KVH Hospital named in Top 20 critical access hospitals nationwide


Earlier this year, KVH Hospital learned that it was included in a listing of the top 100 critical access hospitals in the nation (see press release).  In November, the National Rural Health Association named the top 20 hospitals from this list, which included KVH Hospital.

The top 100 critical access hospital list has only been released twice, in 2011 and 2013.  KVH Hospital has been included both times, a distinction shared with only 60 hospitals. Each of the approximately 1300 critical access hospitals in the United States was considered for the rankings.  

The results of performance in over 50 areas contribute to the rankings, which are compiled by iVantage Health Analytics.  Areas considered cover a broad range of topics, including quality of care, health outcomes after hospitalization, patient satisfaction, affordability, market share, and financial stability.

"Kittitas Valley Healthcare is a wonderful example of the role that a hospital can play in a community," said Scott Bond, CEO of the Washington State Hospital Association. "Not only do they provide top-notch services to every patient in the hospital, they work to meet the needs of the entire community in the long-term. They have a strong commitment to their mission, and I'm pleased they are being recognized for the work they do."

Very few hospitals in the Pacific Northwest were selected for the most recent top 100 critical access hospitals list – only two in Washington, one in Oregon, one in Idaho, and two in California. “It is an honor to be included in this listing of the leading hospitals across the nation – and to be included in the Top 20 is truly outstanding,” said Paul Nurick, CEO of Kittitas Valley Healthcare. “It is the combined efforts of the caregivers, support staff, and leadership at KVH that allow us to provide exceptional care to our patients.”

Critical access hospitals make up approximately twenty-five percent of hospitals in the United States; there are 39 critical access hospitals in Washington State.  They are, by definition, at least 35 miles from another hospital and have no more than 25 acute care beds at any given time.  Most are located in rural areas.