Sabetha Community Hospital recognized as a 2019 Top 100 critical access hospital

Submitted by Debby Thompson

Sabetha Community Hospital 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.

“Sabetha Community Hospital is very pleased to receive this prestigious award,” said Lora Key, CEO. “Thank you to the physicians, staff, and administration, along with the Board of Directors, who work extremely hard to make the Sabetha healthcare system one that patients can trust.”

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.

“In an era of increased complexity and uncertainty, Top 100 hospitals have established themselves as a bellwether for rural provider performance,” said Michael Topchik, national leader of The Chartis Center for Rural Health. “Top 100 status is a real indicator of how proactive these hospitals are when it comes to pushing for performance improvement in areas such as quality, outcomes, patient safety, market share and finance.”

The list of this year’s Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals, as well as the 2019 Index methodology, can be found at

For more information on Sabetha Community Hospital, Sabetha Family Practice and Nemaha County Home Health and Hospice, visit the hospital’s website at or its Facebook page.


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