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Stuart Among 71 CEOs to Know

TMH CEO Phil Stuart

Tomah Memorial Hospital CEO Phil Stuart is among 71 critical access hospital CEOs to know in the U.S.

Becker’s Hospital Review has published its 2018 ‘71 CEOs to know’ list, which included Stuart and seven other Wisconsin hospital leaders.

It is the third time Stuart has been recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review, an industry leading print publication. Stuart was listed on Becker’s ‘50 rural hospital CEOs to know’ list in 2015 and in 2014.

A release from Becker’s said the men and women included on the ’71 to know’ list lead organizations regularly recognized for patient safety and quality. Officials said several of the nominees have overseen hospital expansions, mergers and EHR implementations as well as the construction of satellite clinics and strategic partnerships with local healthcare organizations. “These individuals hold an important role within their community, serving on corporate boards and state-level initiatives to improve access to care,” the release added.

Becker's compiled the list through nominations and editorial research. Officials said individuals do not pay and cannot pay for inclusion on this list.

Earlier this year, Becker’s named Tomah Memorial among the top 66 critical access hospitals to know in the country.

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.