100 great community hospitals | 2024

Becker's is pleased to release the 2024 edition of its “Great community hospitals” list.

Community hospitals are a crucial piece of the overall healthcare system in the U.S. They provide patients located outside of metropolitan areas with convenient, affordable care. Some of these community hospitals serve rural populations, while others benefit suburban communities.

The community hospitals honored in this list are focused on bringing clinical and academic excellence, personalized and holistic care, and overall improved health to their communities. The Becker's editorial team selected hospitals for inclusion based on nominations and considered several outside rankings and ratings organizations, including U.S. News & World Report, Healthgrades, CMS, The Leapfrog Group, the National Rural Health Association and The Chartis Center for Rural Health. 

Note: Becker's Healthcare developed this list based on nominations and editorial research. Organizations do not pay and cannot pay for inclusion on this list. This list is not exhaustive, nor is it an endorsement of the organizations mentioned. Organizations are presented in alphabetical order.

Contact Anna Falvey at afalvey@beckershealthcare.com with questions or comments.

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Community Hospital Corporation owns, manages and consults with hospitals through CHC Hospitals, CHC Consulting and CHC ContinueCARE, with the purpose to collaborate with partners and bring innovative solutions to support the vibrancy and accessibility of community healthcare. Based in Plano, Texas, CHC provides the resources and experience community hospitals need to improve quality outcomes, patient satisfaction and financial performance.

AdventHealth Daytona Beach (Fla.). Comprising 362 beds and nearly 3,500 employees, AdventHealth Daytona Beach is the largest hospital within the AdventHealth East Florida Division. It is the only hospital in the state and one of just 15 in the country that has earned 25 consecutive "A" hospital safety grades from The Leapfrog Group. The hospital has served patients in Florida's coastal community for nearly six decades, and has continued to expand with the opening of a medical office building and ambulatory surgery center in April. The hospital plans to begin a $220 million expansion to increase bed and surgical capacity in summer 2024. U.S. News & World Report has named AdventHealth Daytona Beach the No. 1 hospital in Volusia County for three consecutive years.

Adventist Health Clear Lake (Clearlake, Calif.). Adventist Clear Lake is a 25-bed critical access hospital with a 24-hour emergency room, lab services, medical imaging, intensive care, maternal care, surgical care and more. It is part of the wider Roseville, Calif.-based Adventist Health system, allowing for higher levels of care through patient transfers and referrals. The center offers both in-person and telehealth visits. It is also actively involved in community outreach, addressing the healthcare needs of the homeless population in the area through various projects. The center has recently embarked on a partnership with the city of Clearlake to build a new area medical office building that is expected to open in 2026. Some of its in-house innovations include Brainscope, the only FDA-cleared noninvasive medical device for brain bleeds and concussions, 3D cardiac ultrasound, and cardiopulmonary exercise test, the only noninvasive exercise stress test that measures heart and lung function in real time. 

Adventist Health Howard Memorial (Willits, Calif.). Adventist Health Howard Memorial is a 25-bed hospital staffed with over 350 associates and 30 medical staff members. Services span a 24-hour emergency department, intensive care, laboratory, imaging, orthopedics, physical rehabilitation, surgery and retail pharmacy areas. The hospital shares its Northern California property with Redwood Medical Clinic, which offers primary care, orthopedics, psychology and general surgery services. Adventist Health Howard Memorial is one of 30 U.S. hospitals to be named a Planetree Gold Certified Hospital, an award that recognizes excellence in quality and safety metrics and lower readmission rates. Howard Memorial pioneered the medication-assisted treatment program, which has helped over 90,000 residents with treatment for opioid use disorder and has spread to other hospitals across the Adventist Health system.

Alomere Health (Alexandria, Minn.). Alomere Health is a locally governed, nonprofit health system serving thousands of patients across the central Minnesota region through local clinics and specialty care. Its team consists of over 80 physicians, surgeons, nurses and healthcare providers across 28 specialties. The health system includes a 127-bed hospital with a level III trauma center, surgical center and full-service medical care. Alomere Health was recognized by CMS as a 5-star hospital and named as one of the Top 20 Rural and Community Hospitals in the nation by The National Rural Health Association for 2023. 

Ashley Regional Medical Center (Vernal, Utah). Ashley Regional Medical Center is a Joint Commission-accredited acute care facility serving three counties in Utah and one county in Colorado. The 39-bed center has a team of 30 affiliated physicians providing a wide range of specialties and a staff of highly qualified nurses and technicians. It opened a women's center in 2018 and an infusion center in 2019. The center's emergency room is staffed 24/7 and treats over 14,000 patients every year. Furthermore, the level IV trauma center is chest pain-accredited and a designated stroke receiving facility by the Utah State Department of Health. In 2022, Ashley Regional Medical Center was recognized as a Top 100 Rural and Community Hospital by The Chartis Center for Rural Health for the sixth consecutive year. The medical center earned a CMS 4-star rating for 2024. 

Aurora Medical Center Manitowoc County (Two Rivers, Wis.). Aurora Medical Center Manitowoc County is an acute care hospital featuring a stroke-certified level IV trauma center, outpatient surgery services, surgical and rehabilitation orthopedic care, women's health services, 24/7 ICU care and a cancer clinic. The 69-bed medical center comprises a team of 521 physicians and 138 nurses across 41 specialties. In 2022, Aurora Medical Center was nationally recognized as a Top 100 Rural and Community Hospital by The Chartis Center for Rural Health and an LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Leader by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. That same year, it received Practice Greenhealth's Environmental Excellence Award and the American Society for Healthcare Engineering's Energy to Care Sustainability Champion Award. For 2024, the medical center earned a CMS 4-star rating.

Baptist Medical Center Nassau (Fernandina Beach, Fla.). The 62-bed system has been serving patients in Florida's Northernmost county since 1994, offering a wide range of diagnostic services and medical staff trained in 29 different specialties. It is home to a cardiac rehabilitation center and a 30,000-square-foot surgery center. Its 420 team members are augmented by an additional 150 local resident volunteers. The system is currently in the midst of constructing a $38 million emergency medical services campus that will serve adults and pediatric patients. Additionally, it is investing $8.5 million into the renovation of its labor and delivery center. In 2024, it achieved a 5-star rating from CMS. 

Barton Memorial Hospital (South Lake Tahoe, Calif.). Barton Memorial Hospital, a member of Barton Health, is a facility with 63 acute care beds, 48 resident beds and 24-hour emergency care services. The hospital offers outpatient medical facilities such as a certified Level III Trauma center, urgent care, family practice, general surgery, orthopedics, obstetrics and gynecology, neurology, psychiatry and more. Barton Memorial has earned 11 "A" grades from Leapfrog for hospital safety since 2011. In 2023, the hospital was listed by Newsweek as one of the World's Best Hospitals. 

Boulder (Colo.) Community Health. As the only independent healthcare system in Colorado, the 167-bed Boulder Community Health collaborates with other healthcare providers to address economic pressures and provide quality care. Examples of this include their joint venture with UCHealth for a larger in-patient rehabilitation facility, and their partnership with Optum to advance clinical and operational performance. Recently, BCH led the establishment of the Della Cava Center, a dedicated mental health unit, achieved by securing financial support from the community. In 2023, the hospital received the Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award. In 2022, it received numerous Healthgrades awards for maternity care, joint replacement and orthopedic surgery.

Bozeman (Mont.) Health Deaconess Regional Medical Center. Bozeman Health Deaconess Regional Medical Center serves as the primary medical facility for a full-time residential community and popular tourist destination and is committed to caring for its local and visitor populations. Bozeman Health is the sole emergency medicine service provider in the area and has successfully handled a doubled trauma caseload from 2020-22. The hospital is currently developing the region's first inpatient psychiatric unit to expand access to mental healthcare, with an expected completion date in 2025. 

Brookings (S.D.) Health System. Brookings Health System is a nonprofit city-owned health system that offers a range of inpatient, outpatient, surgery, home health and extended care services to Brookings and around 20 surrounding communities. The health system consists of a 49-bed hospital, a 79-bed nursing home, living apartments for seniors, one medical center, two medical clinics and one eye clinic. Brooking Health System was named a Top 20 Rural Community Hospital by the National Rural Hospital Association for the seventh time in 2024. The Chartis Center for Rural Health awarded the health system with a Performance Leadership Award for the seventh straight year in 2023, in all three award categories: quality, outcome and patient perspective. Brookings has also been featured on Newsweek's list of World Best Hospitals for the past four years.

Buffalo (Minn.) Hospital. Allina Health's Buffalo Hospital provides exceptional care to approximately 100,000 patients per year across 24 distinct specialties. It is one of few hospitals in the state to receive a 5-star CMS rating in 2024. Beyond medical services, the hospital serves its community via volunteer hours, participation in clubs and community boards, collaboration with local school districts and events, and charitable giving. Recently, the hospital partnered with Community Dental Care in Wright County, Minn., to establish a not-for-profit dental clinic in order to improve access to oral healthcare. 

CHI Mercy Health (Roseburg, Ore.). CHI Mercy Health is a nonprofit health system that has provided care to over 100,000 Oregon residents for over 100 years, growing from a 25-bed in 1909 to the current 174-bed medical center with four affiliates: Centennial Medical Group, Oregon Surgery Center, Shaw Heart Center and Mercy Foundation. Its team of over 1,000 employees and 100 volunteers offer advanced technologies and a range of preventative, diagnostic, therapeutic and rehabilitative services to patients across the county and surrounding region. Mercy had 39,772 emergency room visits, 6,326 hospital admissions and 4,844 surgeries in the latest fiscal year. The Shaw Heart and Vascular Center is the first program west of Texas to receive the American College of Cardiology's Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence. 

CalvertHealth Medical Center (Prince Frederick, Md.). CalvertHealth Medical Center was first established in 1919. Since then, it has grown into an 80-bed, 1,200 employee community hospital with upgraded technology, improved facilities and an expanded service line. Their outstanding care is enhanced by clinical alliances with metropolitan medical centers, which helps provide patients with close-to-home care. The hospital has implemented state-of-the art diagnostic imaging and a new, integrated information system to further improve care. CalvertHealth Medical Center gained accreditation with commendation from the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer, which places it among the top community cancer programs in the country. 

Cambridge (Minn.) Medical Center. Cambridge Medical Center, a part of Allina Health, offers big city expertise in a small town via highly skilled physicians and medical staff who deliver compassionate, individualized care. The hospital is committed to enhancing patient outcomes and improving community health, as evidenced by its investments in the latest imaging systems, robotic surgery, and community health projects. Cambridge Medical Center serves over 30,000 community members via inpatient, outpatient, emergency care and specialty services. Patients have access to telehealth services, a highly-skilled surgery team, a radiology department accredited by the American College of Radiology, a certified therapy dog, and much more. 

Cary Medical Center (Caribou, Maine). Established in 1924 and currently celebrating 100 years of expert care provision, Cary Medical Center aspires to create healthier communities. The medical center is credited with launching the first rural veterans’ community-based outpatient clinic in the U.S., a model that set the standard for VA clinics nationwide. Recently, the center renovated its inpatient acute care and maternal child care units and installed advanced MRI and CT scan instruments, all while remaining one of the lowest indebted hospitals in the state. The hospital has also implemented an award-winning "Healthy You" nutrition education program and a "Bone Builders" strength training program for older adults. For over 30 years, the hospital has worked with the "Power of Prevention" community collaborative to fight substance use disorder. The medical center has also established a strong partnership with Pines Health Services, a federally qualified health center that would normally be a market competitor, in order to collaboratively meet the healthcare needs of rural northern Maine, particularly for low-income populations. In 2023, Cary received a 5-star CMS rating and was named a top rural hospital by Chartis Center for Rural Health. 

Cass Health (Atlantic, Iowa). Cass Health is an independent, full-service, 25-bed health system with over 420 employees, 80 providers and 100 volunteers. The system is the largest employer in its county and one of the largest critical access hospitals in the state. It sees over 1,000 inpatient admissions and more than 140,000 outpatient visits each year. In less than seven years, the system recruited over 70 new providers, nearly doubled patient volume, significantly improved market share, and underwent a $20 million remodel. Cass Health now offers nearly every available specialty, including rheumatology and infectious disease. In 2023, Cass Health was designated as a rural hospital Center of Excellence and given a $750,000 grant for providing maternal healthcare services to neighboring hospitals. It also received an $849,000 Iowa Workforce Development grant to establish a healthcare career registered apprenticeship program to assist 70 individuals in becoming nurses. Cass Health has been named a Top 20 Critical Access Hospital by the National Rural Hospital Association every year since 2021. 

Castleview Hospital (Price, Utah). Castleview Hospital serves the Manti La Sal Mountain range area with inpatient and outpatient services at its 39-bed facility and physician practices. The hospital also includes a family practice and two urgent care clinics within its affiliated Emery Medical Center. The hospital holds a Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission, is an accredited chest pain center, a designated stroke facility and a LifePoint Health national quality leader. Additionally, The Chartis Center for Rural Health has named Castleview a Top 100 Rural and Community Hospital for five consecutive years. 

Cedar City (Utah) Hospital. Cedar City Hospital is a full-service community hospital that offers care across 43 different specialties, being most well-known for its cancer care, nutrition and women's health specialties. The hospital features a cancer center, surgical service program, new imaging center, MRI suite, emergency room, women and newborns department and telemedicine services. Cedar City Hospital's Intermountain Cancer Center received the American Society for Radiation Oncology's Accreditation Program for Excellence.

Centinela Hospital Medical Center (Inglewood, Calif.). Upon celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2024, Centinela Hospital Medical Center received full ST-elevation myocardial infarction-certification by the Los Angeles County Department of Health, its eleventh consecutive straight "A" Leapfrog rating and its eleventh consecutive Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award. Centinela Hospital Medical Center was also recognized with the Healthgrades 2024 Coronary Intervention Excellence Award. The hospital just finished a multi-million dollar radiology equipment upgrade that will enhance the diagnosis process to allow treatment to begin sooner.

Chambers Memorial Hospital (Danville, Ark.). Established in 1956, Chambers Memorial Hospital is a general hospital that homes 30 private single-unit patient rooms and a 12-bed behavioral health unit. Services include general surgery, respiratory, radiology, laboratory, endoscopy, physical therapy, home health and home. The nonprofit hospital collaborates with local schools and businesses to improve community health and safety.

Chelsea (Mich.) Hospital. Throughout its 54 years, Chelsea Hospital has grown from an independent hospital to a member of Trinity Health to a joint venture between Livonia, Mich-based Trinity Health and Ann Arbor-based University of Michigan Health. This joint venture allows the two large, award-winning health systems to share resources and best practices, which elevates the standard of care for the rural communities Chelsea Hospital serves. In 2022, the 133-bed hospital’s roughly 1,000 employees discharged home more than 5,000 patients, completed 8,000 surgeries, and managed more than 30,000 visits to the emergency department. Recently, the hospital provided more than $170,000 in grants to nine community-based organizations to further improve the health and well-being of local residents.

Chilton Medical Center (Pompton Plains, N.J.). Chilton Medical Center is a community hospital with 260 beds and more than 750 physicians offering care across a wide range of specialties. The hospital sees more than 50,000 patients each year and continuously provides top-quality care, having been designated a Magnet hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The medical center received the Emergency Nurses Association Lantern Award in 2022, which is given to hospitals demonstrating exceptional and innovative performance in nursing. It has also been recognized as a top hospital in New Jersey with fewer than 350 beds every year for the last nine years in a row. It also received the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award in 2024. Recently, the hospital launched a percutaneous coronary intervention program, allowing Chilton to provide more advanced cardiovascular care to better serve its community.   

Day Kimball Hospital (Putnam, Conn.). The 104-bed, 22-bassinet Day Kimball Hospital provides medical services to a service area covering 450 square miles, spanning 13 towns in the region. The hospital is designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. Hospice and Palliative Care of Northeastern Connecticut, a division of the hospital's at-home care, is a CMS 5-star hospice agency. DKH received five consecutive "A" hospital safety grades from Leapfrog from fall 2021 to spring 2023. The hospital has received its sixth consecutive CNOR Strong designation from the Competency & Credentialing Institute in 2023, meaning at least 50 percent of operating room nursing staff is certified nurse-operating room certified. 

East Liverpool (Ohio) City Hospital. East Liverpool City Hospital, part of Ontario, Calif-based Prime Healthcare Foundation, is the only hospital in the Ohio Valley that earned a 5-star CMS rating in 2023. Additionally, the hospital received a safety grade of "A" from The Leapfrog Group for the sixth consecutive year. The 152-bed acute care hospital was founded in 1905 and serves a population of over 115,000, focusing on closing the gaps in care access and providing a safe, high-quality patient care experience. In April 2023, the hospital collaborated with the Ohio Department of Health to open The East Palestine (Ohio) Clinic, which provides traditional comprehensive primary care, acute illness treatment, health maintenance and preventive care services, prescriptions, lab testing, and specialist consultation scheduling. Other recent accomplishments include the East Liverpool City Hospital's outpatient clinic starting a 340b program that offers discounted prices on certain patient medications. 

Eden Medical Center (Castro Valley, Calif.). Eden Medical Center, part of Sutter Health, is a 130-bed hospital featuring a trauma center and various centers of excellence, such as neuroscience, orthopedics, rehabilitation, birthing center, imaging, stroke and cancer care. The medical center is also fully accredited by The Joint Commission. It has been recognized by Healthgrades as one of America's 50 Best Hospitals for 2022 and 2023, and earned the Patient Safety Excellence Award in 2023 and 2024. The hospital also earned recognition from the Human Rights Campaign in 2022 as an LGBTQ+ Health Equity Leader and received the 2021 Antimicrobial Stewardship Honor Roll recognition from the California Department of Public Health.

Endeavor Health Elmhurst (Ill.) Hospital. Endeavor Health Elmhurst Hospital, one of the acute hospitals accredited as a Planetree patient-centered healthcare organization, employs 300-plus physicians and over 3,000 staff members. The hospital provides patients in the Chicago metropolitan area with high-level medical and surgical care, behavioral health, cardiology, emergency care, maternity, neurosurgery, oncology, orthopedics and pediatrics.

Encino (Calif.) Hospital Medical Center. As a member of the Prime Healthcare Foundation, Encino Hospital Medical Center is a Joint Commission-accredited nonprofit acute care community hospital that provides inpatient and outpatient services to the greater San Fernando Valley. The hospital comprises 150 beds, 330 physicians and 420 professional support staff to offer 24/7 emergency services and a wide range of specialized medical, surgical and diagnostic services. Encino Hospital is a recipient of The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Heart-Check Mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. The hospital has also been named among the nation's top 5% for Patient Safety for four consecutive years, according to Healthgrades.

Evanston (Wyo.) Regional Hospital. Evanston Regional Hospital offers a range of 23 care services within its medical surgical ICU and onsite emergency department. The National Rural Health Association named the hospital as one of the top 20 rural and community hospitals in the country for the second consecutive year in 2024. It was also named one of the Chartis Group's top 100 rural and community hospitals for 2019, 2021, 2022.

EvergreenHealth Medical Center-Kirkland (Wash.). EvergreenHealth Medical Center-Kirkland is a 318-bed hospital and the flagship of EvergreenHealth. As the healthcare system is community-owned and a public hospital district, the hospital's resources and services are financially supported in part by the community. Thanks to their supplemented financial funding, the organization is able to provide not only clinical care but also community health outreach, education, and free services that benefit the community as a whole. 

Froedtert Holy Family Memorial Hospital (Manitowoc, Wis.). The 58-bed memorial hospital opened 125 years ago as a care facility for the U.S. Marine Hospital Service. The center has since grown throughout the area, evolving its healthcare and technology as times have changed. Specialty services include complete surgical services, intensive and stroke care, diagnostic imaging, laboratory services, maternal fetal medicine care, patient education, and social services in both inpatient and outpatient environments. There is also a cancer center, sleep center and lab. The hospital is actively working to train the future healthcare workforce through a partnership with Lakeshore Technical College. In pursuit of that goal, the hospital is also opening an education center in fall 2024. Each year, Froedtert staffers are actively involved in community events including blood drives, food drives, toy drives and yard clean ups. Recently, the hospital held a drop off for unused prescriptions. Froedtert has also launched a comprehensive telehealth program, using platforms and mobile applications to care for patients with complex illnesses including stroke and seizures. 

Grand Strand Medical Center (Myrtle Beach, S.C.). The 403-bed Grand Strand Medical Center serves the residents of Horry and surrounding counties. The hospital is home to Horry and Georgetown counties' only cardiac surgery program, neurosurgery program, and pediatric ICU. It is also a designated level I trauma center and level II pediatric trauma center. 

Griffin Hospital (Derby, Conn.). The 160-bed system serves more than 130,000 residents in the region, serving as a flagship hospital for Planetree, a leader in patient-centered care. Its geriatric program has been recognized for meeting the highest standards of patient safety and quality of care, and is a top choice for patients seeking surgical treatment for obesity and related conditions. 

Hackettstown (N.J.) Medical Center. Hackettstown Medical Center has served patients and communities in New Jersey for more than 50 years. The 111-bed center, part of Morristown, N.J.-based Atlantic Health System, provides inpatient and outpatient care options across a range of specialties. Beyond that, it provides education, screenings, support groups and wellness programs for people of all ages through its Center for Healthier Living. The medical center prioritizes innovation, with a cancer center using the latest technology such as TrueBeam high-performance linear accelerator, making it one of the only hospitals in the state to offer the treatment. The hospital has been recognized by Healthgrades, having earned 5-star ratings for its sepsis treatments for five years in a row and for heart failure every year since 2021.

Holy Redeemer Hospital (Meadowbrook, Pa.). The 239-bed Holy Redeemer has been growing in size since 1959. In the middle of its three-year community health assessment, Holy Redeemer has identified its priorities as mental health, substance use, food access, access to care, prevention and management of chronic conditions, housing, racism and discrimination in health care. It has recently expanded its critical services for mothers with substance abuse issues, created a breast cancer awareness walk for patients and families, joined two regional coalitions for gun violence and patient safety and engaged in a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Holy Redeemer Hospital was one of only 29 hospitals in the Commonwealth notified by the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania that it demonstrated low rates of health care-associated infections in 2022. It is also certified as a primary stroke center, has certifications as a maternity center, earned a gold award from the American Heart Association, is Aetna certified for joint replacements and more. 

​​Houston Methodist Baytown (Texas) Hospital. Originally established in 1948 thanks to $1.75 million in community donations, Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital is now a 281-bed acute care organization that serves a population of 350,000. Hospital leadership aims to provide safety, quality, service and innovation for patients and teammates alike. In 2017, the hospital launched a $100 million construction project to expand service line offerings, supplemented by an additional campus development project in 2020. The hospital has two Magnet designations and has achieved a safety grade of "A" from The Leapfrog Group for spring 2024. 

Intermountain Park City (Utah) Hospital. The 50-bed hospital is regionally acclaimed for orthopedic care, collaborating with hospital administration on surgical center development. It was also one of 13 Intermountain hospitals in the state to receive the 2022 LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equity Leader designation from the Human Rights Campaign for providing equitable and inclusive care for all patients. 

The Jewish Hospital-Mercy Health (Cincinnati). The Jewish Hospital-Mercy Health was founded in 1850 as the first Jewish hospital in the nation. Since then, it has earned a reputation for its expert training of future physicians in the fields of surgery, medicine, podiatry and pharmacy. The hospital was awarded the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Heart-Check Mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. In addition, it offers a joint replacement center, blood and marrow transplant center, brain tumor center, a weight management center and comprehensive cardiovascular and emergency functions. 

Johns Hopkins Howard County Medical Center (Columbia, Md.). Johns Hopkins Howard County Medical Center is a 232-bed hospital with over 1,800 employees. The hospital treats an estimated 70,000 patients in their emergency department and delivers over 2,900 babies annually. In July 2023, JHHCMC opened a new and improved breast center, and in 2022 it opened its neuro rehab center. The hospital holds a 5-star CMS rating, a Baby-Friendly birth facility designation from Baby-Friendly USA, designation as a CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Blue Distinction Center+ for Maternity Care, and designation as a Cardiac Interventional Center, Primary Stroke Center, and Perinatal Referral Center from the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems.

Jupiter (Fla.) Medical Center. The 248-bed Jupiter Medical Center is the region's only independent, nonprofit hospital and is complemented by its centers of excellence in comprehensive cancer care, cardiovascular care, orthopedics, neurosciences, and women and children’s services. Within the last year, the hospital completed two extensive expansions with the renovation of its emergency department and the new Johnny and Terry Gray Surgical Institute, which offers specialized cancer, cardiovascular and orthopedic care. The hospital has plans for further expansion in the coming years, increasing patient capacity to better meet the needs of the area. It plans to soon become the first hospital in Florida to utilize the Da Vinci 5 surgery system. Further, the hospital was recognized as a top hospital and awarded an "A" safety grade by Leapfrog in 2023, and was named on Newsweek's World's Best Hospitals and America's Best-in-State Hospitals lists for 2024.

Lankenau Medical Center (Wynnewood, Pa.). An extensive care center with tertiary and quaternary care, Lankenau Medical Center offers patients a broad spectrum of care as well as clinical trial opportunities. The medical center is a key piece of Radnor Township, Pa.-based Main Line Health. It is a teaching and research hospital with a stellar reputation in cardiology, orthopedics, pulmonology, urology, aortic valve surgery, back surgery, diabetes and more. U.S. News & World Report selected the medical center as one of the top three hospitals in Philadelphia and among the top 10 in the state as a whole.

Martha’s Vineyard Hospital (Oak Bluffs, Mass.). Founded in 1921, Martha’s Vineyard Hospital is a critical access, nonprofit, community hospital. It is located seven miles out to sea and is only accessible by boat or air. A member of Boston-based Mass General Brigham system, the hospital provides extensive acute, ambulatory and specialty services onsite and through its system affiliation. It has added more than 38 new clinical specialties to meet increasing demand, saving patients difficult off-island travel. Expanded primary care services have resulted in access for more than 1,200 new patients, reducing a previously 1,000-person waiting list. A $22 million campaign to address the critical need for workforce housing has resulted in a 48-unit residential site with two apartment buildings, one town house, and four duplexes. The hospital also supports the island’s only skilled nursing facility, which cares for 30 residents, and is currently transitioning the facility to a new small home model with a 66-bed capacity. Martha’s Vineyard Hospital has been recognized by the Commonwealth Institute for the past three years as one of the Top 100 Women-led Businesses in Massachusetts and as a top hospital for obstetrics, orthopedics and mammography by Women’s Choice Awards for 2022.

MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center (Laguna Hills, Calif.). MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center is known for its cancer, heart and vascular, and neuroscience institutes, as well as for joint replacement, stroke, rehabilitation, spine health, infusion, advanced wound healing and hyperbaric medicine centers, among other advanced specialties. Honored in Healthgrades’ "America’s 250 Best Hospitals" for the second consecutive year, the hospital is also consistently recognized by Healthgrades for excellence in multiple clinical areas and earned the Healthgrades 2024 Patient Safety Award. The new Women’s Pavilion, opening in phases, will offer a comprehensive array of services in one location, ranging from obstetric and gynecologic services to gynecologic oncology to breast health and more. Saddleback Medical Center received U.S. News & World Report high-performance rankings for several clinical categories and is listed among Newsweek's top maternity hospitals. It received an “A” safety grade from Leapfrog in seven of the last eight surveys, and is among the first U.S. hospitals to earn Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center Certification, Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation and Age-Friendly Health System honors. 

Memorial Hospital (Marysville, Ohio). The 99-bed system has shown major growth over the last two decades, managing to grow during a period when competition from large health systems was shutting down community hospitals. In 2020, the system fulfilled a major portion of the strategic plan it set almost 10 years ago. Since 2004, the system's revenue has expanded from $54 million to $170 million. In 2020, the system opened new inpatient and outpatient pavilions to lead growth. It also underwent a systemwide implementation of Epic, streamlining patient record keeping. In 2022, the system celebrated the 40th anniversary of its mobile meals program, which is one of the only hospital-based meal delivery programs in the state. The system's 1,100 associates provide care across many service lines to patients locally within six counties. 

Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center (Jasper, Ind.). Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center has provided over 30 specialties and care to 6,000 inpatients, 250,000 outpatients and 26,000 emergency department visits annually, over 70 years of experience. Its team comprises 250 physicians and 1,800 caregivers at the 128-bed facility. The hospital has been awarded the Magnet recognition for its high-quality nursing practice, the highest national honor for professional nursing practice. Memorial Hospital was also the recipient of the presidential-level honor National Quality Award.

Mercy Health-West Hospital (Cincinnati). Mercy Health-West Hospital's talented physicians and nurses provide compassionate, comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care. Among the hospital's chief offerings are emergency medicine, a birthing center, heart care, oncology, women's health services, and orthopedic and spine care. The hospital has earned a 4-star rating from CMS for 2024, as well as Magnet status for nursing excellence. 

Methodist Hospital Hill Country (Fredericksburg, Texas). Methodist Hospital Hill Country, formerly known as Hill Country Memorial Hospital, is the flagship facility of Methodist Healthcare System's nine acute care hospitals. The hospital offers 86 medical beds, 32 operating suites, and a wide range of specialties in their nationally accredited level III trauma center. Within the South Texas region, Methodist Hospital Hill Country is the largest cardiovascular services provider and holds the only intraoperative MRI Suite. On a larger scale, its adult blood and marrow stem cell transplant program is the first FACT-accredited program in the nation, and its robotics program is the largest in the world. Methodist Hospital Hill Country holds an extensive list of awards and accreditations from Healthgrades, the Women's Choice Award, IBM Watson Health, CareChex, Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, and the Chartis Center for Rural Health.

Mile Bluff Medical Center (Mauston, Wisc.). Mile Bluff Medical Center serves as a beacon of innovation and community-focused healthcare in south central Wisconsin, caring for 55,000 residents across eight counties and functioning as the only full-service hospital in Wisconsin's Juneau County. Recognizing the importance of community-based care, the hospital continues to expand its care continuum, investing in infrastructure improvements such as the recent completion of an imaging suite and the construction of new retail pharmacy spaces. The hospital is also continuing to develop programs and care offerings to best meet the needs of its community. Miles Bluff Medical Center has earned accolades from leading healthcare organizations, including being named a Leapfrog Group "A" grade hospital in 2022.  

Milford (Mass.) Regional Medical Center. The 148-bed Milford Regional Medical Center is a full-service community and regional teaching hospital. Recently, the hospital has adopted a Community Care Transitions Portal within their EHR, which offers improved safety and transition of care for patients. MRMC has been recognized as a Leapfrog "A" rated hospital every year from 2016 to 2024, and was rated a Leapfrog Top Hospital in 2022. Additionally, the hospital was a recipient of the Healthgrades "Outstanding Patient Experience Award" for the years 2015, 2022, 2023 and 2024.

Mission (Texas) Regional Medical Center. The 297-bed nonprofit Mission Regional Medical Center runs along the Mexican border, serving a growing community. The hospital has been serving the area for 70 years and offers emergency services, women's services, orthopedic care, critical care, cardiopulmonary services, laparoscopic and general surgery, newborn ICU, wound care, gastroenterology, rehab, lab, and state-of-the-art imaging. Every year, the hospital provides care for 24,000 emergency patients. The hospital also recently opened new clinics to expand primary and specialty care for the South Texas population. The maternity outreach clinic provides prenatal care to more than 900 underserved women each year. The heart and vascular clinic provides services to a high percentage of the population who are at risk for heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. In addition, Mission Regional became the first and only hospital in the Rio Grande Valley to be accredited as a geriatric emergency department by the American College of Emergency Physicians. The hospital is heavily involved in social outreach, striving to meet various metrics of health equity, patient outcomes and value of care.   

Munson Healthcare Cadillac (Mich.) Hospital. Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital is a 49-bed nonprofit hospital that has offered a wide range of services for over 100 years. It is one of the nine community hospitals in the Munson Healthcare system, which is the largest and leading healthcare system in Northern Michigan. Cadillac Hospital also received a 5-star CMS rating for overall hospital quality in 2024. The hospital is fully accredited by The Joint Commission.

NMC Health (Newton, Kan.). NMC Health has developed endeavors that have been adopted on a large scale by healthcare vendors across the nation. For instance, its COVID-19 insights, antibiotic stewardship efforts, blood bank automations, safety practices and wound dressing formularies have been sought in the national and international healthcare markets. NMC Health is also committed to improving the health of its community by focusing on creating healthy habits, starting with its campus; it includes a fishing pond, a walking path, a prayer and contemplation path, wildflower fields and beehives. NMC Health has achieved a 4-star CMS rating in 2024 

New Ulm (Minn.) Medical Center. New Ulm Medical Center, part of Allina Health, is a nonprofit hospital with 62 beds, 20 specialties and over 75 providers. The medical center offers an extensive list of services, including an expanded birth center, retail pharmacy, mental health and virtual addiction clinic, a rehabilitation institute, and many more. NUMC has implemented many novel initiatives, such as the Rural Physician Associate Program, a nine-month commitment in which University of Minnesota third-year medical students live and train in rural communities. The hospital’s services, doctors and nurses are acclaimed nationally and locally by such organizations as the National Rural Health Association, Healthgrades and the Chartis Center for Rural Health.

North Texas Medical Center (Gainesville, Texas). North Texas Medical Center is a CMS 5 Star Rated acute care hospital with 42 medical/surgical beds, six intensive care unit beds, and 12 women’s center beds. The hospital also offers an 11-bed emergency room, along with three trauma rooms, four operating rooms, two procedure rooms, and three wound care treatment areas. In addition, the medical center provides therapy, laboratory services, various medical imaging services and more. Recently, North Texas Medical Center added inpatient, outpatient and primary care Hospital @ Home services to make access to high quality healthcare even easier. The hospital is committed to pricing transparency so that patients understand what costs they are liable for in advance. Since the hospital is an independent nonprofit healthcare system, they also operate the North Texas Medical Center Foundation to gather needed resources and donations for the hospital through partnerships with community members and stakeholders. The hospital is operated by Community Hospital Corporation and owned by Gainesville Hospital District.

Northern Regional Hospital (Mount Airy, N.C.). The 133-bed Northern Regional Hospital has created a growth and community engagement initiative that supports its 1,000 employees and residents to pursue advanced education. The system also invests over $350,000 annually in healthcare academic pursuits for employees and students. In 2020, it established a leadership academy, with 40 employees having graduated from the six-month program. Last year, the system opened an additional family medicine clinic and a new multispecialty medical office building. In 2024, the system received the Pinnacle Award from the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges and was named for the fourth straight year among the Best Places To Work by the Triad Business Journal.

Northridge (Calif.) Hospital Medical Center. With origins in 1955 as a 49-bed hospital, Northridge Hospital Medical Center has since expanded to the current 394-bed facility. The hospital now employs over 800 physicians and around 2,000 employees. It has been named to Healthgrades' "America's 50 Best Hospitals" list and has earned the "Patient Safety Excellence Award", "Critical Care Excellence Award", "Stroke Care Excellence Award" and "Pulmonary Care Excellence Award" for 2024. 

Overlake Medical Center & Clinics (Bellevue, Wash.). The 349-bed system is focused on implementing innovation initiatives, including its digital transformation acceleration program, which utilizes artificial intelligence to enhance patient communication. Additionally, the system has implemented a diversity and inclusion program that has increased the percentage of leaders of color within the organization. The system has been serving patients in the area since 1960, and currently has a team of over 3,300 employees who care for 150,000 lives annually. In 2023, the system completed its largest campus renewal project in history, adding a 240,000-square-foot tower and a new childbirth center. 

Overlook Medical Center (Summit, N.J.). The 513-bed Overlook Medical Center is part of Morristown, N.J.-based Atlantic Health System. The medical center houses the Atlantic Neuroscience Institute, which is at the forefront of spine and neuroscience care, research and clinical trials and is pioneering the use of vaccines to treat brain tumors. The first comprehensive stroke center in the state, Overlook offers a broad range of advanced neurological, neurosurgical and neurodiagnostic services, including a neuroscience intensive care unit, level IV comprehensive epilepsy center and the state’s only helipad dedicated to emergency stroke and neurosurgical patient transport. The cancer center at Overlook has earned the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer's Outstanding Achievement Award and is designated a best practice hospital by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. In addition, Overlook provides vascular care, including advanced cardiac imaging, cardiac catheterization, elective PCI and minimally invasive procedures. It is also among a select group of hospitals licensed for primary angioplasty. Overlook’s Union Campus, a multispecialty medical complex, provides outpatient services including an ambulatory surgical center, imaging, infusion, oncology, nephrology, rehabilitation, laboratory services, primary care, and a satellite emergency department. At the beginning of 2024, Overlook opened a specialized unit that takes behavioral emergency patients out of the emergency department for quicker care, lessening volumes and wait times in the emergency department and reducing the need for inpatient hospitalization. Overlook is also in the midst of modernizing its maternity center, working on access and overcoming disparities in maternal healthcare. 

Parkview Huntington (Ind.) Hospital. The 36-bed system sees more than 700 patients come through its doors every day, serving a population that is 51 percent rural. Its 35-acre campus provides a range of services including medical, surgical, critical care, family birthing, behavioral health and critical care. In 2023, the system launched an innovation challenge that focuses on key safety problems within the system and aims to fix them. It also added several specialty services enabling patients in the region to get care without traveling. Additions include wound care, pelvic floor therapy and sports medicine. 

Prairie Lakes Healthcare System (Watertown, S.D.). Prairie Lakes Healthcare System is an 81-bed acute care hospital with over 800 team members who care for 90,000 people across ten counties in Northeast South Dakota and Western Minnesota. Prairie Lakes was one of 262 hospitals nationwide to receive the American College of cardiology's NCDR Chest Pain - MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award in 2023. The healthcare system was awarded Healthgrades' Outstanding Patient Experience Award in 2022-23 and received a 5-star facility rating from the CMS in 2024

Pratt (Kan.) Regional Medical Center. Pratt Regional Medical Center is a Medicare-certified facility that has been providing care for over 60 years. The medical center comprises a 35-bed acute healthcare facility, a 51-bed rehabilitation and long-term care facility, a home health agency, rural health clinics and physician clinics. The federal government has designated Pratt Regional as a sole community provider, and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has licensed Pratt Regional as a progressive medical center. 

River Falls (Wis.) Area Hospital. A 25-bed critical access hospital associated with Minneapolis-based Allina Health, River Falls Area Hospital has been expanding its service line in recent years. Its specialty clinic has been remodeled, and specialty care will continue to broaden as the hospital works to improve community access to care. The hospital has been working towards increased sustainability and has been recognized for its efforts by Practice Greenhealth with the 2023 System for Change Award and Partner for Change Award.

Riverside Medical Center (Kankakee, Ill.). Riverside Medical Center is a 312-bed hospital with a full scope of inpatient and outpatient care. It is a nationally-recognized, award-winning level II trauma hospital with advanced programs in heart care, cancer care, neurosurgery and orthopedics. It has gained Magnet designation for nursing excellence, making it the only hospital in the area to earn the distinction. The Riverside Heart & Vascular Institute recently completed their 100th TAVR procedure, as well as their 100th WATCHMAN.

Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital (Onancock, Va.). Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital provides a wide range of care services to the eastern shore of Virginia. The hospital has received accreditations from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and the American College of Radiology. The hospital is recognized as a Lung Cancer Screening Center of Excellence from the GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer. Additionally, Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital holds accreditations from organizations such as DNV GL Healthcare, the College of American Pathologists, and the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission for services and patient care excellence. 

Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital (Sweetwater, Texas). Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital has offered a range of medical services across Nolan County for close to 50 years. The hospital features inpatient care services with a 35-bed medical surgical unit and a six-bed intensive care unit. Among other services, the hospital offers emergency care in its level IV trauma center and walk-in care at its Rural Health Clinic. Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital is a DNV-accredited and CMS-certified hospital.

SSM Health Monroe (Wis.) Hospital. SSM Health Monroe Hospital is a 58-bed facility that provides around 2,000 inpatients each year across nine hospitals. The hospital's family birth suites averages close to 500 births per year and offer seven labor-delivery-recovery suites, five medical or surgical rooms and an operating room. SSM Health Monroe Hospital is LEED Silver certified, displaying a dedication to sustainability, on top of its dedication to personalized care. Additionally, Monroe Hospital received a 4-star rating from the CMS and the Outstanding Patient Experience Award from Healthgrades in 2024.

Saint Joseph Health System (Mishawaka, Ind.). Saint Joseph Health System is a nonprofit multi-hospital health system caring for patients in Mishawaka and Plymouth, Indiana. In 2023, Fortune/PINC identified it as one of the top five small health systems in the nation based on clinical outcomes, operational efficiency and patient experience. The system has been on the Fortune/PINC top 100 list for four years in a row. THe 312-bed health system's commitment to quality care has led to recognition for its Saint Joseph Mishawaka Medical Center by the Indiana Hospital Association and the State Health Commissioner as an INspire Hospital of Distinction.

Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center (Reno, Nev.). The 380-bed hospital has been serving patients in the community for 115 years, offering inpatient, outpatient, ancillary and wellness services. Saint Mary's Regional also operates an integrated medical group, multiple urgent care clinics, freestanding imaging, labs and primary care clinics. In 2023, it completed its 500th transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedure. It was also recently named the third best community hospital in the nation for cardiovascular care by Fortune. 

Samaritan Healthcare (Moses Lake, Wash.). Samaritan Healthcare is a 50-bed hospital offering care in family medicine, general surgery, orthopedics, obstetrics and gynecology, urology, gastroenterology and more. The hospital received an Excellence in Community Partnerships Award from Life Centers Northwest in 2023. A new Samaritan Hospital campus, serving as a regional, community hospital including specialty care, an expanded ED, increased surgical capacity, tele-pediatric and tele-neonatal ICUs and more, is planned for construction and is scheduled to open in 2026.

Sanford Bemidji (Minn.) Medical Center. Over the past 10 years, Sanford Bemidji Medical Center has invested over $100 million to increase access to specialty care. Thanks to its efforts, it has become the largest hospital in the region, housing 118 licensed beds and serving over 176,000 patients. The medical center is constantly expanding its services and has received much praise for its efforts. For instance, Sanford Bemidji’s program for addiction recovery was recognized as a Wellbriety Certified Treatment Center by the White Bison organization in 2023 for incorporating a cultural-based curriculum and allowing access to Native American healing practices for program participants.

Sarasota (Fla.) Memorial Health Care System. Starting as Sarasota County's first community hospital in 1925, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System has grown to become one of the largest public health systems in Florida. The full-service public health system comprises two hospitals that offer specialized heart, vascular, cancer, orthopedic and neuroscience services. 897-bed Sarasota Memorial is home to the county's only trauma center, obstetrical services, neonatal intensive care unit, inpatient pediatrics unit and psychiatric services for patients of all ages. Sarasota Memorial is also the only hospital in the state to have consistently earned the highest 5-star rating from CMS for overall quality and safety. Additionally, the hospital has received straight "A's" for Patient Safety from The Leapfrog Group since 2016.

Sentara Norfolk (Va.). General Hospital. The 525-bed Sentara Norfolk General Hospital is a tertiary care facility which offers the only level I adult trauma center and burn trauma unit in the Hampton Roads region. The facility is also home to a Nightingale Regional Air Ambulance. In addition to being a comprehensive stroke center, Magnet hospital for nursing excellence, Sentara Norfolk also serves as a teaching hospital for Eastern Virginia Medical School. Other services include heart and vascular care, neurosciences, urology, oncology, spine care, behavioral health, maternity care, women's health and more. The hospital has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a top 50 hospital in 2020 and 2021, and received an Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses PRISM Award from the years 2020-2023.

Sevier Valley Hospital (Richfield, Utah). Sevier Valley Hospital, formerly known as Sevier Valley Medical Center, is a 29-bed facility providing care to three counties in Utah. In just under 50 years of being open, the hospital has expanded its outpatient service wing and emergency department, added a new imaging center and women's and newborn center and implemented oncology services. Sevier Valley Hospital offers a wide range of care, with its most acclaimed specialties being orthopedics and sports medicine, cancer care, and imaging.

Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Hospital. Sherman Oaks Hospital is a 153-bed, nonprofit, acute-care community hospital that is part of the Oakland, Calif.-based Prime Healthcare Foundation. The hospital and wound center are staffed with over 700 employees who provide 24/7 emergency care and a range of specialized medical, surgical, diagnostic and hyperbaric medicine services across the San Fernando Valley. The hospital consists of an emergency department, 16 intensive care beds, digital radiology and laboratory services and a comprehensive operations suite with separate GI and laboratory facilities. Sherman Oaks Hospital has been a recipient of the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award and named Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Patient Safety for the last 11 years in a row. Additionally, the hospital  is recognized as a "100 Top Hospital" in the nation by IBM Watson Health.

South Central Health (Wishek, N.D.). 24-bed South Central Health is a critical access hospital providing high-quality, convenient and affordable care for its community. South Central Health recently joined an ACO and successfully implemented a new EHR. The hospital was honored by The Chartis Center for Rural Health as a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital for the fifth time in 2024. 

Southern Ohio Medical Center (Portsmouth, Ohio). This 211-bed nonprofit hospital serves the southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky areas, operating 45 outpatient clinics along with the main hospital, catering to an area where chronic conditions and poverty rates are significant. The hospital has been recognized for its care offerings and innovation of medical procedures by organizations including The Joint Commission, along with earning Leapfrog Group's "A" grade in 2023. 

Southwest Health System (Cortez, Colo.). Southwest Health System comprises the critical access Southwest Memorial Hospital and Southwest Medical Group, which provides primary and specialty care. The system offers up-to-date medical and surgical technology, emergency care services, and various outpatient medical and wellness services. Southwest Health System's main priority is bringing high-quality, patient-centered care to its community in an effort to promote and improve the overall health of community members. The hospital is managed by Community Hospital Consulting, an arm of Community Hospital Corporation. 

Southwestern Medical Center (Lawton, Okla.). Southwestern Medical Center is a 199-bed community hospital that offers a comprehensive range of medical services and high-quality care to 100,000 residents in Southwest Oklahoma. Southwestern Medical center was the first hospital in Lawton to receive The Joint Commission's Accreditation with Commendation award. Additionally, the Southwestern Rehabilitation Center was the first rehabilitation center in the area to receive a three-year accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, totaling nine consecutive CARF accreditations. Southwestern Medical Center was among the 15% of nearly 4,500 hospitals across the country to receive Healthgrades' 2024 Outstanding Patient Experience Award in March.

St. Anthony Hospital (Gig Harbor, Wash.). St. Anthony Hospital is a 112-bed facility under Seattle-based Virginia Mason Franciscan Health. The hospital has adopted the Virginia Mason production system, including process improvements for enhanced quality, safety and patient satisfaction. Additionally, they have embraced virtual care solutions, such as the enhanced collaborative care program. Care services include breast care, dental, orthopedics, women's health and more. SAH also delivers nationally-recognized cancer care at the Jane Thompson Russell Cancer Care Center. The hospital is active in various charity campaigns, such as Anthony's Closet, which provides clothing items to patients, and Stop the Bleed, a national campaign in the Peninsula School District dedicated to improving emergency preparedness for school district health staff. Recently, SAH had their CMS rating upgraded to five stars.

St. Bernard Parish Hospital (Chalmette, La.). The 40-bed St. Bernard Parish Hospital provides patients with comprehensive outpatient care and accepts medical orders from all healthcare providers. Services include imaging, endoscopy, cardiopulmonary services, and laboratory diagnostics. Physical, speech and occupational therapies are also available for all adults and childrens at the hospital's Outpatient Rehabilitation Center. Additionally, SBPH has an ICU and 24/7 emergency department. In the 2020-21 year, the hospital was recognized with a LAMMICO Patient Safety Award & Grant for CAUTI Prevention.

St. Joseph Medical Center (Kansas City, Mo.). St. Joseph Medical Center, a part of Ontario, Calif.-based Prime Healthcare, has been providing care to its community for 150 years. The 120-bed hospital features service lines ranging from cardiology to pulmonary care to general surgery to orthopedics. In addition, the hospital offers 24/7 emergency care, evidence-based inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services, and specialized senior care. Over the past year, the medical center earned a safety grade of "A" from The Leapfrog Group, a 5-star rating from CMS, and the South KC Chamber Community Service award. It was also recognized by Healthgrades with the 2024 Patient Safety Excellence Award and the 2024 America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery Award. 

St. Luke's Hospital-Upper Bucks Campus (Quakertown, Pa.). The 127-bed St. Luke's Hospital-Upper Bucks Campus has been rapidly expanding in recent years. The new hospital opened in 2019 and had expanded to 54 beds by 2020. Over the last year, the acute bed count has grown to 70 beds. By March of 2023, obstetrics services, cancer services, women and babies services, and additional medical surgical beds had all been added. The hospital is the first site in the world to add a GE Apex CT machine with the newest imaging processing technology. The campus has also opened a new pulmonary function lab, a sleep center, and a second endoscopy site. 

St. Mary's Medical Center (Blue Springs, Mo.). The 134-bed St. Mary's center is affiliated with California-based Prime Healthcare and is constantly focusing on earning new certifications and accreditations for its patients. The system is accredited by the Joint Commission, the Stroke Receiving Center, the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and more. It offers a 24-hour emergency department, surgical services, rehabilitation and outpatient services. Additionally, the center is a 5-star recipient for pacemaker procedures, total knee replacements, pneumonia treatment, gallbladder removals and diabetic hospitalizations. 

Sutter Delta Medical Center (Antioch, Calif.). 141-bed Sutter Delta Medical Center is a patient-centered medical institution, showcasing its commitment to excellent patient care via innovative research initiatives, clinical trials, educational programs, and cutting-edge technologies. The medical center has acquired state-of-the-art imaging equipment, implemented robotic-assisted surgery and launched telemedicine services to meet the ever-evolving needs of its community. Beyond medical treatment, patients are provided with comprehensive support services like financial counseling, social services and patient advocacy programs. The hospital also engages with the community through health education workshops, outreach events and collaborations with community organizations. In pursuit of environmental sustainability, Sutter Delta has implemented eco-friendly practices throughout its facilities, including energy-efficient systems, waste reduction programs and environmentally conscious purchasing decisions. For 2024, Sutter Delta received a 4-star CMS rating and was recognized as a high-performing hospital for Black maternal health by U.S. News & World Report. 

Sutter Roseville (Calif.) Medical Center. With over 70 years of experience serving its community, Sutter Roseville Medical Center provides acute care for patients at any stage of life. It offers a comprehensive lineup of services and offerings ranging from primary and family care to maternity care to senior and geriatric care. As a teaching hospital with recent accreditations for a graduate medical education in surgery and internal medicine, the medical center is continuously improving itself. An expansion in 2020 also allowed for a larger campus, updated emergency department, new intensive care unit, expanded cardiac care and a healing garden.

UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center (Steamboat Springs, Colo.). UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center is a nonprofit 34-acute care hospital that provides a range of medical services to over 51,000 outpatients each year. The medical center was recognized by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment with the Colorado Celebrate 6 Award of Breastfeeding Excellence for its improved maternal and infant health outcomes. UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center has received both the Top 20 and Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital recognition 5 times.

UNC Health Pardee (Hendersonville, N.C.). With over 1,700 team members including 366 physicians, UNC Health Pardee offers cancer care, emergency medicine, cardiac care, stroke care, primary care, and more. The hospital has expanded its facilities strategically to neighboring counties and recruited over 30 new providers since 2019, addressing the community's need for healthcare access. The hospital is top ranked in North Carolina for stroke care by Healthgrades, and has received recognition as one of America's Best Hospitals for Stroke Care for eight consecutive years. In 2022, Pardee initiated collaboration with Blue Ridge Health to become a subrecipient of their Federally Qualified Health Center status. 

USC Arcadia (Calif.) Hospital. Founded in 1903, the 348-bed USC Arcadia Hospital is part of Los Angeles-based Keck Medicine of USC, one of just two university-owned academic medical centers in the Los Angeles area. The full-service community hospital treats over 16,000 inpatients and saw 48,685 emergency department visits in calendar year 2023. It is a heart attack receiving center, a comprehensive stroke center and an emergency department approved for pediatrics. The hospital joined Keck Medicine of USC in July of 2022, helping advance its mission of expanding access to specialized care and research to the community. 

UVA Health Prince William Medical Center (Manassas, Va.). Prince William Medical Center has served its community for 60 years, providing a broad spectrum of inpatient and outpatient services. The hospital joined UVA Health in 2021, enabling it to access the system's resources and better provide care to community members. Since its acquisition, the hospital has hired over 50 providers, has added specialty services and has migrated to Epic EHR. It is a Magnet hospital, has earned full accreditation from The Joint Commission and has achieved 11 consecutive "A" grades from The Leapfrog Group for safety. Recently, the 130-bed hospital established neonatal intensive care unit telehealth connectivity to Charlottesvilla, Va.-based UVA Children's, providing Prince William patients with easy access to real-time medical consultations from the most expert neonatology specialists. 

Union General Hospital (Blairsville, Ga.). First established in 1959, Union General Hospital now features 45 beds, a dialysis center, orthopedics and sports medicine, women's health, pediatrics and multiple other affiliated facilities. The hospital has earned chest pain center accreditation and advanced heart failure accreditation from the American College of Cardiology. It was also recognized by The Women's Choice Award as one of "America's 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience" for four consecutive years. With a laser focus on improving the health of its patients, the hospital is a pillar for the communities it serves. 

UnityPoint Health-Meriter (Madison, Wisc.). This community hospital has served its community for more than 125 years, and is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive and equitable care environment. For example, it recently renamed its women's health/mother-baby services to pregnancy and newborn services to ensure an inclusive culture at all stages of the care continuum. The hospital offers educational opportunities for area students, partners with a local furniture store to provide mattresses to residents of a nearby low-income housing complex, and works to address negative impacts to health, such as homelessness, through a program that provides treatment to those with housing insecurities. The hospital's efforts have been recognized nationally, including earning a 5-star quality rating from CMS and being named the No. 2 hospital nationwide on Newsweek's Excellence 1000 Index for 2024. 

UnityPoint Health-St. Luke's Hospital (Cedar Rapids, Iowa). Celebrating its 140th Anniversary in 2024, UnityPoint Health-St. Luke's Hospital has been leading heart care advancements for over 40 years. It is known for pioneering open heart surgery in 1978. The hospital continues to expand, currently undergoing a $25 million heart and vascular services expansion project set to be completed in 2025. St. Luke's is one of eight hospitals in the state to receive the highest CMS rating and is consistently named a Best Regional Hospital in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Additionally, St. Luke's is the only hospital in Cedar Rapids to receive the Magnet Hospital for Nursing Excellence designation and is among the 2% of hospitals to receive this designation four times.

University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center (Beachwood, Ohio). The 144-bed system opened in 2011 and is an anchor healthcare institution on Cleveland's east side. In 2022, the hospital had 182,418 patient encounters from surrounding counties. It also offers an array of outpatient surgical services, including 25 specialties and subspecialties provided by 1,126 physicians. The hospital is home to a COVID-19 recovery clinic, which promotes healing for each patient suffering from the illness. It also earned a 4-star rating from CMS in 2024.

University Hospitals Parma (Ohio) Medical Center. The 332-bed system was founded in 1961 and has grown to a nine-floor medical center that is a high volume hub for cardiac and vascular surgery. UH Parma was the first hospital in the state to train paramedics in telestroke care to help patients while emergency help is en route. The hospital is also a level III trauma center and a primary provider of graduate medical education for internal medicine. Recently, the hospital opened an interventional radiology lab and implemented nurse navigators for heart failure, COPD and cancer patients. The hospital also hosted University Hospitals' first comprehensive pain center. It received a 5-star CMS rating and "A" hospital safety grade from The Leapfrog Group. 

University Hospitals Samaritan Medical Center (Ashland, Ohio). University Hospitals Samaritan Medical Center is a 55-bed acute care facility, recognized among the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals for 2022 by Chartis Center for Rural Health. Situated between Cleveland and Columbus, the hospital offers exceptional healthcare services to residents of Ashland and nearby communities. UH Samaritan provides 24/7 emergency care, advanced surgical services and various outpatient health centers. In spring 2024, UH Samaritan received a Leapfrog "A" Hospital Safety Grade.

University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown is the first hospital in the state to receive a Maryland Rural Hospital designation. The hospital earned this distinction through its achievement of geriatric emergency department accreditation, its designation as an Age Friendly Health System and its membership in Healthy People 2030. The hospital's community outreach team collaborates with partners to offer home safety inspections, advance directives preparation assistance, blood pressure checks, health screenings, chronic illness case management, wellness activities, and telehealth consultation arrangements. The team made 920 home visits in 2023. The hospital also has a health education program that provides free community health education classes. In addition, a remote patient monitoring program was launched in February 2024, giving providers access to health information that keeps patients healthier at home.

Valley Medical Center (Renton, Wash.). The 331-bed system is the largest and oldest community hospital in the state. It also cares for the most diverse and underserved communities in the region. The system prides itself on making sustainable, scalable decisions for improving values and beliefs. It has also been named a leader in LGBTQ+ patient equality since 2011. It is growing its cancer and oncology program in the region, adding a larger infusion center and centralized cancer care. It is also in a multi-year supply chain transformation, driving savings, efficiency and safety. 

Watertown (Wis.) Regional Medical Center. The 95-bed system serves Watertown's 24,000 community residents, achieving national accolades for quality and expert care. In 2018, the system opened a 15-bed senior behavioral health center offering inpatient care for residents over 65. In 2021, it opened a fully renovated orthopedic center. It has been named a top maternity hospital in the U.S. by Newsweek, and was designated a baby friendly hospital by CMS in 2022. 

WellSpan Chambersburg Hospital (York, Pa.). Five years after the affiliation between York, Pa.-based WellSpan Health and Summit Health, WellSpan Chambersburg Hospital has become the most comprehensive local healthcare provider and largest employer in Pennsylvania's Franklin County. A testament to its care quality, the hospital was named as one of America's Best Hospitals by Healthgrades and named among the top 1% nationally based on patient mortality and complication rates. WellSpan was also recognized as the first health system in Pennsylvania, and one of only three systems in the country, to be awarded the Health Equity Accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance, thanks to its culturally and linguistically sensitive services and work in reducing health care disparities. The health system has also been recognized among the best employers in Pennsylvania by Forbes for five consecutive years. 

West Jefferson Medical Center (Marrero, La.). The 419-bed West Jefferson Medical Center, located minutes from downtown New Orleans, has been serving area patients for over 60 years. The center offers a full set of medical services and has several national accolades, including for patient safety and stroke care. The facility includes complete surgical services, intensive and stroke care, diagnostic imaging, laboratory services, maternal fetal medicine care, patient education, and social services in both inpatient and outpatient environments. In 2017, the hospital opened a comprehensive diabetes center and in 2023 it opened a maternal fetal medical clinic. The center offers heart and vascular care, neuroscience, bone and joint care, diagnostic imaging, a cancer program, comprehensive women's services and neighborhood primary clinics.  

Wooster (Ohio) Community Hospital. The 173-bed Wooster Community Hospital is a full-service and acute-care facility offering a complete range of inpatient and outpatient services. The hospital offers cardiovascular care, cancer care, advanced imaging services, total joint replacement, rehabilitation, a sleep medicine center, a wound healing center and hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and more. WCH has been ranked in the top 2% in measures such as overall performance and commitment to continuous improvement, and has been recognized as one of IBM Watson's Top 100 Hospitals from 2019 through 2022. The hospital was also awarded the "Outstanding Patient Experience Award" by Healthgrades six times in the last eight years.

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