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St. Paul cracks top critical access hospitals list

Becker’s Hospital Review, a national health care industry publication, has named OSF HealthCare St. Paul Medical Center in Mendota among its list of 67 Critical Access Hospitals to Know in 2019.

Critical access hospitals are in rural areas but offer 24/7 emergency care and have 25 or fewer inpatient beds. There are 1,349 critical access hospitals throughout the United States.

“It is a true tribute to the dedication, compassion and love each mission partner gives every day to our patients, visitors and to each other,” said Dawn Trompeter, president of OSF St. Paul, in a press statement. “It takes each and every person on our team working together to reach the successes we have seen at OSF St. Paul Medical Center.”

Many hospitals featured on this list have been recognized for clinical quality and excellence in care delivery. Several also earned the Hospital & Health Networks HealthCare’s Most Wired award. According to the Becker’s announcement, “These hospitals have truly become pillars of their communities, providing access to healthcare for a broad population.”

Becker’s Healthcare editors selected the hospitals based on awards and rankings from organizations including iVantage Health Analytics, the Chartis Center for Rural Health, the National Rural Health Association, CareChex, Healthgrades and Medicare star ratings. The team also considered the hospital’s community impact and reputation for innovation.

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