Becker’s Hospital Review, an industry leading print publication, has named Tomah Memorial Hospital as one of 62 critical access hospitals to know in the U.S.
It is the second consecutive year that TMH has been recognized by the health care print publication.
Last year, Tomah Memorial was on the ‘top 50 critical access hospitals to know’ list by Becker’s.
“Of the 1,500 critical access hospitals across the United States; to be recognized as one of the top ones, once again, is very humbling for us and something that our staff should be very proud of for the work they do,” said TMH CEO Phil Stuart. “It’s a great thing for us to be able to hold our heads high about this.”
In a printed release, the Chicago based health care publication said to develop the latest list, the Becker's Healthcare editorial team examined the rakings and awards from organizations such as iVantage Health Analytics, Healthgrades, the National Rural Health Association, Truven Health Analytics, Women's Choice Award and Leapfrog Group. The team also considered the hospital's community impact and reputation for innovation.
“This is not something that we applied for or asked to be recognized, added Stuart. “This is something the industry does on its own to recognize hospitals that achieve a very high standard, whether that be clinical, financial or combination of both.”
Over the past few years, Tomah Memorial has been singled out for a number of health care awards, which Stuart said is no longer surprising news.
“I have a lot of pride in our organization and I think it validates the work we do every day,” said Stuart.
Tomah Memorial has been a critical access hospital since 2001. Congress developed the designation as part of the 1997 Balanced Budget Act in response to a string of hospital closures in the 1980s and early 1990s designed to reduce the financial vulnerability of rural hospitals and improve access to health care by keeping essential services in rural communities.