(October 6, 2011) Sioux Center Community Hospital & Health Center Avera was named one of the top-100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States. This was according to the National Rural Health Association.

The award uses measures such as the Hospital Strength Index and advises hospital on their performance.

The Hospital Strength Index uses factors such as market strength, value-based strength and financial strength. To be a critical access hospital, it must be located in a rural area and have 25 beds or less.

Critical access hospitals receive cost-based reimbursement from Medicare. According to the Hospital Strength Index, a strong hospital has satisfied patients, a dominant market share with growing demand and a strong balance sheet with surplus capital and other criteria.

In addition, the hospital has won other excellence awards including the Collaboration on Quality Award from Wellmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Iowa.

Sioux Center Community Hospital & Health Center Avera is a non-profit, community hospital which was established in 1946 by a group of local leaders who envisioned a health ministry to serve the health needs of the community. It is governed by forty-five community members who volunteer to serve on the Board of Directors.  For more information about Sioux Center Community Hospital & Health Center Avera, please visit our website at