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Two Local CHI Facilities Named HealthStrong™ Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals


Dickinson & Williston: Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national nonprofit health care system headquartered in Denver, is proud to announce two of their sister facilities in western North Dakota were recently named among the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in the United States; they include St. Joseph’s Hospital and Health Center in Dickinson, North Dakota, and Mercy Medical Center, Williston, North Dakota.

Both Mercy Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Hospital and Health Center are 25-bed, Critical Access Hospitals with a Level IV Trauma Center accredited by The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). In August and September 2012, St. Joseph’s and Mercy respectively, met rigorous quality certification standards to once again receive The Joint Commission’s National Quality Approval Award. This certification is valid for up to 36 months.

“In the face of much growth and change in our region, St. Joseph’s Hospital’s quality has continued to increase. St. Joseph’s has always provided excellent quality care, so it’s a gratifying moment for our staff to be recognized nationally with this designation,” said Reed Reyman, President of St. Joseph’s Hospital and Health Center. Matt Grimshaw, President of Mercy Medical Center also commented, “As the landscape of our region has rapidly grown and changed, so has the breadth and quality of services delivered at Mercy Medical Center. Receiving this award is a true testament to the level of exceptional care and dedication our staff deliver on a daily basis, and we are honored to be recognized as one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the nation.”

The HealthStrong™ Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals, including St. Joseph’s Hospital and Health Center of Dickinson, and Mercy Medical Center of Williston, scored best among critical access hospitals on the iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength Index™. The 2013 Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals that provide a high quality “safety-net” to communities throughout rural America – measuring them against 56 different performance metrics, including quality, outcomes, patient perspective, affordability and efficiency.

“Rural hospitals play a critical role in providing needed care to communities across America, yet the challenges are completely different while being as complex as urban hospitals. The need for enhanced performance and a framework for success are equally important as hospitals prepare for the impacy of health reform,” said John Morrow, EVP of iVantage Health Analytics.

Parent company, Catholic Health Initiatives is the third-largest faith-based health care system in the nation. Catholic Health Initiatives operates in 18 states and includes 80 hospitals; 40 long-term care, assisted and residential-living facilities; two community health-services organizations and home health agencies.

To see the full listing of Top 100 CAHs, go to Becker’s Hospital Review and view the article, “Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals Named by iVantage,” at


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