Lemhi County Citizen Journalism

Steele Memorial Medical Center in Salmon, ID was recently named one of the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) for OVERALL PERFORMANCE and PATIENT PERSPECTIVE in the country. There are a total of 1,339 Critical Access Hospitals in the nation.


The Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals, including Steele Memorial Medical Center, scored best among critical access hospitals on iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength Index™ for OVERALL PERFORMANCE and PATIENT PERSPECTIVE. The rankings were recently announced by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA). An awards ceremony will be held during NRHA’s Critical Access Hospital Conference in September in Kansas City, Mo.

The Top 20 Critical Access Hospital “winners” are those hospitals who have achieved success in the overall performance based on a composite rating from eight indices of strength: inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspectives, costs, charges and financial stability. This group was selected from iVantage’s Top 100 CAH list, released earlier this year.

Those hospitals that have been recognized as Top 20 Critical Access Hospital “best practice recipients” have achieved success one of two key areas of performance:


Quality index: A rating of hospital performance based on the percentile rank across the five categories of Hospital Compare Process of Care measures.

Patient perspective index: A rating of hospital performance based on the percentile rank on two Hospital Compare HCAHPS measures (“Overall Rating” and “Highly Recommend)”.

“Steele Memorial Medical Center is proud of the efforts of its physicians and staff who have contributed to our hospital achieving this designation,” said Jeanie Gentry, CEO. “Our results as a top OVERALL PERFORMANCE and PATIENT PERSPECTIVE means our community can count on us to deliver the services they need now and in the future.”

SMMC, a critical access hospital and rural health clinic, is nestled in the rocky mountains of Idaho and has the distinction of being one of the most remote medical centers in the lower 48 United States. To read more about us, please visit our website at www.steelemh.org.

About the National Rural Health Association

NRHA is a nonprofit organization working to improve the health and wellbeing of rural Americans and providing leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communications, education and research. NRHA membership is made up of 21,000 diverse individuals and organizations, all of whom share the common bond of an interest in rural health. For more information, visit RuralHealthWeb.org.

About iVantage Health Analytics
iVantage Health Analytics, Inc.™ is a privately held healthcare business intelligence and technology company. The company is a leading provider of information products serving an expansive healthcare industry. iVantage Health Analytics™ integrates diverse information with innovative delivery platforms to ensure customers’ timely, concise, and relevant strategic action. For more information, visit www.iVantageHealth.com.

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