Ashe Memorial named among nation’s ‘Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals’

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JEFFERSON-Ashe Memorial Hospital was one of just three North Carolina medical centers to earn a top national award.

Ashe Memorial Hospital was named as one of iVantage Health Analytics’ Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in the United States.

“Ashe Memorial Hospital is proud of the efforts of our physicians and staff who have contributed to our achieving this designation,” AMH CEO Laura Lambeth said. “This is an annual award and the second year in a row that Ashe Memorial Hospital has been included in this prestigious recognition. There were only 3 hospitals from North Carolina that were chosen for this award. It’s a privilege to work with such an outstanding group of individuals at Ashe Memorial Hospital.”

Ashe Memorial Hospital scored in the top 100 of Critical Access Hospitals on iVantage’s Hospital Strength INDEX. The results recognize the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals provide a safety net to communities across rural America – measuring them across more than 70 different performance metrics, including quality, outcomes, patient perspective, affordability, population risk and efficiency.

“Rural healthcare deserves the same performance analysis as all provider performance,” Michael Topchik, senior vice president of iVantage Health Analytics said in a release. “It plays a vital role for communities across America, serving more than 60 million people. The services provided in rural America are similar to those needed in any major metropolitan area, yet the volumes and economic resources provide little economies of scale, making for little benefit from scale. These top 100 Critical Access Hospitals exhibit a focused concern for their community benefits and needs, regardless of scale, reimbursement and people’s ability to pay.”

For nearly 75 years, Ashe Memorial Hospital has provided the highest quality medical care available to the people of Ashe County, North Carolina, and surrounding areas. Our board-certified physicians, nurses and staff are members of the High Country community and work diligently to keep our community as healthy as possible.

While the hospital has grown from a small medical facility over the years to a hospital that offers a wide variety of emergency, specialty, elective and preventative health services, the focus has remained the same – to provide remarkable care to the residents of Ashe and surrounding counties.

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