50 critical access hospitals to know | 2016

Becker's Hospital Review is pleased to present the 2016 edition of the "Critical Access Hospitals to Know" list, highlighting 50 of the nation's 1,332 certified critical access hospitals.


Critical access hospitals must have no more than 25 inpatient beds, have an annual average length of stay of no more than 96 hours for acute care, offer 24/7 emergency care and be located at least a 35-mile drive away from any other hospital.

The ones on this list meet all of those requirements but also go the extra mile for their patients. To choose the 50 hospitals on this list, the Becker's team examined rankings and awards from several respected organizations, including iVantage Health Analytics, Healthgrades, the National Rural Health Association, Truven Health Analytics, Women's Choice Award and the Leapfrog Group.

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.

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Abraham Lincoln (Ill.) Memorial Hospital. Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital is an affiliate of Springfield, Ill.-based Memorial Health System. [READ MORE] 

Aspen (Colo.) Valley Hospital. Founded in 1889 to care for men employed in the mining industry, Aspen Valley Hospital became the first Colorado hospital to affiliate with the Mayo Clinic Care Network in 2013. [READ MORE]

Aspirus Grand View Hospital (Ironwood, Mich.). Founded in 1932, Aspirus Grand View Hospital is a fully accredited hospital serving the medical needs of those in upper Michigan and northern Wisconsin. [READ MORE]

Aspirus Medford (Wis.) Hospital. Aspirus Medford Hospital, part of the Wausau, Wis.-based Aspirus Network, has served the Taylor County community since its humble beginnings in 1920. [READ MORE]

Avera Holy Family Hospital (Estherville, Iowa). Avera Holy Family Hospital belongs to Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Avera Health, a regional healthcare system that spans five states. [READ MORE]

Barrett Hospital and HealthCare (Dillon, Mont.). Since its founding in 1922, Barrett Hospital and HealthCare has grown into a modern, rural healthcare organization capable of providing care to 12,000 patients a year. [READ MORE]

Boone County Health Center (Albion, Neb.). Boone County Health Center is a nationally recognized leader, providing healthcare excellence to central Nebraska residents for more than 60 years. [READ MORE]

Bridgton (Maine) Hospital. Bridgton Hospital is a member of the Central Maine Medical Family, an integrated healthcare delivery organization that serves the central and western state. [READ MORE]

Calumet Medical Center (Chilton, Wis.). In 1956 Calumet County opened Calumet Memorial Hospital, since renamed Calumet Medical Center. [READ MORE]

Central Montana Medical Center (Lewistown). Nestled on top of a hill with a view of five mountain ranges, Central Montana Medical Center is a 25-bed critical access hospital that provides a full range of healthcare services. [READ MORE]

CHI St. Alexius Health Dickinson (N.D.). CHI St. Alexius Health Dickinson, formerly CHI St. Joseph's Health, became part of the Englewood, Colo.-based Catholic Health Initiatives network in 1996. [READ MORE]

Delta (Utah) Community Hospital. Delta Community Hospital, formerly known as Delta Community Medical Center, joined Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare in 1980. [READ MORE]

Fairview Hospital (Great Barrington, Mass.). Fairview Hospital is owned by Pittsfield, Mass.-based Berkshire Health Systems. [READ MORE] 

Floyd Valley Healthcare (Le Mars, Iowa). Floyd Valley Healthcare is a municipally owned facility that includes a critical access hospital, three family medicine clinics and an assisted living facility. [READ MORE]

Gunnison (Colo.) Valley Hospital. Gunnison Valley Hospital is a community-owned, integrated health system that provides a full range of healthcare services. [READ MORE]

Hammond-Henry Hospital (Geneseo, Ill.). Hammond-Henry Hospital, located about 150 miles west of Chicago, was founded in 1901. [READ MORE]


Hancock County Hospital (Sneedville, Tenn.). Hancock County Hospital, part of Kingsport, Tenn.-based Wellmont Health System, opened in 2005. [READ MORE]

Hudson (Wis.) Hospital & Clinic. Hudson Hospital, part of the Bloomington, Minn.-based HealthPartners network, demonstrates excellence in patient care and environmental efforts. [READ MORE]

Huggins Hospital (Wolfeboro, N.H.). For more than 100 years, Huggins Hospital has provided healthcare services to residents and visitors of the Eastern Lakes region. [READ MORE]

Kittitas Valley Healthcare Hospital (Ellensburg, Wash.). Situated in the heart of Washington, Kittitas Valley Healthcare Hospital provides quality healthcare services to residents of Kittitas County, which roughly 41,000 people call home. [READ MORE]

Madison (S.D.) Regional Health System. Madison Regional Health System, formerly known as Madison Community Hospital, operates a 22-bed nonprofit, independent healthcare facility that has served Madison and its surrounding communities for more than a century. [READ MORE]

Magruder Hospital (Port Clinton, Ohio). Magruder Hospital offers quality healthcare services to the Port Clinton community, about 44 miles east of Toledo, Ohio. [READ MORE]

Martha's Vineyard Hospital (Oak Bluffs, Mass.). Since its beginning in 1922, Martha's Vineyard Hospital has offered the Oaks Bluff community high quality, community-focused medical care. [READ MORE] 

Mayo Clinic Health System-Red Cedar (Menomonie, Wis.). Mayo Clinic Health System-Red Cedar is a physician-led, integrated system serving families in western Wisconsin. [READ MORE] 

Memorial Hospital (Seward, Neb.). Memorial Hospital is owned and operated by Seward-based Memorial Health Care Systems and consists of three family medical clinics, a pharmacy and a physical therapy program. [READ MORE] 

Millinocket (Maine) Regional Hospital. Millinocket Regional Hospital, a 25-bed facility about 130 miles from Augusta, Maine, was founded in 1952. [READ MORE] 

Ministry Door County Medical Center (Sturgeon Bay, Wis.). Ministry Door County Medical Center is a fully accredited, nonprofit acute care hospital and outpatient medical center founded in 1943. [READ MORE]

Mount Desert Island Hospital (Bar Harbor, Maine). Since it was established in 1897, Mount Desert Island Hospital has grown to not only offer care through the critical access hospital but also through a retirement community, nine regional health centers, a full-service behavioral health center and a dental clinic. [READ MORE]

Myrtue Medical Center (Harlan, Iowa). Myrtue Medical Center is an integrated healthcare facility that includes the Harlan, Avoca, Shelby, Elk Horn and Earling medical clinics as well as behavioral and community health offerings, a wellness center and an aquatic complex. [READ MORE]

New Ulm (Minn.) Medical Center. New Ulm Medical Center, affiliated with Minneapolis-based Allina Health, is a nonprofit hospital and clinic serving south central Minnesota. [READ MORE]

Newman Regional Health (Emporia, Kan.). Centrally located within the city of Emporia, Newman Regional Health is a 25-bed, community-owned hospital that serves residents in seven counties. [READ MORE]

Orange City (Iowa) Area Health System. Orange City Area Health System is a comprehensive health system comprised of four family medicine clinics, a behavioral health clinic, birthing center, surgical center, home health and hospice program and an award-winning critical access hospital, among other services. [READ MORE]

PeaceHealth Cottage Grove (Ore.) Community Medical Center. Cottage Grove Community Medical Center is part of Vancouver, Wash.-based PeaceHealth, a nonprofit Catholic health system that serves communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. [READ MORE]

Perry County Memorial Hospital (Perryville, Mo.). Perry County Memorial Hospital, founded in 1951, recently opened a 103,000-square-foot facility to better serve patients' needs. [READ MORE]

Pike County Memorial Hospital (Louisiana, Mo.). Established in 1928, Pike County Memorial Hospital provides extensive healthcare and ambulance transport services to the county, which roughly 16,500 people call home. [READ MORE]

Pikes Peak Regional Hospital (Woodland Park, Colo.). Pikes Peak Regional Hospital and Surgical Center is part of the Franklin, Tenn.-based IASIS Healthcare network. [READ MORE]

Providence Hood River (Ore.) Memorial Hospital. Providence Hood River, a 25-bed critical access hospital, is located about 60 miles east of Portland, Ore., in the Columbia River Gorge. [READ MORE]

Redington-Fairview General Hospital (Skowhegan, Maine). Redington-Fairview General Hospital has provided care as an independent community hospital in Maine since it was established in 1952. [READ MORE]

Richland Hospital (Richland Center, Wis.). Richland Hospital is a 25-bed critical access hospital that offers general medical and surgical care. [READ MORE] 

River Falls (Wis.) Area Hospital. Since its incorporation in 1939, River Falls Area Hospital has evolved from a small city hospital into a larger regional hospital supported by Minneapolis-based Allina Health Network. [READ MORE]

Sparrow Clinton Hospital (St. Johns, Mich.). In 1869, the hospital was officially founded by the Women's Hospital Association to bring critical medical services to the area. [READ MORE] 

Speare Memorial Hospital (Plymouth, N.H.). From its humble beginnings as a soldiers' and sailors' hospital in 1899, Speare Memorial Hospital has transformed into a worthy medical leader among its critical access peers. [READ MORE] 

Steele Memorial Medical Center (Salmon, Idaho). Key quality measures illustrate Steele Memorial's dedication to excellence in patient safety and clinical care. [READ MORE]

Tahoe Forest Hospital (Truckee, Calif.). Tahoe Forest Hospital has served its northeastern California community since 1952. [READ MORE]

Tomah (Wis.) Memorial Hospital. Tomah Memorial Hospital, founded in 1952, is a 29-bed critical access hospital that serves residents in Tomah and its surrounding communities. [READ MORE]

Transylvania Regional Hospital (Brevard, N.C.). Transylvania Regional Hospital, founded in 1933, is a nonprofit community hospital serving Transylvania and the surrounding counties. [READ MORE]

University Hospitals Geneva (Ohio) Medical Center. UH Geneva Medical Center is a community medical center and part of the Cleveland-based University Hospitals healthcare system. [READ MORE]

Waldo County General Hospital (Belfast, Maine). Waldo County General Hospital opened its doors in 1904. [READ MORE]

Whitman Hospital and Medical Center (Colfax, Wash.). Whitman Hospital and Medical Center placed among iVantage Health Analytics' Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the nation in 2016. [READ MORE]

Winneshiek Medical Center (Decorah, Iowa). Winneshiek Medical Center is a nonprofit community hospital that has served northeastern Iowa since 1914. [READ MORE]

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