RCH Named One of Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the Nation

Becker’s Hospital Review names 15 Kansas Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) to its list of top 100 in 2018, including Rooks County Health Center located at 1210 N. Washington in Plainville. There are 1,343 CAHs in the United States. This is the second consecutive year Rooks County Health Center has made the list.

The top 100 list is compiled by The National Rural Health Association’s Rural Health Policy Institute, iVantage Health Analytics and The Chartis Center for Rural Health. The hospitals to make the top 100 are rated as top performers in managing risk, achieving higher quality, securing better outcomes, increasing patient satisfaction and operating at a lower cost than their peers.

AJ Thomas, CEO of Rooks County Health Center was not surprised by the top 100 national listing, “We have a quality staff in every department, from nursing to business office to dietary. Our mission is always centered on delivering the best possible patient care. This ranking as one of the best Critical Access Hospitals in the nation is just one more indication that we are doing things the right way here”.

CAH is a designation given to eligible rural hospitals with 25 or fewer acute care inpatient beds and is located more than 35 miles from another hospital that provide 24/7 emergency care services among other requirements. Rooks County Health Center was designated a CAH in 1998.


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