Becker’s Healthcare has presented the 2019 edition of the “67 critical access hospitals to know” list, highlighting 66 of the nation’s certified critical access hospitals. In addition, Todd Almendinger, Magruder Hospital’s President and CEO was named as one of the top “67 CEOs to know.”
Critical access hospitals have 25 or fewer inpatient beds, and the annual average length of stay is 96 hours or fewer for acute care. These hospitals also offer 24/7 emergency care and are located in remote areas. Currently in the U.S. there are 1,349 critical access hospitals.
Many hospitals featured on this list have been recognized for clinical quality and excellence in care delivery. They have become pillars of their communities, providing access to healthcare for a broad population.
Becker’s Healthcare editors selected the hospitals based on awards and rankings from respected organizations, including iVantage Health Analytics, The Chartis Group, the National Rural Health Association, CareChex, Healthgrades and Medicare star ratings. The team also considered the hospital’s community impact and reputation for innovation.
In 2017, Magruder was named the “Most Wired” by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.