St. James named to Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in nation

May 25, 2016

ST. JAMES, Minn. — Mayo Clinic Health System in St. James has been named a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital in the country for a second consecutive year. The announcement was recognized by the National Rural Health Association at its annual conference.

Mayo Clinic Health System in St. James scored in the top 100 of critical access hospitals on the iVantage Hospital Strength INDEX™. The iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength Index report is a comprehensive rating of U.S. acute care hospitals — and includes the country’s 1,300 critical access hospitals — that measures 62 different performance metrics, including quality, outcomes, patient perspective, affordability, population risk and efficiency. The results recognize that the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals provide a safety net to communities across rural America.

“Our employees work diligently to provide excellent care and service to our patients,” says Mary Klimp, Mayo Clinic Health System in St. James interim administrator. “Receiving this national designation again reaffirms that our efforts bring value to our patients.”

Mayo Clinic Health System — Red Cedar in Menomonie, Wisconsin also ranked in the top 100. Mayo Clinic Health System in Springfield, Minnesota was awarded a 2016 Top 20 Best Practices in Quality designation by the National Rural Health Association. The hospital’s process of care for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, pneumonia and other conditions was indexed across the national performance range for each measure. Springfield’s composite score was within the top 20 across the nation.

Additionally, Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah, Iowa, which has a partnership with Mayo Clinic Health System to provide medical leadership and management services, was named a Top 20 Critical Access Hospital.

“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.”


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.

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