Becker’s Hospital Review, an industry print publication, has named Tomah Memorial Hospital one of the top 67 critical access hospitals to know in the country.

It is the fourth consecutive year that TMH has been recognized by the health care print publication. Last year, Tomah Memorial was on the “top 66 critical access hospitals to know” list by Becker’s.

“This is not something that we applied for or asked to be recognized,” said TMH CEO Phil Stuart. “This is something the industry does on its own to recognize hospitals that achieve a very high standard, whether that be clinical, financial or combination of both.”

Becker’s Healthcare editors selected the hospitals based on awards and rankings from respected organizations including iVantage Health Analytics, The Chartis Group, the National Rural Health Association, CareChex, Healthgrades and Medicare star ratings. Editors also considered the hospital’s community impact and reputation for innovation.

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“It’s always humbling when some outside organization recognizes you or your organization for the accomplishments that you have achieved,” said Stuart. “To be listed as one of the top 67 critical access hospitals in the United States to be recognized is a great honor.”

TMH was one of four Wisconsin health care facilities on the ‘top 67’ list. There are 1,400 critical access hospitals in the United States.

Tomah Memorial has been a critical access hospital since 2001. The U.S. 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.

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Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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