Sioux Center Community Hospital & Health Center Avera was recently named one of the HealthStrong™ Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in the United States.

“We are delighted to receive the Top 100 designation for the second straight year,” said Kayleen Lee, CEO.  “Rural hospitals play a critical role in caring for communities, and I’m proud of the hard work our physicians and staff put in every day to ensure the best care for every patient.”

Sioux Center Community Hospital & Health Center Avera scored among the best critical access hospitals on the iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength Index™.  The 2013 Top 100 CAH announcement is the second release of this important designation. The Hospital Strength Index is first-ever comprehensive rating of CAHs and the results recognize the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals that provide a “safety- net “to communities across rural America – measuring them across 56 different performance metrics, including quality, outcomes, patient perspective, affordability and efficiency.

As of December 2012, there were 1,331 certified Critical Access Hospitals located throughout the United States. To be considered 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.