Cedar City Hospital and Sevier Valley Hospital have been named to The Chartis Center for Rural Health’s Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals list, and Sanpete Valley Hospital has been named to the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals list.

This is the 10th year that The Chartis Center has analyzed hundreds of rural hospitals across eight pillars of performance. The 100 hospitals with the highest overall scores are included in the annual publications. Honorees excel in managing risk, achieving higher quality, securing better outcomes, increasing patient satisfaction, and operating at a lower cost than their peers. They serve as a benchmark for other rural facilities as they strive to achieve similar results and provide a blueprint for successfully navigating healthcare’s uncertain landscape.

“We are all very proud of the great care provided at these hospitals,” said Joe Mott, COO, Specialty-Based Care. “To be recognized with these awards is a wonderful validation of the efforts of all the caregivers in these facilities, as well as the many teams and caregivers from across the system that provide support to all our hospitals.”

Leading rural hospital performance and stability

Since 2010, 120 rural and CAH hospitals have closed around the country, and recent analysis found that 25 percent of all rural hospitals are vulnerable to closure. Despite these national trends, no rural hospitals in Utah have been shuttered. This stability is partially attributed to the strength of Intermountain’s local facilities and the system’s dedication to telehealth and rural charity care contributions.

Nine Intermountain hospitals and 23 medical clinics operate in rural communities, providing excellent primary and urgent care to patients close to home. Connect Care Pro provides local caregivers with access to more than 40 clinical services to safely care for patients and reduce unnecessary transfers. In 2018 Intermountain provided $17.6 million in charity care to 23,620 non-urban patients.

“I was recently holding a Step Back Review at Sanpete Valley Hospital with administrator Aaron Wood,” Mott said. “Aaron commented that at other rural hospitals the daily focus is on survival. But because of the incredible power and support of One Intermountain, our rural facilities can actually focus on getting better every day.”