KVH Hospital Receives Top 20 Award Recognition at Annual Critical Access Hospital Conference


KVH Hospital was recognized as one of the Top 20 critical access hospitals in the nation during the recent annual conference of the National Rural Healthcare Association. 

KVH Hospital is one of approximately 1300 critical access hospitals in the nation.  Each of these hospitals was considered for the listing of the Top 20 hospitals. 

Board of Commissioners member Joan Baird Glover, Chief Executive Officer Paul Nurick, and Chief Operating Officer Catherine Bambrick attended the conference to receive the award.  The three were also featured speakers during the conference, sharing Kittitas Valley Healthcare’s recent experience in shifting from a traditional strategic planning approach to a strategy deployment process based on the Lean management philosophy.

Over 50 areas of performance were considered to compile the listing of the Top 20 critical access hospitals. Areas considered cover a broad range of topics including quality of care, health outcomes after hospitalization, patient satisfaction, affordability, market share, and financial stability.

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.