Barnesville Hospital in Barnesville, Ohio was recently named one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in the country.

The announcement was made during the National Rural Health Associations (NRHA) 10th annual Critical Access Hospital Conference which attracted 650 rural hospital leaders to Kansas City, Mo.

The Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals, including Barnesville Hospital, scored best among critical access hospitals on the iVantage Health Analytics Hospital Strength Index. In this first-ever comprehensive rating of CAHs, the results recognize the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals that are the safety net to communities across America measuring them across 56 different performance metrics, including quality, outcomes, patient perspective, affordability and efficiency. More information can be found at www.HospitalStrengthIndex.com.

Barnesville Hospital is proud of the efforts of its physicians and staff who have contributed to our hospital achieving this designation, said Richard Doan, Barnesville Hospital Chief Executive Officer.

Rural hospitals play such a critical role in providing needed care to communities across America, yet the challenges are completely different while being as complex as urban hospitals. The need for benchmarks and a framework for success are equally important as hospitals brace for the impact of health reform, said John Morrow, EVP of iVantage Health Analytics.

Barnesville Hospital is a charitable, not-for-profit organization, which is dedicated to improving the communitys health. Barnesville Hospital is Medicare certified and has been fully accredited by the Joint Commission, whose accreditation is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality. For more information, go to www.BarnesvilleHospital.com.

About iVantage Health Analytics

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