Owatonna Hospital honored as 2021 Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital

Owatonna, Minn. (March 30, 2021) —Owatonna Hospital, part of Allina Health, has been recognized as a 2021 Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital. Compiled by The Chartis Center for Rural Health, this program honors outstanding performance among the nation’s rural hospitals based on the results of the Hospital Strength INDEX®.

"We are incredibly honored to be recognized as a 2021 Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital,” said David Albrecht, president of Owatonna Hospital. “This award validates the dedication and hard work of our team to deliver outstanding care and high value to our patients. Our high ranking demonstrates our physicians, nurses, and staff’s deep commitment to caring for those we serve.”

Owatonna Hospital is one of just three hospitals from Minnesota to rank as Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in 2021. 

“The Top 100 program continues to illuminate strategies and innovation for delivering higher quality care and better outcomes within rural communities,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader, The Chartis Center for Rural Health. “We are delighted to be able to spotlight the efforts of these facilities through the INDEX® framework.”

Over the course of the last 11 years, the INDEX® has grown to become the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. Based entirely on public data and utilizing 36 independent indicators, the INDEX® assesses rural hospitals across eight pillars of performance, including market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspective, cost, charge, and financial efficiency. The INDEX® framework is widely used across the nation by independent rural hospitals, health systems with rural footprints and state offices of rural health, which provide access to INDEX® analytics through grant-funded initiatives.


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