UPHS – Bell Recognized by The Chartis Center for Rural Health as a 2019 Top 100 Critical Access Hospital

Feb. 25, 2019 – UP Health System – Bell in Ishpeming, Michigan today announced it has been named one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States by The Chartis Center for Rural Health. Regarded as one of the industry’s most significant designations of performance excellence, the annual Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals award is based upon the results of the Hospital Strength INDEX® from iVantage Health Analytics.

“We are very pleased to be honored as one of the top rural hospitals in the country,” said Mitch Leckelt, CEO of UPHS — Bell. “I would like to thank all of our employees, volunteers and medical staff who have made this possible through their hard work and dedication. It’s because of their tireless commitment to our patients and our community that we were able to be recognized as a premier critical access hospital.”

Hospitals recognized as a Top 100 facility scored in the top 100 among all Critical Access Hospitals nationally. Now in its ninth year, the INDEX leverages 50 rural-relevant indicators across eight pillars of hospital strength (i.e. Inpatient Market Share, Outpatient Market Share, Cost, Charge, Quality, Outcomes, Patient Perspective and Financial Stability) to determine an overall score for each hospital. Each of the INDEX’s 50 indicators is culled from publicly-available data sources.  

“Our team of experts at Bell do an exceptional job delivering quality, safe, and compassionate care,” said Brian Sinotte, Market President for UPHS. “Publicly reported quality and patient satisfaction data continues to showcase Bell as exceeding state and national benchmarks. This designation assures our communities in Western Marquette County that they are receiving excellent care.”

UPHS – Marquette and Portage do not quality for this designation as they are not critical access hospitals.

Top 100 Critical Access Hospital Resources:

The list of this year’s Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals, as well as the 2019 INDEX methodology, can be found at www.ivantageindex.com/top-performing-hospitals.

To learn more about The Chartis Center for Rural Health or to speak with someone regarding the INDEX and the 2019 Top 100, please email Billy Balfour at wbalfour@ivantagehealth.com.

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