(5/23/14) Black River Memorial Hospital (BRMH) has been named to a top 100 list of rural hospitals in the nation.
A Critical Access Hospital (CAH) is a hospital certified under terms set by Medicare. Some of the requirements for critical access hospitals include having no more than 25 inpatient beds; offering 24-hour, 7-day-a-week emergency care; and being located in a rural area, at least 35 miles away from another hospital or sole provider in a region. Nearly all 1,300 critical access hospitals nationwide are in rural areas.
This index measures these hospitals across 66 different performance metrics, including quality, outcomes, patient perspective, affordability and efficiency. The top 100 list is compiled in an unbiased, independent manner by iVantage Health Analytics in Maine.
Mary Beth White-Jacobs, CEO of BRMH, said, "It is our mission to provide services to our patients and community at a level of excellence. I am proud to be a part of a team of professionals who have been recognized for that level of care."