Coffey County Hospital in Burlington earned national recognition as one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the nation.
The Chartis Center for Rural Health used its Hospital Strength Index to determine the 2022 list. This index assesses performance in eight areas: inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspective, cost, charge, and financial efficiency.
“This is Coffey County Hospital’s first appearance on the list since attaining critical access hospital designation in January of 2017. The honor reflects the hard work and dedication of our team,” said Chief Executive Officer Joben Rieth. “It is a tremendous achievement, made all the more impressive because it was earned under the strain of the pandemic.”
The Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals represent the top 7 percent of the nation’s 1,350+ CAH facilities. Their success serves as a benchmark for other rural facilities navigating the uncertainty of the new healthcare.
“Despite unprecedented adversity, rural providers continue to display resiliency and a steadfast commitment to their communities,” said Michael Topchik, national leader, The Chartis Center for Rural Health. “Honoring the Top 100 is one of the high points of our year. We are delighted to recognize the exceptional performance and innovation of this year’s recipients, particularly in light of the extraordinary challenges facing America’s rural health safety net.”
The Hospital Strength Index is trusted by rural hospitals, health systems with rural footprints, hospital associations, and state offices of rural health across the country to measure and monitor performance across a variety of areas impacting hospital operations and finance.
Coffey County Hospital was founded in 1954 and is a division of Coffey Health System.