100 Great Community Hospitals

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Becker's Hospital Review has named "100 Great Community Hospitals," a list based on hospitals' quality of care and service to community. The hospitals listed here have fewer than 550 beds and minimal teaching programs, and are often located in rural areas as the only hospitals in their communities. Whether independent or part of a larger health system, the following hospitals have worked with limited resources to continually provide the quality of care and the experience patients 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), Healthgrades and The Joint Commission. Nominations for the list were also considered.

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.

Alegent Creighton Health Community Memorial Hospital (Missouri Valley, Iowa). Alegent Creighton Health Community Memorial Hospital is a 25-bed critical access hospital that is part of 11-hospital, Omaha, Neb.-based Alegent Creighton Health. The hospital was named one of the top 59 and 100 critical access hospitals in the country by iVantage Health Analytics on its 2012 and 2013 lists, respectively. Among the hospital's offerings are emergency care, diagnostic services, outpatient services and cardiovascular care, as well as mental and behavioral health services. The hospital also has specialty clinics for ophthalmology, orthopedics, pain management and other specialties.

Appleton (Wis.) Medical Center. Appleton Medical Center opened in 1958 as part of Appleton-based ThedaCare, a five-hospital community health system. The 147-bed hospital includes a cancer center, heart institute, emergency department, orthopedic services and a surgery center, in addition to inpatient services. Appleton Medical Center received a Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award from Healthgrades for its third consecutive year in 2013, and it also received Healthgrades' Outstanding Patient Experience Award in 2013.

Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center (Medford, Ore.). Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, formerly Rogue Valley Medical Center, is a regional referral and trauma center located about 275 miles south of Portland. The 378-bed hospital took on its new name in December 2012. In 2013, Rogue Regional Medical Center earned the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for the second year in a row from Healthgrades.

Aspen (Colo.) Valley Hospital. Aspen Valley Hospital is a 25-bed critical access hospital that offers a full range of services, with a special focus on orthopedics and sports medicine. The hospital first opened as Citizens' Hospital in 1891, after which it went through several renovations and a relocation. The hospital is currently undergoing a four-phase construction project that will make all patient rooms private. Aspen Valley Hospital was named one of the top 59 and 100 critical access hospitals in the country by iVantage Health Analytics in 2012 and 2013, respectively.

Aspirus Wausau (Wis.) Hospital. Aspirus Wausau Hospital is a 321-bed Magnet hospital under Wausau-based Aspirus, a six-hospital system. Aspirus Wausau Hospital features several centers of excellence, including a cancer center, the Aspirus Heart & Vascular Institute and the Aspirus Spine & Neurosciences Institute. The hospital has received a Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence and an Outstanding Patient Experience Award from Healthgrades each year from 2011 to 2013.

Audubon (Iowa) County Memorial Hospital. Twenty-five-bed Audubon County Memorial Hospital is located about 85 miles northeast of Omaha, Neb. It offers emergency, laboratory, physical therapy, radiology, skilled care and surgical services. It also has an outpatient clinic that provides chemotherapy, IV infusions and other treatments in addition to surgical procedures. iVantage Health Analytics recognized the hospital as one of the top 59 and 100 critical access hospitals in 2012 and 2013, respectively.

Augusta Health (Fishersville, Va.). Augusta Health, which opened in 1994, is a 225-bed hospital located roughly 90 miles north of Roanoke. It was named to Healthgrades' list of America's 100 Best Hospitals in 2012 and 2013 and received Healthgrades' Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence and Patient Safety Excellence Award from 2011 to 2013. In March, Augusta Health opened its Heart & Vascular Center.

Aurora Sheboygan (Wis.) Memorial Medical Center. Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center, part of 15-hospital, Milwaukee-based Aurora Health Care since 1992, was recognized as one of 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics for the fifth time in 2013. The 130-bed hospital offers more than 25 medical specialties, and includes a cancer clinic, vascular center, spine institute, sports medicine institute and sinus center of excellence. Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center was one of only 18 hospitals to receive five or more awards from Premier health alliance's Quest collaborative for achieving top scores in its performance goals for 2013.

Banner Boswell Medical Center (Sun City, Ariz.). Banner Boswell Medical Center, part of 23-hospital, Phoenix-based Banner Health, offers a range of services, from cardiology to cancer care and neuroscience. Its orthopedics services include the Joint Club — a 21-bed unit for patients undergoing total joint replacements. The 501-bed hospital also offers several outpatient services, including imaging and endoscopies. Truven Health Analytics named Banner Boswell among 100 Top Hospitals for 2013.

Baptist Easley (S.C.) Hospital. Established in 1958, Baptist Easley Hospital is a partnership between Columbia, S.C.-based Palmetto Health and Greenville (S.C.) Health System. Located 115 miles southwest of Charlotte, N.C., the 89-bed hospital is one of 13 nationwide and the only hospital in South Carolina to be recognized as a Top Rural Hospital by The Leapfrog Group. Baptist Easley Hospital was named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care by The Joint Commission for 2011, the latest year the award was given.

Baptist Medical Center East (Montgomery, Ala.). Baptist Medical Center East, part of Montgomery, Ala.-based Baptist Health, is a 150-bed acute-care hospital. It offers general medical and surgical services, as well as specialized services such as orthopedics and peripheral vascular services. The hospital includes a Level II neonatal intensive care unit, a therapy center for inpatients and outpatients, the Baptist Breast Health Center, a sleep disorders center and an endoscopy center. Baptist Medical Center East was recognized by Truven Health Analytics on its 100 Top Hospitals list for 2013.

Billings (Mont.) Clinic Hospital. Billings Clinic Hospital is a 272-bed facility under Billings Clinic, a community-owned organization that also includes a multispecialty physician group practice and a 90-bed skilled nursing and assisted living facility. The hospital offers a Level II trauma center, a 15-bed transitional care unit, a 14-suite family birth center with a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, an inpatient cancer care unit and a surgery center. Billings Clinic Hospital was named one of Truven Health Analytics' 100 Top Hospitals in 2013.

Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital (Charleston, S.C.). Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital, a 204-bed Magnet-recognized facility, is part of three-hospital, Charleston, S.C.-based Roper St. Francis Healthcare. Five Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy opened the hospital in 1882 as St. Francis Infirmary, the first Catholic hospital in South Carolina. The hospital now offers a range of services, including a bariatrics program, cancer center, endoscopy center and neuro-spine center. Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital was named one of Truven Health Analytics' 100 Top Hospitals in 2013.

Boone Hospital Center (Columbia, Mo.). Boone Hospital Center began as a 40-bed hospital in 1921. The hospital has since grown to include 400 beds, but the campus retains the original hospital building, which has been remodeled, expanded and is in use today. The Magnet-recognized facility, which is affiliated with St. Louis-based BJC HealthCare, offers a wide array of services, including cardiology, neurology, oncology, surgery and obstetrical services. Boone Hospital Center was named to Healthgrades' list of America's 100 Best Hospitals in 2013 and received Healthgrades' Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence and Outstanding Patient Experience Award every year from 2011 to 2013.

Cape Cod Hospital (Hyannis, Mass.). Cape Cod Hospital, part of two-hospital, Hyannis, Mass.-based Cape Cod Healthcare, was established in a physician's summer home in 1920. The hospital moved into a new building in 1950 and now includes 259 beds, a surgical pavilion, and centers devoted to cancer, psychology and breast care. Cape Cod Hospital received a Coronary Interventional Excellence Award every year from 2011 to 2013 and an Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award in 2013 from Healthgrades. Cape Cod Healthcare was named among 15 Top Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics in 2013.

Carilion Giles Community Hospital (Pearisburg, Va.). Carilion Giles Community Hospital is a 25-bed critical access hospital under Roanoke, Va.-based Carilion Clinic. The hospital offers 24-hour emergency care, advanced diagnostic procedures, minimally invasive surgery, nuclear medicine studies, rehabilitation programs and a diabetes management program. In 2013, Carilion Giles Community Hospital received a Patient Safety Excellence Award and Outstanding Patient Experience Award from Healthgrades.

Central DuPage Hospital (Winfield, Ill.). Central DuPage Hospital began as a 113-bed acute-care hospital in 1964, and is now a 313-bed full-service hospital. The hospital is part of Cadence Health, which formed when Central DuPage Hospital partnered with Delnor Hospital in Geneva, Ill., in 2011. Central DuPage Hospital offers cancer care, cardiology services, a neurosciences institute and orthopedic services. This year, the hospital was named one of Truven Health Analytics' 100 Top Hospitals for the sixth time in the last seven years.

Central Valley Medical Center (Nephi, Utah). Central Valley Medical Center is a 25-bed critical access hospital offering labor and delivery services, cardiopulmonary services and diagnostic imaging. The hospital also houses a surgical center, which opened in 2011, and a clinic with family physicians, an obstetrician/gynecologist, a general surgeon and an orthopedic surgeon practice. Central Valley Hospital was named one of the top 59 and 100 critical access hospitals in the country in 2012 and 2013, respectively, by iVantage Health Analytics.

Charles A. Dean Memorial Hospital (Greenville, Maine). Charles A. Dean Memorial Hospital is a 25-bed critical access hospital that began as a YMCA and 10-bed hospital created by a logging company in 1911. The hospital, which is a member of Brewer-based Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, includes diagnostic, emergency and rehabilitation services, podiatry, general and orthopedic surgery and a primary care practice. iVantage Health Analytics named Charles A. Dean Memorial Hospital as one of the top 59 and 100 critical access hospitals in the country in 2012 and 2013, respectively.

Chelsea (Mich.) Community Hospital. Chelsea Community Hospital is part of seven-hospital Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, which serves communities in southeastern Michigan. The 113-bed hospital completed a $40 million renovation that made nearly all patient rooms private in December 2012. Chelsea Community Hospital is also expanding its affiliation with Ann Arbor-based University of Michigan Health System, which will allow the health system to provide more inpatient services at the community hospital. Chelsea Community Hospital won Healthgrades' Patient Safety Excellence Award in 2013 and its Outstanding Patient Experience Award every year from 2011 to 2013.

Chesterfield General Hospital (Cheraw, S.C.). Chesterfield General Hospital is a 59-bed hospital that is part of Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems. The hospital offers imaging services, cardiac rehabilitation, physical and respiratory therapy, a sleep center, surgical services, vein care and a women's health center. Chesterfield General Hospital was named one of the top CHS hospitals by its parent for high scores in two major indicators of the HCAHPS survey in December 2012.

Community Hospital of Anaconda (Mont.). Community Hospital of Anaconda is a 25-bed critical access hospital that has provided healthcare services to the community since 1889. The hospital includes five ambulatory care clinics, a long-term care facility, home health and hospice care. In April, the hospital broke ground on a multi-phase construction project that includes a 30,000-square-foot addition. Community Hospital of Anaconda was recognized as one of the top 59 and 100 critical access hospitals in the country in 2012 and 2013, respectively, by iVantage Health Analytics.

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota (Fla.). Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, part of Tampa-based HCA West Florida, is a 155-bed facility offering spine, heart and vascular, joint replacement and outpatient surgery services in addition to behavioral health programs and stroke services as a Joint Commission-certified primary stroke center. Doctors Hospital of Sarasota was named one of 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics in 2012 and 2013, and it also received the company's Everest Award both years, which recognizes hospitals that achieved the highest current performance and fastest long-term improvement over five years.

Dublin (Ohio) Methodist Hospital. Dublin Methodist Hospital, a member of seven-hospital, Columbus-based OhioHealth, has undergone significant growth since it opened in 2008. The 107-bed hospital opened a heart and vascular diagnostic catheterization lab in February, and is undergoing construction to expand its Level II neonatal special care nursery. Dublin Methodist Hospital offers a range of specialty services, including brain and spine care, cancer care, ear, nose and throat treatments, endoscopy and orthopedics. The hospital was named one of 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics in 2013.

Fairview Hospital (Great Barrington, Mass.). Fairview Hospital, which is celebrating 100 years of serving the community this year, is a 25-bed critical access hospital affiliated with Pittsfield, Mass.-based Berkshire Health Systems. The hospital is designated as a primary stroke center by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and offers a range of services, including cardiology, diagnostic imaging, endoscopy, physical therapy and rehabilitation, general surgery, dialysis and wound care. Fairview Hospital was recognized by iVantage Health Analytics as one of the top 59 and 100 critical access hospitals in the country in 2012 and 2013, respectively.

Flagler Hospital (Saint Augustine, Fla.). Flagler Hospital, established in 1889, is a 335-bed acute-care, Magnet-recognized hospital. The hospital has centers of excellence for bariatric surgery, cancer, heart, maternity services, orthopedic surgery and sinus care, and it recently opened a dedicated renal care unit. In 2012, Flagler Hospital received Healthgrades' Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for the seventh consecutive year. In 2011 and 2012, Healthgrades named the hospital among the 50 best in America and also recognized it with an award for patient safety excellence.

Franklin Woods Community Hospital (Johnson City, Tenn.). Franklin Woods Community Hospital opened in 2010 as part of 13-hospital, Johnson City, Tenn.-based Mountain States Health Alliance. The 80-bed hospital offers emergency care, cardiopulmonary and respiratory services, diagnostic imaging and surgery and other services. In April, Premier health alliance named Franklin Woods Community Hospital a top performer in its QUEST quality initiative for meeting several of its performance goals. The hospital also received the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award in 2013 and Outstanding Patient Experience Award in 2012 and 2013.

Fremont (Neb.) Area Medical Center. As the only hospital in its county, 202-bed Fremont Area Medical Center offers a range of services, from emergency care to specialty services such as back and spine, cancer and cardiology care, along with home care and hospice. In March, Fremont Area Medical Center was named a Blue Distinction Center in Knee and Hip Replacement by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska. The hospital also received the 2012 Quest for Excellence award from the Nebraska Hospital Association for its pioneering work in blood transfusions.

Good Shepherd Medical Center (Longview, Texas). Good Shepherd Medical Center has grown from a 47-bed hospital in 1935 to a 425-bed regional referral center. The hospital offers many specialty services, including cardiology, neurology, pulmonology, oncology, orthopedics, gastroenterology, obstetrics, gynecology and rehabilitation. Good Shepherd Medical Center was named one of 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics in 2013 and received Truven's Everest Award, which recognizes hospitals for having the highest current performance and the fastest long-term improvement over five years.

Gulf Breeze (Fla.) Hospital. Gulf Breeze Hospital has doubled in size since opening in 1985, housing 77 beds and multiple specialties, including emergency services, heart and vascular care, rehabilitation and women's services. The hospital, which is part of four-hospital, Pensacola, Fla.-based Baptist Health Care, also includes a cancer center, primary stroke care center and sleep disorders center. Gulf Breeze Hospital was named one of 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics in 2013.

Gulf Coast Medical Center (Panama City, Fla.). Gulf Coast Medical Center, part of Tallahassee-based HCA North Florida, got its start when a group of physicians bought and expanded an existing hospital in 1969. In 1977 a new, larger hospital was built to deliver high-quality care to the community. Gulf Coast Medical Center includes a cardiovascular center, a center for weight loss surgery, a gastrointestinal center, a rehabilitation center and a women's and children's center. Gulf Coast Medical Center was named to the 100 Top Hospitals list by Truven Health Analytics in 2013.

Hill Country Memorial Hospital (Fredericksburg, Texas). Hill Country Memorial Hospital, located about 70 miles north of San Antonio, opened in 1971. The 76-bed facility offers a breast center, cancer resource center, occupational, physical, pulmonary and speech rehabilitation, orthopedics and services for women, infants and children. The hospital was recognized by Truven Health Analytics as among 100 Top Hospitals in 2013.

Holland (Mich.) Hospital. Holland Hospital began in 1917 in the former home of a local physician and is now a 189-bed, Magnet-designated hospital in the West Michigan Lakeshore area. The hospital's specialties include cardiovascular, ear, nose and throat, emergency care, neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, surgical services, urology and women's services. Holland Hospital was named among 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics in 2013 for the eighth consecutive year and was also named among America's 100 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades in 2013.

Hunterdon Medical Center (Flemington, N.J.). Hunterdon Medical Center opened in 1953 as the first and only hospital in Hunterdon County. The 178-bed, Magnet-designated hospital anchors Flemington, N.J.-based Hunterdon Healthcare System and has a family practice residency program. Hunterdon Medical Center includes an intensive care/coronary care unit, a same-day surgery center, a maternity and newborn care center, a pediatric unit and a behavioral health wing. The hospital received Healthgrades' Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award in 2011 and 2012 and received an "A" in patient safety from The Leapfrog Group in 2013.

Inova Fair Oaks Hospital (Fairfax, Va.). Inova Fair Oaks Hospital is a 182-bed hospital that is part of five-hospital, Falls Church, Va.-based Inova Health System. The hospital's signature service lines include diagnostic imaging, joint replacement, maternity services, minimally invasive surgery, spine and weight loss. Inova Fair Oaks Hospital also has an accredited center of excellence for minimally invasive gynecology services. Truven Health Analytics named the hospital among its 100 Top Hospitals in 2013.

John Muir Medical Center, Concord (Calif.). John Muir Medical Center, Concord, is a 267-bed facility that began in a small house in 1930. The Magnet-designated hospital, located about 22 miles from Berkeley, is certified as a primary stroke center by The Joint Commission and is recognized as a Blue Distinction Center for knee and hip replacement and for cardiac care by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. The hospital also received the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus awards for heart failure and stroke in 2013 and 2012, respectively.

Kalispell (Mont.) Regional Medical Center. Kalispell Regional Medical Center, part of Kalispell Regional Healthcare, began in a cottage in 1910 before moving to a new location and facility in 1976. The 163-bed hospital offers comprehensive services, including those for behavioral health, breast health, cancer care, cardiovascular care, neuroscience and spine care and orthopedics and sports medicine. Kalispell Regional Medical Center received the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award in 2013 for the third consecutive year and received Healthgrades' Specialty Excellence Awards for general surgery, joint replacement and orthopedic surgery in 2013.

Kendall Regional Medical Center (Miami). Kendall Regional Medical Center, part of Ft. Lauderdale-based HCA East Florida Hospitals, is a 412-bed facility offering multiple specialty services, including breast care, burn care, emergency pediatric care and rehabilitation. The hospital also includes a heart and vascular institute, an orthopedic and spine institute and a women's center. The hospital is a designated a primary stroke center and a Level II trauma center. Kendall Regional Medical Center was named among Truven Health Analytics' 100 Top Hospitals in 2013.

Kent General Hospital (Dover, Del.). Kent General Hospital is part of Dover, Del.-based Bayhealth. It offers comprehensive medical services, including cancer care, cardiac care, neurosurgery, orthopedics and rehabilitation, inpatient and outpatient surgical care and women's services. Kent General Hospital has received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence every year since 2011, and it has also received Healthgrades Specialty Excellence Awards for cardiac surgery and critical care.

Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph (Mich.). Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph is one of St. Joseph, Mich.-based Lakeland HealthCare's three acute-care hospitals. The 254-bed facility provides a range of services, including those for behavioral medicine, cardiology and cardiac surgery, neurosurgery, obstetrics, oncology, orthopedics and radiology, among others. The hospital also includes the Frederick S. Upton Education Center and the Health Sciences Library. Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph was named one of 100 Top Hospitals in 2013 by Truven Health Analytics.

Lawrence (Kan.) Memorial Hospital. Lawrence Memorial Hospital was founded in 1921. Located 30 miles east of Topeka, Kan., the 173-bed, nonprofit hospital serves residents of Douglas County. In 2009, the hospital completed a three-year, $45 million expansion, which included new facilities for its emergency and surgery departments as well as additional space for maternity, intensive and critical care services. In 2013, the hospital was named to Truven Health Analytics' 100 Top Hospitals.

Licking Memorial Hospital (Newark, Ohio). Licking Memorial Hospital, a 227-bed, nonprofit facility, is located 40 miles east of Columbus. Founded in 1898, the hospital has grown to offer residents of Licking County a full spectrum of healthcare services. The hospital is affiliated with more than 100 physicians in the region. In 2013, Licking Memorial Hospital received a Patient Safety Excellence Award from Healthgrades and was named to Truven Health Analytics' 100 Top Hospitals list.

Logan (Utah) Regional Hospital. Located 80 miles northeast of Salt Lake City, Logan Regional Hospital is a 135-bed facility that serves residents of northern Utah, southeastern Idaho and western Wyoming. The hospital was founded in 1903, and in 1975, the Church of Latter-Day Saints turned over control of the hospital to the community, and the secular, nonprofit Intermountain Healthcare was formed to operate the hospital. In 2013, the hospital received a Patient Safety Excellence Award from Healthgrades and was named to Truven Health Analytics' list of 100 Top Hospitals.

Lovelace Westside Hospital (Albuquerque, N.M.). Lovelace Westside Hospital, part of Lovelace Health System, has served Rio Rancho and Westside residents for the past 27 years. The 80-bed hospital has undergone significant remodeling in recent years and has added new services, including its first 64-slice CT scanner, digital mammography, a surgical and medical weight loss program and new MRI capability. In 2013, the hospital received a Patient Safety Excellence Award from Healthgrades and was named to Truven Health Analytics' 100 Top Hospitals list.

Major Hospital (Shelbyville, Ind.). Major Hospital opened in 1924. Located 30 miles southeast of Indianapolis, the 51-bed hospital serves residents of Shelby County and the surrounding communities. The hospital recently opened a $1.5 million cardiology center in collaboration with Indianapolis-based St. Francis Hospital and Health Centers. In 2013, the hospital received a Patient Safety Excellence Award from Healthgrades and was named to Truven Health Analytics' 100 Top Hospitals list.

Margaret Mary Health (Batesville, Ind.). Margaret Mary Health is a 25-bed, critical access hospital located between Cincinnati and Indianapolis. Founded in 1930, the hospital recently changed its name from Margaret Mary Community Hospital to reflect the growing number of services, physicians and offsite locations it includes. In 2013, the hospital was named one of iVantage's Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals.

Martin Medical Center (Stuart, Fla.). Martin Medical Center is a 244-bed hospital located 140 miles southeast of Orlando, Fla. The hospital was founded in 1939, and its parent health system, Stuart, Fla.-based Martin Health System, also includes Martin Hospital South and Tradition Medical Center, scheduled to open in 2014. In 2013, the hospital was named to Truven Health Analytics' 100 Top Hospitals and was recognized by Healthgrades as one of America's 50 Best Hospitals.

Mary Greeley Medical Center (Ames, Iowa). Mary Greeley Medical Center was founded in 1916 as a gift to the city of Ames from Capt. Wallace Greeley, who was an officer in the Union Army during the Civil War. The 220-bed facility offers care in more than 36 specialties and subspecialties, and includes a cancer center, the PET Imaging Center of Central Iowa and a hospice house. In 2013 the hospital received Healthgrades' Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence, its Patient Safety Excellence Award and its Outstanding Patient Experience Award.

Maury Regional Medical Center (Columbia, Tenn.). Located 45 miles from Nashville, Tenn., Maury Regional Medical Center serves as the flagship for five regional facilities, which serve 260,000 residents combined in southern-central Tennessee. Founded in 1953, the 275-bed hospital has been nationally recognized for its cardiovascular, joint replacement and home health services. In 2013, the hospital was named to Truven Health Analytics' list of 100 Top Hospitals.

Mayo Clinic Health System in Springfield (Minn.). Mayo Clinic Health System in Springfield was founded in 1958 and became part of Mayo Clinic Health System in 1998. Located 125 miles southwest of Minneapolis, the 24-bed hospital offers a range of services, including recently added speech pathology and recently expanded pediatric services. In 2012 and 2013, the hospital was named one of iVantage's Top 59 and Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals, respectively.

McKee Medical Center (Loveland, Colo.). McKee Medical Center, located 45 miles north of Denver, opened in 1976. The 132-bed hospital offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient services with an emphasis on employing the latest technology — the hospital is a regional center for robotic surgery, and offers an intelligent OB program designed to reduce the risk of complications during labor and delivery. In 2013, the hospital received a Patient Safety Excellence Award from Healthgrades and was named to Truven Health Analytics' 100 Top Hospitals list.

Meadows Regional Medical Center (Vidalia, Ga.). Founded in 1963 as the Dr. John M. Meadows Memorial Hospital, the state-of-the-art 194,000-square-foot Meadows Regional Medical Center opened in 2011. Located 88 miles west of Savannah, Ga., the new 64-bed facility features a large emergency department with 22 trauma, diagnostic and treatment rooms, as well as a modern cardiac catheterization lab. In 2013, the hospital received a Patient Safety Excellence Award from Healthgrades.

Mease Countryside Hospital (Safety Harbor, Fla.). Since 1986, the Mease Countryside Hospital has been serving residents of Pinellas County, which includes St. Petersburg. Located 20 miles east of Tampa, the 300-bed hospital features multiple centers of excellence, including heart, cancer, neurosciences, orthopedics and women and children's services. In 2013, the hospital was named to Truven Health Analytics' 100 Top Hospitals list.

MedStar St. Mary's Hospital (Leonardtown, Md.). MedStar St. Mary's Hospital was established in 1912. The 95-bed hospital, located 55 miles southeast of Washington, D.C., recently opened the MedStar Center for Wound Healing. The hospital's MedStar Heart Institute recently entered into a partnership with the Cleveland Clinic, providing patients with new and advanced treatment options. In 2013, the hospital received a Patient Safety Excellence Award from Healthgrades and was named to Truven Health Analytics' 100 Top Hospitals list.

Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center (Houston). Founded in 1971, 426-bed Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center is located in the 33-story Memorial Hermann Tower in west Houston. The Women's Memorial Hermann and Children's Memorial Hermann, comprising four floors of the tower, are the first dedicated women's and children's facilities to be built outside of Houston's Texas Medical Center. In 2013, the hospital received a Patient Safety Excellence Award from Healthgrades, was named to Truven Health Analytics' 100 Top Hospitals list and was recognized by Healthgrades as one of America's 50 Best Hospitals.

Memorial Hospital West (Pembroke Pines, Fla.). Located 20 miles southwest of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Memorial Hospital West has 304 beds and is a part of Hollywood, Fla.-based Memorial Healthcare System. Opened in 1992, the hospital offers a full spectrum of services and specialized centers such as the diabetes center and a separate children's emergency department. In 2013, the hospital received a Patient Safety Excellence Award from Healthgrades and was named to Truven Health Analytics' 100 Top Hospitals list.

Mercy Hospital Fairfield (Ohio). A member of Cincinnati-based Mercy Health, the 250-bed Mercy Hospital Fairfield has served residents of Butler County and northern Cincinnati for more than 30 years. The hospital is nationally recognized for its comprehensive heart care, and it also has a bariatric surgery center of excellence. In 2013, the hospital was named to Truven Health Analytics' 100 Top Hospitals list.

Mercy Hospital Grayling (Mich.). Part of Novi, Mich.-based Trinity Health, Mercy Hospital Grayling is an 81-bed hospital located 150 miles north of Grand Rapids. The hospital was founded in 1911, and moved to its current location in 1958. In 2011, the hospital opened northern Michigan's first and only senior emergency department, catering exclusively to senior citizens. In 2013, the hospital was named to Truven Health Analytics' list of 100 Top Hospitals.

Mercy Medical Center (Rockville Centre, N.Y.). Mercy Medical Center, founded in 1913 as a 13-bed facility, has grown to a 375-bed hospital that is now part of Rockville Centre, N.Y.-based Catholic Health Services of Long Island. The hospital is the home of many medical "firsts" in Long Island, including the first Cochlear ear implant, first autologous blood transfusion and first laser arthroscopic surgery for sports injuries. U.S. News & World Report ranked Mercy Medical Center 38th in New York, 44th in the New York City metro area and ranked its orthopedic service as high-performing.
 
Minden (La.) Medical Center. Minden Medical Center, located halfway between Dallas and Jackson, Miss., was founded in 1926. Since then, the hospital has grown to 161 beds and currently serves more than 70,000 people. The hospital's hip and knee joint replacement programs have been awarded disease-specific care certifications, and are the first and only of their kind in Louisiana. Minden Medical Center was named one of the nation's Top Performers on Key Quality Measures for heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care by The Joint Commission for 2010 and 2011, the award's most recent year.

Ministry Saint Clare's Hospital (Weston, Wis.). Located 200 miles east of Minneapolis, Ministry Saint Clare's Hospital opened in 2005 and is a part of Wausau, Wis.-based Ministry Health Care. The 110-bed hospital is a surgical center for the Marshfield Clinic and Ministry Health Care heart care team, as well as other nationally recognized programs. In 2013, the hospital was named to Truven Health Analytics' 100 Top Hospitals list.

Morton Hospital (Taunton, Mass.). Located 40 miles south of Boston, the 154-bed hospital was founded in 1888. The hospital was the first in the state to offer MAKOplasty total hip replacement surgery, and the emergency department sees more than 55,000 patients every year. In 2011, the hospital was awarded a five-star rating for heart attack care from Healthgrades.

NCH Downtown Naples (Fla.) Hospital. Founded in 1956, the 420-bed hospital is part of the Naples, Fla.-based NCH Healthcare System, which has the distinction of being the only member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network in the southeastern U.S. In 1996, the county's first open-heart surgery program was launched at the hospital. Since 2003, the hospital has been recognized by Healthgrades for being in the top 5 percent nationwide for clinical excellence.

New Ulm (Minn.) Medical Center. Thirty-five-bed New Ulm Medical Center is part of 11-hospital, Minneapolis-based Allina Health. The hospital offers outpatient cancer care, emergency care and home care and hospice, and includes a birth center, rehabilitation institute, surgery center and full-service clinic. New Ulm Medical Center was named one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the nation by iVantage Health Analytics in 2013 and received Healthgrades' Patient Safety Excellence Award and Outstanding Patient Experience Award in 2013.

Novant Health Huntersville (N.C.) Medical Center. Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center is a 75-bed facility about 15 miles north of Charlotte. In September 2012, three months ahead of schedule, the hospital completed an expansion project that added a hospital tower and two new floors to its facility. The hospital received Healthgrades' Patient Safety Excellence Award and Outstanding Patient Experience Award in 2012 and 2013.

Ocala (Fla.) Regional Medical Center. Ocala Regional Medical Center, a 200-bed hospital, opened in 1973. Located 75 miles northwest of Orlando, the hospital includes the only cancer center in the county to be recognized by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. In 2013, Ocala Regional Medical Center was named to Truven Health Analytics' 100 Top Hospitals list.   

Ogden (Utah) Regional Medical Center. Founded in 1946, Ogden Regional Medical Center is located 35 miles north of Salt Lake City. The hospital has 176 beds, a certified stroke center and a Level II trauma center. It also includes a cesarean wing, which is Utah's only dedicated unit for cesarean section deliveries. In 2013, Ogden Regional Medical Center was named to Truven Health Analytics' list of 100 Top Hospitals.   

Owensboro (Ky.) Health Regional Hospital. Owensboro Health Regional Hospital anchors Owensboro (Ky.) Health as a 477-bed facility that offers cardiology services, a children's outpatient center, heart center, joint replacement center, rehabilitation center and wound care center. The hospital, which opened with 12 rooms in 1898, is set to open a new and expanded hospital in June. In 2013, Owensboro Health Regional Hospital received Healthgrades' Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for the fifth consecutive year and was named to its list of America's 100 Best Hospitals.

Palos Community Hospital (Palos Heights, Ill.). Founded in 1972, the 436-bed Palos Community Hospital serves residents of Chicago's southwest suburbs. In 2009, Palos Community Hospital's cancer program was granted a three-year accreditation with commendation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. Palos Community Hospital was recognized by Healthgrades as one of America's 50 Best Hospitals in 2013.

Paoli (Pa.) Hospital. Founded in 1913, Paoli Hospital underwent an expansion in 2009 and now features a larger emergency department, more operating rooms and all-private patient rooms. The 157-bed hospital serves residents of greater Philadelphia and Chester County. In 2013, Paoli Hospital received an Outstanding Patient Experience Award and a Stroke Care Excellence Award from Healthgrades

Parma (Ohio) Community General Hospital. Parma Community General Hospital is an independent hospital located in Cleveland's largest suburb. The 332-bed hospital was founded in 1961 by the cities of Parma, Parma Heights, Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights, Seven Hills and North Royalton. When it first opened, the hospital had 200 beds. Parma Community General Hospital earned the Patient Safety Excellence Award from Healthgrades in 2013.

Payson (Ariz.) Regional Medical Center. Payson Regional Medical Center is a 44-bed hospital about 90 miles northeast of Phoenix. In 2013, the 44-bed hospital earned a spot on Truven Health Analytics' 100 Top Hospitals list. Payson Regional Medical Center has appeared on the list three times in the past — in 2006, 2009 and 2010. Payson Regional Medical Center also received Healthgrades' Critical Care Excellence Award in 2013.

Piedmont Fayette Hospital (Fayetteville, Ga.). Piedmont Fayette Hospital is part of Atlanta-based Piedmont Healthcare and has 172 beds. The hospital has been named one of the 100 Top Hospitals in the nation five times by Truven Health Analytics. The hospital transitioned to a new, comprehensive electronic medical record and practice management system in May.

ProMedica Defiance (Ohio) Regional Hospital. ProMedica Defiance Regional Hospital, located about 60 miles southwest of Toledo, was constructed in 2002. Defiance Regional Hospital is a Level III trauma center and an accredited chest pain center. In 2013, the hospital received the Outstanding Patient Experience Award from Healthgrades.

Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center (Torrance, Calif.). Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center has served the south bay community of Los Angeles since 1960. The hospital is home to the county's first single family Level III neonatal intensive care unit. The 442-bed hospital was named one of Truven Health Analytics' 100 Top Hospitals in 2013.

Riverside Medical Center (Kankakee, Ill.). Riverside Medical Center is located roughly 60 miles southwest of Chicago on the banks of the Kankakee River. The 325-bed facility includes more than 200 physicians and is home to the Rush-Riverside Heart Center, which Healthgrades has ranked among the top 5 percent in the nation for heart surgery. Riverside Medical Center also offers its Spiritual Healing Garden to patients and visitors as a place for meditation.

Rockingham Memorial Hospital (Harrisonburg, Va.). Rockingham Memorial Hospital has been caring for patients since 1912. The 238-bed hospital serves a patient population of about 200,000. In 2013, Rockingham Memorial Hospital received the Critical Care Excellence Award and the Pulmonary Care Excellence Award from Healthgrades. The hospital is currently constructing a new facility for women's health services, the RMH Funkhouser Women's Center, which is scheduled for completion late this summer.

Rutherford Regional Medical Center (Rutherfordton, N.C.). Rutherford Regional Medical Center is a 143-bed hospital about 73 miles west of Charlotte, N.C. The hospital, founded in 1906 by Drs. Henry Norris and Montgomery Biggs, is now part of a larger health system, Rutherford Regional Health System. In 2012, the system was named one of the nation's top performers on key quality measures by The Joint Commission.

Sacred Heart Hospital (Eau Claire, Wis.). Sacred Heart Hospital's history dates back to 1889 and was first known as the Hospital of the Sacred Heart of Jesus of the Sisters of St. Francis. In 2013, Sacred Heart Hospital earned the Gastrointestinal Care Excellence Award from Healthgrades. Additionally, the hospital has received the Outstanding Patient Experience Award from Healthgrades three years in a row. In addition to providing top-of-the-line clinical care, Sacred Heart Hospital is also environmentally friendly — it was awarded the Environmental Leadership Circle Award for demonstrating the highest degree of commitment to environmental sustainability.

Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast (Miramar Beach, Fla.). Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast, a 58-bed hospital, opened its doors in January 2003. The hospital was named on Truven Health Analytics' 100 Top Hospitals list in 2013. This year, Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast partnered with Life Line Screening to provide patients with the opportunity to receive preventive screenings for strokes and heart and vascular diseases.

Saddleback Memorial Medical Center (Laguna Hills, Calif.). Saddleback Memorial Medical Center has been a part of the Laguna Hills community for more than 30 years. The 256-bed hospital was named one of America's 100 Best and received the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence this year from Healthgrades.

Saint Elizabeth Boardman (Ohio) Health Center. Saint Elizabeth Boardman Health Center opened in 2007 and has 128 beds, but that will soon change — the hospital is undergoing a construction project and will double in size by 2014. Saint Elizabeth Boardman Health Center achieved Magnet recognition for nursing excellence in 2011. In 2013, the hospital earned the Critical Care Excellence Award and the Outstanding Patient Excellence Award from Healthgrades.

Sauk Prairie Memorial Hospital & Clinics (Prairie du Sac, Wis.). Sauk Prairie Memorial Hospital & Clinics was founded in 1956 and is comprised of a 36-bed hospital and four community primary care clinics. The hospital, located about 25 miles from Madison, has 34 physicians on its medical staff and employs 364 total workers. In 2013, Sauk Prairie Memorial was named to Truven Health Analytics' 2013 100 Top Hospitals list.

Schneck Medical Center (Seymour, Ind.). Schneck Medical Center, located roughly 60 miles south of Indianapolis, opened its doors in 1911. The 114-bed hospital is Magnet recognized for excellence in nursing and has received the Outstanding Patient Experience Award from Healthgrades for the last three years. In 2013, the hospital received a grant from the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust to provide free mammogram screenings to low- and middle-income women in its communities.

Sebastian (Fla.) River Medical Center. Sebastian River Medical Center has grown from a 103-bed general medical and surgical hospital when it opened in 1974 to a 154-bed hospital offering care in a range of specialties. The hospital, part of Naples, Fla.-based Health Management Associates, includes centers devoted to cancer care, heart care, orthopedics and women's health. Sebastian River Medical Center was named to Healthgrades' America's 100 Best Hospitals list in 2012 and 2013, and received Healthgrades' Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award each year from 2011 to 2013.

Spectrum Health United Hospital (Greenville, Mich.). Located about 150 miles northwest of Detroit, Spectrum Health United Hospital has 61 acute-care beds and 39 long-term-care beds. In 2013, the hospital was named one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics. Also this year, the hospital was awarded the 2013 Partner for Change award from Practice Greenhealth in recognition of its commitment to eliminate mercury from the facility, reduce waste, recycle and prevent pollution, among other green efforts.

St. Alexius Medical Center (Hoffman Estates, Ill.). St. Alexius Medical Center, a 339-bed facility, is part of four-hospital, Arlington Heights, Ill.-based Alexian Brothers Health System. The hospital offers an array of medical services and three specialty institutes — the Cancer Institute, the Heart & Vascular Institute and the Neurosciences Institute. In addition, in March, the $125 million Alexian Brothers Women & Children's Hospital at St. Alexius Medical Center opened. Healthgrades named St. Alexius Medical Center to its list of America's 50 Best Hospitals in 2012 and 2013, and the hospital received its Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award each year from 2011 to 2013.

St. David's Medical Center (Austin, Texas). St. David's Medical Center, a 350-bed facility, has been treating patients since 1924. The hospital is a primary stroke center and a certified chest pain center and includes the largest Level III neonatal intensive care unit in central Texas. In 2013, St. David's Medical Center earned the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence and the Patient Safety Excellence Award from Healthgrades. The hospital was also named to Truven Health Analytics' 2013 list of 100 Top Hospitals.

St. Elizabeth Community Hospital (Red Bluff, Calif.). St. Elizabeth Community Hospital is a 76-bed hospital in northern California. In 2013, the hospital was named one of Truven Health Analytics' 100 Top Hospitals for the seventh year in a row. St. Elizabeth also received Healthgrades' Patient Safety Excellence Award this year.

St. Francis Medical Center (Colorado Springs, Colo.). St. Francis Medical Center, which opened in August 2008, is part of Colorado Springs-based Penrose-St. Francis Health Services. The 172-bed hospital is the only full-service hospital in northern Colorado Springs and includes a birth center, Level III neonatal intensive care unit, Level IV trauma center and surgical services, among other offerings. In 2013, St. Francis Medical Center was named to Healthgrades' list of America's 50 Best Hospitals, and it also received Healthgrades' Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award for the third consecutive year.

St. Patrick Hospital and Health Sciences Center (Missoula, Mont.). St. Patrick Hospital and Health Sciences Center has served patients at its current location since 1984, but its history dates back to 1873 when it first opened. The 253-bed hospital has been home to medical firsts, including Montana's first transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedure in March 2013. St. Patrick Hospital and Health Sciences earned Healthgrades' Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award and the Spine Surgery Excellence Award this year, in addition to the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence.

Sutter Davis (Calif.) Hospital. Sutter Davis Hospital, located 18 miles west of Sacramento, has 48 beds. In addition to its clinical offerings, the hospital acts as an anchor of well-being in its community through initiatives that promote a healthy lifestyle. Sutter Davis Hospital partners with local farmers and bakers to host a weekly farmer's market each summer for its patients, visitors, staff and surrounding community. Sutter Davis Hospital was included on Truven Health Analytics' 100 Top Hospitals 2013 list.

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle (Texas). Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle, part of Arlington-based Texas Health Resources, has served patients since 1954. In addition to inpatient services such as cardiovascular and emergency care, the 36-bed hospital offers several outpatient services, including radiology services, wound care, surgery and its Outpatient Sports and Rehabilitation Program. Texas Health Azle was named one of 100 Top Hospitals in the nation by Truven Health Analytics in 2013.

The Outer Banks Hospital (Nags Head, N.C.). The Outer Banks Hospital opened in March 2002, making it one of the newest hospitals in eastern North Carolina. The 21-bed hospital has all private rooms and two operating rooms. The Outer Banks Hospital was included on iVantage Health Analytics' 2012 and 2013 lists of Top 59 and Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals, respectively.

The Valley Hospital (Ridgewood, N.J.). The Valley Hospital is a 451-bed facility that is part of Ridgewood, N.J.-based Valley Health System. The Magnet-designated hospital offers advanced cardiology, oncology, orthopedics, neuroscience and pediatric services, as well as centers for childbirth, breast care and fertility. Healthgrades awarded the hospital Specialty Excellence Awards for cardiac care, cardiac surgery, coronary intervention, gastrointestinal care and general surgery in 2013.

TriStar Skyline Medical Center (Nashville, Tenn.). TriStar Skyline Medical Center opened in September 2000 as a replacement hospital for Nashville Memorial Hospital. The 213-bed hospital was named as one of 100 Top Hospitals in the nation by Truven Health Analytics in 2013. Additionally, TriStar Skyline Medical Center was named Tennessee's first Comprehensive Stroke Center this year by The Joint Commission.

Vassar Brothers Medical Center (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.). Vassar Brothers Medical Center in upstate New York has been open on the banks of the Hudson River since 1887. The 365-bed hospital earned several awards from Healthgrades in 2013, including the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence. Vassar Brothers Medical Center plans to expand its emergency department and neonatal intensive care unit in the near future to better meet the needs of its community.

Waukesha (Wis.) Memorial Hospital. Waukesha Memorial Hospital was established in 1914 about 18 miles west of Milwaukee. To support its community and the future of healthcare, 301-bed Waukesha Memorial Hospital provides scholarships to high school graduates and current Waukesha County residents who are pursuing degrees in health-related fields. The scholarship program started in 1957, and the hospital has awarded more than $1 million in scholarship funds. Waukesha Memorial Hospital earned the Critical Care Excellence Award and the Outstanding Patient Experience Award from Healthgrades in 2013.

Woodwinds Health Campus (Woodbury, Minn.). Woodwinds Health Campus is an 86-bed hospital located roughly 18 miles west of Minneapolis. The hospital opened in August 2000 and is a collaboration between HealthEast Care System in St. Paul, Minn., and Children's Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota in Minneapolis. In 2013, the hospital was named one of 100 Top Hospitals in the nation by Truven Health Analytics.

Yoakum (Texas) Community Hospital. Yoakum Community Hospital is a 25-bed facility that has been serving patients since 1922. The hospital offers emergency, labor and delivery, laboratory, physical therapy, radiology and surgical services. In 2013, the hospital received the Patient Safety Excellence Award from Healthgrades. Yoakum Community Hospital is owned by Community Hospital Corp.

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