Appleton Area Health Recognized as 2021 Top 100 Critical Access Hospital

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Appleton Area Health has been recognized as a 2021 Top 100 Critical Access Hospital. Compiled by The Chartis Center for Rural Health, this program has honored outstanding performance among the nation’s rural hospitals based on the results of the Hospital Strength INDEX® for the past 11 years.
Chartis Center used the Hospital Strength INDEX , which assesses rural hospitals across eight pillars of performance, including market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspective, cost, charge, and financial efficiency. The INDEX has become the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance and is widely used by hospitals, health systems, and state offices of rural health “Despite the challenges and instability we see each day, 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.

Appleton Area Health is 1 out of 100 to receive highest overall scores among all Critical Access Hospitals across the nation. Lori Andreas, Chief Executive Officer at Appleton Area Health noted, “We are honored to receive recognition as one of the top Critical Access Hospitals in the country. We have an outstanding team who have dedicated themselves to providing the best possible care to our patients and our community each and every day. This achievement is indicative of the hard work that has taken place and the commitment of this team to accept nothing but the best.”

The list of this year’s Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals can be found at: Top Performing Rural and Critical Access Hospitals | CCRH (