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Howard Memorial Hospital Named Among Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals

Awards & Recognition


Date: October 5 , 2011

Contact: Kristen Meadows
Marketing Specialist

Willits, CA- On September 28, 2011 Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital (HMH) was named as one of only four Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in California to be among the Top 100 CAHs in the nation, according to the National Rural Health Association (NRHA). The NRHA reviewed patient satisfaction, safety, quality, financial viability, and more, and HMH scored well against more than 1,300 other CAHs in this first ever national review.

"This is great news. NRHA's review is the most comprehensive on the market, and HMH scored in the top eight percent. I couldn't be more proud," said HMH CEO Rick Bockmann.

The CAH designation is only given to non-profit hospitals that participate in the Medicare program and have no more than 25 patient beds. CAHs must be located in a rural area and be separated from surrounding hospitals by 35 miles (or by 15 miles if the terrain is mountainous or makes the hospital difficult to reach).

"Critical Access Hospitals face unique challenges because of their size and location, and for us to be recognized as one of only four hospitals in the state to make the Top 100 list is a real honor," said HMH CFO Carlton Jacobson.

The NRHA is a nonprofit organization that works to improve the health and well-being of rural Americans. It provides leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communications, education and research. For the Top 100 rating, the NRHA used more than 50 criteria to judge hospitals on three types of strength: market, value and financial. Market strength includes competitive strength and growth factors. Value strength includes quality, patient satisfaction, and reasonable pricing. Financial strength includes income statements and balance sheets that indicate long-term viability.