WesCom News Service staff

Grande Ronde Hospital was notified in April it had once again earned a spot on the iVantage Health Analytics’ listing of Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States.

“We are proud of the efforts of all of our medical staff, our employees and our volunteers who each have a role in contributing to this designation,” said Jim Mattes, CEO and president of Grande Ronde Hospital. “A strong and independent health care system is a crucial component to sustaining the quality of life we all enjoy in our small community. The best way to ensure our system thrives when so many rural communities are in danger of their own small hospitals closing is for all of us to work together.”

Grande Ronde Hospital scored in the top 100 of Critical Access Hospitals on iVantage’s Hospital Strength Index. The index is the industry’s most comprehensive rating of rural and critical access hospitals. The results recognize that the Top 100 critical access hospitals provide a safety net to communities across rural America — measuring them across more than 70 different performance metrics, including quality, outcomes, patient perspective, affordability, population risk and efficiency.

“Rural health care deserves the same performance analysis as all provider performance. It plays a vital role for communities across America, serving more than 60 million people,” said Michael Topchik, senior vice president of iVantage Health Analytics.

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,” Topchik said. “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.”