10 states with top rural critical access hospitals

The Health Resources and Services Administration named 10 states with the highest-performing critical access hospitals Wednesday.

The ten states contain rural hospitals with 25 beds or less that achieved the highest reporting rates and levels of improvement over the past year. During the selection process, the HRSA considered hospitals' efforts to create technical assistance resources to improve care quality and assessed their progress on quality improvement projects supported by Federal Office of Rural Health Policy funds.

"Rural hospitals are key safety-net providers in their communities and it is important that we make every effort to provide the highest quality of care to individuals living in rural communities," said George Sigounas, PhD, administrator of HRSA. "Critical access hospitals may be limited in resources, but they have strong connections to their community and a commitment to quality care for every patient that is reflected in their effort to meet higher standards."

Here are the top 10 states with high-performing rural critical access hospitals. States total 10, although the list includes a tie, which is represented with a bullet and results in a numerical listing of 9.

  1. Wisconsin
  1. Maine
  1. Utah
  1. Minnesota
  1. Illinois
  • Pennsylvania (tied)
  1. Michigan
  1. Nebraska
  1. Indiana
  1. Massachusetts

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