STEVENS POINT — Ascension St. Michael’s Hospital was recently named one of the Top 20 Rural Community Hospitals in the country by the National Rural Health Association, Ascension announced today.
NRHA announced the 20 highest-ranked prospective payment system hospitals in the country based on an evaluation by The Chartis Center for Rural Health using iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength Index.
Ascension St. Michael’s is the only hospital in Wisconsin to achieve this recognition and is joined by Ascension St. Joseph Hospital, Tawas City, Michigan, as Ascension facilities recognized by the NRHA as Top Rural Community Hospitals.
The determining factors for the top 20 rural community hospitals were based on eight indices: inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspectives, costs, charge and financial stability.
“Ascension St. Michael’s Hospital is proud of the efforts of its clinicians, associates and volunteers who have contributed to our hospital achieving this designation,” said Crystal Kirschling, chief administrative officer and vice president of patient care services, Ascension St. Michael’s. “Our recognition as a top health care provider means our community can count on us to deliver the services they need now and in the future.”
Leaders from Ascension St. Michael’s will be recognized in an awards ceremony during NRHA’s Rural Hospital Innovation Summit to be held on May 9 in Atlanta.
Photo courtesy Ascension. Pictured is the senior leadership team at Ascension St. Michael’s Hospital: Deb Standridge, North Region president, Ascension Wisconsin, from left; Crystal Kirschling, chief administrative officer and vice president of patient care services, Ascension St. Michael’s Hospital; Dr. Robyn Schertz, vice president of medical affairs, Ascension St. Michael’s Hospital; Cherrie Marti, COO, Ascension St. Michael’s Hospital.