year when it received the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the highest award given annually by the White House for innovation, leadership and quality. Sutter Davis, located 18 miles west of Sacramento, also landed on Truven Health Analytics' 100 Top Hospitals list in 2014.

Tanner Medical Center-Villa Rica (Ga.). The 40-bed Tanner Medical Center-Villa Rica opened in October 2003. Tanner Medical Center-Villa Rica earned an Everest Award from Truven Health Analytics this year, which is reserved for hospitals that achieved the highest current performance and the fastest long-term improvement over five years.

The Outer Banks Hospital (Nags Head, N.C.). The Outer Banks Hospital, a partnership between Vidant Health and Chesapeake Regional Medical Center, is one of the newest hospitals in eastern North Carolina, as it opened in March 2002. The 21-bed hospital serves a community of roughly 35,000 that grows to about 250,000 in the summer as tourism picks up. iVantage Health Analytics named The Outer Banks Hospital as one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the nation in 2014, and it is also ranked highly for patient satisfaction by CareChex.

Tomah (Wis.) Memorial Hospital. Tomah Memorial Hospital has been committed to providing compassionate care to its community since 1952. The 57-bed hospital was named one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the nation by iVantage Health Analytics this year, and it is nationally ranked for patient satisfaction by CareChex.

Union Hospital (Dover, Ohio). Union Hospital, located about 45 miles south of Akron, Ohio, was funded in 1906 and has 154 inpatient beds. It became a Certified Primary Stroke Center in 2014. The hospital earned a spot on Truven Health Analytics' 100 Top Hospitals list this year, and Healthgrades awarded it the Patient Safety Excellence Award and Women's Health Excellence Award in 2013.

Upland Hills Health (Dodgeville, Wis.). Upland Hills Health was formed in 1974 from a merger of St. Joseph's Hospital and Dodgeville General Hospital, two hospitals in Dodgeville, which is about 45 miles outside of Madison, Wis. The 22-bed hospital was named one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the nation by iVantage Health Analytics this year, and CareChex ranks it in the top 150 for patient satisfaction.

Waldo County General Hospital (Belfast, Maine). Waldo County General, part of Portland-based MaineHealth, is celebrating its 110th birthday this year after opening in 1904. The critical access hospital, located about 35 miles south of Bangor, was named one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the nation in 2014 by iVantage Health Analytics .

Waukesha (Wis.) Memorial Hospital. Waukesha Memorial Hospital, located outside of Milwaukee, was established in 1914. One hundred years later, the 301-bed hospital was named one of iVantage Health Analytics' Healthstrong Top Hospitals for delivering high-quality care at lower costs. The hospital, which has more than 2,700 employees, displays works of more than 150 local artists on its walls and in its outdoor areas to represent its community.

Whitman Hospital and Medical Center (Colfax, Wash.). Whitman Hospital and Medical Center opened in 1893 with the support of the Sisters of Charity. Now, the 25-bed critical access hospital has more than 200 employees and 47 physicians on staff. It was named one of the top 20 critical access hospitals in the nation by iVantage Health Analytics this year.

Woodwinds Health Campus (Woodbury, Minn.). Woodwinds Health Campus opened in August 2000 as a collaboration between HealthEast Care System in St. Paul, Minn., and Minneapolis-based Children's Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota. The 86-bed hospital was named one of Truven Health Analytics' 100 Top Hospitals in 2013 and 2014.

Wooster (Ohio) Community Hospital. Wooster Community Hospital, located about 50 miles outside of Cleveland, is one of the lowest-cost hospitals in the state. This year, iVantage Health Analytics named Wooster Community Hospital as a Healthstrong Hospital because it provides high quality care at low costs. Last year, it earned a Women's Choice Award in the category of America's Best Hospitals for Patient Experience.

Wyoming Medical Center (Casper, Wyo.). A nonprofit hospital in the center its state, Wyoming Medical Center has 191 patient beds and 150 physicians on staff. In fiscal year 2012, the hospital provided more than $24 million in financial assistance and other community benefits. In 2013, it received the Gold Plus Award for stroke care from the American Heart Association as well as the Vascular Surgery Excellence Award from Healthgrades.

 

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