WRMC recognized as Top 100 rural and community hospital; only hospital in Arkansas to receive recognition


White River Medical Center (WRMC) recently announced it has been named a 2020 Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital by The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

This annual award honoring rural hospital performance is determined by the results of iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2020, a release from White River Health System (WRHS) said. This is the third year in a row for WRMC to be recognized.

“We are the only hospital in Arkansas to receive this recognition this year, and this is our third consecutive year to be named a Top 100 Rural and Community Hospital,” said Gary Paxson, WRHS CEO and president. “I am very proud of this accomplishment and want to thank all of our employees’ efforts to meet this criteria. This is a great reflection of our mission to provide quality healthcare and improve the health of our communities.”

Based entirely on publicly available data, the INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. Utilizing 50 independent indicators, the INDEX assesses performance across eight pillars of performance that span market-based, value-based and finance-based categories, the release said. Hospitals recognized as a Top 100 facility had one of the 100 highest overall scores among all Rural & Community Hospitals nationally.

“The Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital award program reminds us that rural providers haven’t lost touch with their mission and are committed to delivering better quality, better outcomes and better patient satisfaction. It’s a pleasure to be able to not only recognize this year’s recipients, but our larger group of top 100 alumni as we celebrate 10 years of The Hospital Strength INDEX,” said Michael Topchik, national leader, The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

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