Door County Medical Center today announced it has been recognized as a 2022 Top 100 Critical Access Hospital. Compiled by The Chartis Center for Rural Health, this annual recognition program honors outstanding performance among the nation’s rural hospitals based on the results of the Chartis Rural Hospital Performance INDEX™.
Brian Stephens, DCMC’s CEO reflected on the designation: “I am so proud that Door County Medical Center is being recognized for a second straight year as a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital, because I know that our employees deserve this recognition! Our staff is so talented and dedicated and they work tirelessly to provide high-quality care in a compassionate, supportive environment. They certainly belong on this list of great medical centers with great caregivers.”
“Despite unprecedented adversity rural providers continue to display resiliency and a steadfast commitment to their communities,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader, The Chartis Center for Rural Health. “Honoring the Top 100 is one of the highpoints of our year. We are delighted to recognize the exceptional performance and innovation of this year’s recipients, particularly in light of the extraordinary challenges facing America’s rural health safety net.”
Over the course of the last 12 years, the INDEX has established itself as the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. Leveraging publicly available data, the INDEX is trusted by rural hospitals, health systems with rural footprints, hospital associations and state offices of rural health across the country to measure and monitor performance across a variety of areas impacting hospital operations and finance.
Stephens brings it back to a more local level, stating: “This award recognizes the top hospitals located in small communities and rural areas throughout the country, so it is notable that 8 of the top 100 Critical Access Hospitals are located in Wisconsin, and 5 of those 8 are located in Northeast Wisconsin. So for those of us who live in smaller communities, it is a blessing to have such top clinicians and incredible healthcare facilities so close to home, so that access to quality care doesn't require the burden of travel.”