For the first time in history, the National Rural Health Association named Jamestown Regional Medical Center one of the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals in the country.

NRHA determines Top 20 CAHs based on the results of the Hospital Strength Index and its eight indices of performance: inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspectives, cost, charge, and financial stability. This elite group of hospitals was selected from The Chartis Center for Rural Health’s 2020 Top 100 CAH list, which was released in February.


JRMC has received the Top 100 designation every year since 2014.

“There’s a reason we’re a Top 20 Critical Access Hospital in the country, and that reason is our team of #DifferenceMakers,” said JRMC President & CEO Mike Delfs. “Now, more than ever, they are demonstrating how they are THE difference in the lives of those we serve.”

This award is an honor to receive, especially for independent hospitals like JRMC.

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.

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.”

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