Four in a Row: Cass Health Named a Top 20 Critical Access Hospital

April 8, 2024

Atlantic, IA—For the fourth year in a row, the National Rural Health Association named Cass Health one of the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals in the country.

“There are 1,361 critical access hospital in America, this places Cass Health in the top 99.7% in the U.S. We can proudly say that we are one of only a handful of hospitals to earn this distinction repeatedly. What gets us to this point each year is data —for quality, outcomes, market share, patient satisfaction, cost, and financial stability. But it’s really the story behind the data that we’re proud of because it’s made possible by our team living our mission of providing superior experiences to everyone that we are privileged to serve, and we are grateful for each one of them,” said Cass Health CEO Brett Altman.

The National Rural Health Association names the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals from a larger set of Top 100 winners, which is evaluated and produced by The Chartis Center for Rural Health. Recipients are evaluated and identified through the Chartis Rural Hospital Performance INDEX® that utilizes publicly available data to provide a comprehensive comparison of all rural and Critical Access Hospitals. By assessing performance across 36 individual indicators and eight pillars of performance, the INDEX is the foundation for many of rural health care’s most prominent awards and is used by organizations such as the National Rural Health Association in support of its advocacy and legislative initiatives.

An awards ceremony will be held during the National Rural Hospital Association’s Critical Access Hospital Conference this fall.