Riverwood ranks among Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals in U.S.

For the second year in a row, Riverwood Healthcare Center in Aitkin, Minn., has been named one of the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in the United States.

The Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals, including Riverwood, scored best among critical access hospitals nationwide as determined by The Chartis Center for Rural Health. The rankings were recently announced by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA).

Riverwood team members representing hospital and clinic departments

“We were excited to learn that Riverwood is the only critical access hospital in Minnesota to achieve this prestigious national recognition,” said Cindi Baker, Riverwood’s interim chief executive officer. “We are extremely proud of our physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses and every single member of our team, all of whom contribute to a culture of caring at Riverwood. The index shows that our hospital scores very high on two key factors in health care–quality of care and patient satisfaction.”

The Top 20 Critical Access Hospital “winners” are those hospitals that have achieved success in the overall performance based on a composite rating from eight indices of strength: inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspectives, cost, charge and financial stability. This group was selected from The Chartis Center for Rural Health’s 2018 Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals list, which was released earlier this year. Riverwood made the Top 100 list for the fifth time in 2018.

Those hospitals that have been recognized as Top 20 Critical Access Hospital “best practice recipients” have achieved success in one of two key areas of performance:

  • Quality index: A rating of hospital performance based on the percentile rank across the five categories of Hospital Compare Process of Care measures.
  • Patient perspective index: A rating of hospital performance based on the percentile rank on two Hospital Compare HCAHPS measures (“Overall Rating” and “Highly Recommend”).

An awards ceremony to honor the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals will be held during NRHA’s Critical Access Hospital Conference in September in Kansas City, Mo.

There are 1,346 critical access hospitals located throughout the United States, with 78 in Minnesota. “Critical Access Hospital” is a designation given to certain rural hospitals by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to reduce the financial vulnerability of rural hospitals and improve access to health care by keeping essential services in rural communities. This is accomplished through cost-based Medicare reimbursement.

“Since 1955, it has been this hospital’s goal to genuinely care for and serve the residents of our local communities,” said Dr. Joselito Burgos, chief of medical staff at Riverwood. “Receiving this national recognition two years in a row now reaffirms that Riverwood today is being true to its original mission to improve health with high quality, compassionate and personalized care.”

About Riverwood Healthcare Center
Riverwood Healthcare Center is an integrated clinic and hospital facility that operates a 25-bed hospital in Aitkin and three primary care clinics in Aitkin, Garrison and McGregor. The hospital features single-occupancy patient rooms and 24-hour emergency care with intensive/coronary care, urgent care, inpatient and outpatient surgery, rehabilitation services, a wide range of specialty care and more. Designations for the hospital include Level III Trauma Center; Comprehensive Advanced Life Support Hospital; Level I Heart Attack Program; and Accredited Cancer Program. For more information on services and providers, go to www.riverwoodhealthcare.org

About the National Rural Health Association
NRHA is a nonprofit organization working to improve the health and wellbeing of rural Americans and providing leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communications, education and research. NRHA membership is made up of 21,000 diverse individuals and organizations, all of whom share the common bond of an interest in rural health. For more information, visit www.RuralHealthWeb.org

About The Chartis Group
The Chartis Group® (Chartis) provides comprehensive advisory services and analytics to the health care industry. With an unparalleled depth of expertise in strategic planning, performance excellence, informatics and technology, and health analytics, Chartis helps leading academic medical centers, integrated delivery networks, children’s hospitals and health care service organizations achieve transformative results. Learn more at www.Chartisrural.com