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Richland Hospital Named Top 100 Critical Access Hospital

Richland Hospital Named a TOP 100 Critical Access Hospital in the Nation for the 6th Time

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The Richland Hospital, Inc. in Richland Center, WI was recently named one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States by iVantage Health Analytics and The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

This achievement is very gratifying and validates our daily commitment to providing the best health care possible to our community, while maintaining an efficient and effective facility,” said Bruce Roesler, Richland Hospital CEO.

The Richland Hospital, Inc. scored in the top 100 of Critical Access Hospitals on iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX®. The INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive rating of rural providers. It provides the data foundation for the annual Rural Relevance Study and its results are the basis for many of rural healthcare’s most prominent awards, advocacy efforts and legislative initiatives. The list of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals and more information about the study can be found at www.iVantageINDEX.com.

The Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals play a key role in providing a safety net to communities across America – and the INDEX measures them across eight pillars of hospital strength: Inpatient Share Ranking, Outpatient Share Ranking, Cost, Charge, Quality, Outcomes, Patient Perspectives, and Financial Stability.

“It’s more important than ever that rural hospitals proactively understand and address performance in the areas of cost, quality, outcomes and patient perspective. iVantage’s INDEX was designed to serve as this industry model,” said Michael Topchik, national leader of the Chartis Center for Rural Health. “Across the spectrum of performance indicators, there are rural providers that are writing the blueprint for success as they transition to value-based healthcare. Our analysis shows that this group of top performers exhibits a focused concern for their community needs.”

This year’s recognition marks the 6th time, The Richland Hospital, Inc. has been recognized as one of the nation’s Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals. In addition, Richland Hospital recently earned a 5 Star Patient Satisfaction designation from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services on their Hospital Compare web site. “Receiving this recognition a sixth time is extraordinary. Our commitment to excellence continues to set us apart from our peers and allows us to grow and expand the services that we offer the people of Southwest Wisconsin,” Roesler said.


The study is a very comprehensive look at a hospital’s operations and outcomes. The 50 measures that iVantage looks at can be divided into three larger categories.

Patient Care / Quality

Results from specific diagnosis are analyzed like: acute myocardial infarction (heart attacks), heart failure, pneumonia, congestive heart failure, surgical care, outpatient care and more. Considerations include: Does the hospital care for it’s patients well? Do patients have good outcomes? If they have surgery, does it go well? It is a very robust group of quality measures that are evaluated.

Patient Satisfaction

For this analysis, iVantage looks at the results of a survey that all hospitals must provide to patients to be in complete compliance with the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare. This survey, called HCAHPS compares the perception our patients have of us compared to other hospitals. Richland Hospital rates very high on the HCAHPS survey.

Financial Management

This study looks at the costs the hospital has every day to care for patients. It compares that to how much is charged and if those numbers are close together, that helps you become part of the Top 100 by demonstrating good financial management. Richland Hospital charges overall are less than other Critical Access Hospitals around the country.

The achievement of this recognition represents a true team effort by all hospital staff.