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Waupun Memorial Hospital repeats top 100 list of national rural hospitals
May 28, 2014

Waupun Memorial Hospital (WMH) has been named for a third consecutive year by iVantage Health Analytics to a top 100 list of rural hospitals around the country.

iVantage has developed what it calls a Hospital Strength Index. For 2014, it measured 1,246 critical access hospitals across the nation on 66 different performance metrics, including quality, patient outcomes and satisfaction, affordability, population health and hospital financial strength.

After weighing all of those factors, Waupun Memorial Hospital for 2014 has been named among the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the nation – meaning it does well in a variety of areas as compared to its peers.

“Rural healthcare plays a vital role for communities across America, serving nearly 80 million people,” says John Morrow, executive vice president of iVantage. “The services provided in rural America are similar to those needed in any major metropolitan area, yet the volumes and economic resources provide little economies of scale, making for little benefit from scale. These Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals exhibit a focused concern for their community benefits and needs, regardless of scale, reimbursement and people’s ability to pay.”

A critical access hospital is a hospital certified to receive cost-based reimbursement from Medicare. This program is intended to reduce hospital closures in rural areas, promotes a process for improving rural healthcare and focuses on community needs.

“We are very honored to have been chosen for the third year in a row as a Top 100 critical access hospital out of more than 1,300 hospitals nationwide,” says DeAnn Thurmer, Waupun Memorial Hospital chief operating officer. “This recognition is a testament to our focus on quality, safety and service, and the exceptional care our hospital and clinic associates provide to our patients.”

WMH is joined by 15 other critical access hospitals in Wisconsin receiving this designation, as part of an assessment by iVantage Health Analytics. Wisconsin had more critical access hospitals listed in the top 100 than any other state. All 1,331 critical access hospitals nationwide - covering 45 states - are in rural areas.

The methodology is available at: https://www.ivantagehealth.com/ivantage-health-analytics-names-top-100-critical-access-hospitals/

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