STEVENS POINT — Ascension St. Michael’s Hospital has been named a 2020 Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital for the second consecutive year by The Chartis Center for Rural Health, Ascension announced today.

This annual award honoring rural hospital performance is determined by the results of iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX.

“This recognition is another example of our associates and clinicians commitment to provide the quality of care and experience patients expect in today’s rapidly changing world of healthcare,” said Teri Theiler, chief administrative officer at Ascension St. Michael’s, in a news release.

Ascension St. Michael’s is the only hospital in central and northern Wisconsin to be named a Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital by the Chartis Center for Rural Health along with seven other hospitals from Wisconsin, according to the release. In addition, Ascension Eagle River Hospital, Eagle River and Ascension Calumet Hospital, Chilton were named Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals by The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

Utilizing 50 independent indicators, the INDEX assesses performance across eight pillars of performance that span market-, value- and finance-based categories.