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HCHC Recognized as a 2019 Top 100 Critical Access Hospital

Henry County Health Center | February 20th, 2019

HCHC has been named one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States by The Chartis Center for Rural Health. Regarded as one of the industry’s most significant designations of performance excellence, the annual Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals award is based upon the results of the Hospital Strength INDEX® from iVantage Health Analytics.


“The state of Iowa has 15 Critical Access Hospitals on the Top 100 list, a number higher than any other state. This speaks to the excellence in healthcare across the state of Iowa. Henry County Health Center is honored to be among the other Iowa hospitals named to the Top 100 list,” commented HCHC CEO Robb Gardner. “This award, based on several key indicators, shows HCHC’s commitment to delivering high quality healthcare both efficiently and cost-effectively in our rural communities.”


Hospitals recognized as a Top 100 facility scored in the top 100 among all Critical Access Hospitals nationally. Now in its ninth year, the INDEX leverages 50 rural-relevant indicators across eight pillars of hospital strength (i.e. Inpatient Market Share, Outpatient Market Share, Cost, Charge, Quality, Outcomes, Patient Perspective and Financial Stability) to determine an overall score for each hospital. Each of the INDEX’s 50 indicators is pulled from publicly-available data sources.


“In an era of increased complexity and uncertainty, Top 100 hospitals have established themselves as a bellwether for rural provider performance,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader of The Chartis Center for Rural Health. “Top 100 status is a real indicator of how proactive these hospitals are when it comes to pushing for performance improvement in areas such as quality, outcomes, patient safety, market share and finance.”


The list of this year’s Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals, as well as the 2019 INDEX methodology, can be found at