Decatur County Hospital Named a 2018 Top 100 Critical Access Hospital

Decatur County Hospital was recently named one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States by The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

“This achievement is very gratifying and validates our daily commitment to providing exceptional care, close to home while maintaining an efficient and effective facility,” said Greg Boattenhamer, DCH CEO.

DCH scored in the top 100 of Critical Access Hospitals on iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX®. The INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural provider performance and its results are the basis for many of rural healthcare’s most prominent awards, advocacy efforts and legislative initiatives. The list of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals can be found at

The Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals play a key role in providing a safety net to communities across America – and the INDEX measures these facilities across eight pillars of hospital strength: Inpatient Share Ranking, Outpatient Share Ranking, Cost, Charge, Quality, Outcomes, Patient Perspective, and Financial Stability.

“Decatur County Hospital’s mission is to provide exceptional care, close to home. Each day, our employees keep this mission top of mind to ensure our patients are getting the best care. It’s no doubt that this designation as one of the top 100 critical access hospitals in the nation is directly related to the quality service our employees provide each day,” said Linda Chastain, DCH Board President.

“The Hospital Strength INDEX provides a true benchmark for helping rural providers to better understand performance levels and identify areas of improvement. When we look across the spectrum of rural-relevant INDEX indicators, the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals are establishing a new standard for how to deliver higher quality care to their communities despite an unpredictable healthcare environment,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader of The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

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