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May 28th, 2022

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Earlier this year, Meade District Hospital was recognized as a 2022 Top 100 Critical Access Hospital.

Compiled by The Chartis Center for Rural Health, this annual recognition program honors outstanding performance among the nation’s rural hospitals based on the results of the Chartis Rural Hospital Performance INDEX.

“Despite unprecedented adversity, rural providers continue to display resiliency and a steadfast commitment to their communities,” Michal Topchik of The Chartis Center said in a press release from Artesian Valley Health System Marketing Director Crystal Torres. “Honoring the Top 100 is one of the high points of our year. We are delighted to recognize the exceptional performance and innovation of this year’s recipients, particularly in light of the extraordinary challenges facing America’s rural health safety net.”

Torres’ release said over the course of the last 12 years, the INDEX has established itself as the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance.

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“Leveraging publicly available data, the INDEX is trusted by rural hospitals, health systems with rural footprints, hospital associations and state offices of rural health across the country to measure and monitor performance across a variety of areas impacting hospital operations and finance,” the release said.

AVHS is a local non-profit organization in Meade and serves the health care needs of the surrounding communities through Meade District Hospital in Meade, Montezuma and Plains Rural Health Clinics and Lone Tree Retirement Center.

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