BATESVILLE — White River Medical Center (WRMC) recently announced their recognition as a 2021 Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital for the fourth consecutive year.

Compiled by The Chartis Center for Rural Health, this 11th annual recognition program honors outstanding performance among the nation’s rural hospitals based on the results of the Hospital Strength INDEX®.

“We are one of only two hospital in Arkansas to receive this recognition this year, and this is our fourth consecutive year to be named a Top 100 Rural and Community Hospital,” said Gary Paxson, CEO and President of White River Health System. “I am very proud of this accomplishment and want to thank all of our employees’ efforts to meet this criteria. This is a great reflection of our mission to provide quality healthcare and improve the health of our communities.”

“The Top 100 program continues to illuminate strategies and innovation for delivering higher quality care and better outcomes within rural communities,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader, The Chartis Center for Rural Health. “We are delighted to be able to spotlight the efforts of these facilities through the INDEX framework.”

Over the course of the last 11 years, the INDEX has grown to become the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. Based entirely on public data and utilizing 36 independent indicators, the INDEX assesses rural hospitals across eight pillars of performance, including market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspective, cost, charge, and financial efficiency. The INDEX framework is widely used across the nation by independent rural hospitals, health systems with rural footprints and state offices of rural health, which provide access to INDEX analytics through grant-funded initiatives.

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