Menomonie named to Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in nation

May 27, 2016

MENOMONIE, Wis. — Mayo Clinic Health System – Red Cedar in Menomonie has been named one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the country by the National Rural Health Association at its annual conference in Kansas City.

The recognition is the fifth consecutive year Mayo Clinic Health System – Red Cedar in Menomonie has been named among the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals. Comprehensive ratings included 62 different performance metrics, including quality, outcomes, patient perspective, affordability, population risk and efficiency. The results recognize that these hospitals provide a safety net to communities across rural America. The Top 100 list and more information about the study can be found at

“While we are honored to have this distinction, the true value lies in the care that we have been able to provide to our patients,” says Hank Simpson, M.D., vice chief medical officer of Mayo Clinic Health System’s northwest Wisconsin region and family practice physician. “Our employees strive to provide excellent care and service every day.”

Also included in the Top 100 list was Mayo Clinic Health System in St. James, Minnesota.

The Top 20 Critical Access Hospital list included Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah, Iowa, which offers physician services provided by Mayo Clinic Health System.

The Top 20 Best Practices in Quality list included Mayo Clinic Health System in Springfield, Minnesota. “Rural health care deserves the same performance analysis as all provider performance,” says Michael Topchik, senior vice president of iVantage Health Analytics. “It plays a vital role for communities across America, serving nearly 80 million people. The services provided in rural America are similar to those needed in any major metropolitan area, yet the volumes and economic resources provide little economies of scale, making for little benefit from scale. These Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals exhibit a focused concern for their community benefits and needs, regardless of scale, reimbursement and people’s ability to pay.”

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Mayo Clinic Health System consists of clinics, hospitals and other facilities that serve the health care needs of people in more than 60 communities in Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The community-based providers, paired with the resources and expertise of Mayo Clinic, enable patients in the region to receive the highest-quality health care close to home.

iVantage Health Analytics is a privately held health care business intelligence and technology company. The company is a leading provider of information products serving an expansive health care industry. iVantage Health Analytics integrates diverse information with innovative delivery platforms to ensure customers’ timely, concise and relevant strategic action.

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