Ascension St. Joseph Hospital Named a Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital for Sixth Consecutive Year

TAWAS, MI - Ascension St. Joseph Hospital was named one of the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the United States by The Chartis Center for Rural Health. This award honoring rural hospital performance is determined by the results of iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX®. Ascension St. Joseph has been named to this list for six consecutive years, since 2016. They are one of nine Michigan hospitals on the 2021 list.

“This recognition is evidence of our team’s ongoing commitment to provide the highest quality healthcare possible to our community,” said Shane Hunt, Hospital Administrator, Ascension St. Joseph. “We are very proud to be named a Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital for the sixth time, recognized for the many achievements we have made around patients' perceptions of care and satisfaction. It is so rewarding to be acknowledged for the safe, quality care we are committed to provide to our community.”

“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.