KVH Hospital Named in ’50 Critical Access Hospitals to Know’ List for 2016


Kittitas Valley Healthcare has been named in the 2016 listing of ’50 Critical Access Hospitals to Know’ published by Becker’s Hospital Review. This is the second year that Becker’s has published a list of outstanding critical access hospitals in the nation.  KVH Hospital has been named both years.

According to Becker’s Healthcare, several reputable hospital ranking sources were examined to narrow the list of all critical access hospitals down to the top 50.  These sources included Hospital Compare rankings from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the National Rural Health Association, Healthgrades, and iVantage Health Analytics.  They consider a broad range of topics, including quality of care, health outcomes after hospitalization, patient satisfaction, affordability, market share, and financial stability.

“KVH sets the standard for quality among community and rural hospitals,” said Julie Petersen, interim Chief Executive Officer for KVH.  “It takes a very special kind of collaboration on everyone’s part to achieve these results year after year. In my short time at KVH, I’ve already seen the commitment that all of employees and our medical staff have to our community and our patients.”

The full list of ’50 Critical Access Hospitals to Know’ can be viewed on the Becker’s Hospital Review website.

“I am continually impressed by the quality of care provided in our community,” said Liahna Armstrong, President of the KVH Board of Commissioners.  “I speak on behalf of the entire Board of Commissioners when I say that I am grateful to the KVH employees and Kittitas County medical community for their dedication and service.”

Critical access hospitals make up approximately twenty-five percent of hospitals in the United States.  As of April 2016, there were 1,332 critical access hospitals nationwide.  They are generally located more than 35 miles from another hospital and have no more than 25 inpatient beds.  Most are located in rural areas.