KVH Hospital Again Named a Top 20 Critical Access Hospital

KVH Hospital has again been named in the Top 20 critical access hospitals in the nation.  The news comes just in time for National Healthcare Week, which will be celebrated May 11 – May 17.

KVH Hospital is one of approximately 1300 critical access hospitals in the nation.  Each of these hospitals was considered for the Top 20 list, released by the National Rural Health Association last week.  

Over 50 areas of performance were used to compile the listing.  Areas considered cover a broad range of topics, including quality of care, health outcomes after hospitalization, patient satisfaction, affordability, market share, and financial stability.  

“Time and again KVH Hospital has proven itself to be a top hospital, not only in Washington State, but nationally,” said Scott Bond, CEO of the Washington State Hospital Association. “They are a fine example of the very best in health care, providing top-notch services to every patient and working to meet the long-term health needs of the entire community.”

Ranking of critical access hospitals is fairly new.  The first lists were released in late 2011, with only the Top 100 named.  A shorter list of the Top 20 critical access hospitals was added for the first time in late 2013.  KVH Hospital has been named on every Top 100 or Top 20 list to date.

“To be consistently named in the top two-percent of critical access hospitals is an honor,” said Paul Nurick, CEO of Kittitas Valley Healthcare.  “I am impressed every day at the dedication of each and every KVH staff member.  Each person works toward providing the best possible patient experience in the safest possible environment.  That dedication is a key contributor to our Top 20 performance.”

Critical access hospitals comprise about twenty-five percent of hospitals in the United States.  They are typically located in rural areas and are limited to 25 acute care beds.