New Ulm Medical Center one of two Allina Health facilities named to Top Critical Access Hospitals list by National Rural Health Association

NEW ULM, Minn. 7/5/2017 — Two Allina Health hospitals were recently recognized by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA): New Ulm Medical Center was named a Top 20 Critical Access Hospital (CAH) and River Falls Area Hospital was awarded a Best Practice Designation for Quality.

The rankings were determined by iVantage Health Analytics and were based on key performance and outcomes measures. 

"This award is significant because it validates the strategy and hard work of our team to deliver high value by focusing on the Triple Aim has been successful. iVantage uses a comprehensive review of nearly every rural hospital in the nation using data that’s already collected by government," said New Ulm Medical Center President Toby Freier. "These are objective measures that are utilized across the industry to determine value and they are accepted measures in terms of quality, care outcomes and patient experience. Given New Ulm Medical Center has been named to this list multiple years, it demonstrates the deep commitment our physicians and staff have to continuously improving health care for our communities."

The determining factors for the Top 20 CAHs were based on eight indices of strength including quality, care outcomes, patient perspectives, costs, charges, financial stability, inpatient market share, and outpatient market share. This elite group was selected from iVantage's Top 100 CAH list, which was released earlier this year.

River Falls Area Hospital was recognized as one of twenty facilities awarded a "best practice" designation in the Quality index, a rating of hospital performance in the following categories: Acute Myocardial Infarction, Heart Failure, Pneumonia, Congestive Heart Failure, Surgical Care Improvement Program and Outpatient measures. The ratings are measured against all other critical care access hospitals in the nation.  

"This shows that we’ve been very focused on providing exceptional care," said River Falls Area Hospital President David R. Miller. "The recognition reflects the hard work of staff and physicians and strategies that were put in place with a lot of thought and consistent, high-level results."

About Allina Health

Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 11 hospitals, 15 retail pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services, home care, and emergency medical transportation services.