For the seventh year in a row, Jamestown Regional Medical Center is a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital in the country, said President & CEO Mike Delfs.

 iVantage Health Analytics and The Chartis Center for Rural Health named JRMC one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the country every year since 2014. iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX® uses publicly available quality data to determine the results of the annual award. The INDEX assesses performance across eight pillars of performance that span market-, value- and finance-based categories. Hospitals recognized as a Top 100 facility had one of the 100 highest overall scores among all Critical Access Hospitals nationally.


“This achievement is an honor,” Delfs said. “It’s also a validation of the work we do. JRMC received this award and many others because the board and employees exceed expectations and are THE difference in the lives of those we serve.”

In addition to receiving the iVantage Top 100 award, Modern Healthcare named JRMC a Best Place to Work in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Prairie Business Magazine also named JRMC a Best Place to Work in 2018 and 2019.

“The Top 100 Critical Access Hospital award program reminds us that rural providers haven’t lost touch with their mission and are committed to delivering better quality, better outcomes and better patient satisfaction,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader of the Chartis Center for Rural Health.

Across the United States, more than 1,300 hospitals qualify as a Critical Access Hospital (CHA), a designation Congress created in 1997 to improve healthcare access in rural areas. JRMC has maintained its critical access designation since 2009. Of the 100 hospitals that received the award this year, only JRMC and 18 others have received it for seven consecutive years or more, said Billy Balfour of The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

JRMC works to exceed industry standards, and one example of that is exceptional patient care, Delfs said.

“Not every rural hospital can offer specialty care like urology, orthopedics, podiatry, ear, nose & throat advanced wound care, and now cancer care, however, we do. We are committed to continuing to offer legendary care to this community.”