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Northern Light Blue Hill Hospital Recognized as Top 100 Critical Access Hospital

Date: 02/18/2019

Northern Light Blue Hill Hospital announces 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 extremely proud to be named one of two top critical access hospitals in Maine,” shares Mike Murnik, MD, vice president and senior physician executive, Northern Light Blue Hill Hospital. “Approximately a quarter of our nation’s people get their care through Critical Access Hospitals, which typically serve rural territories. Maine is considered the most rural state in the nation (based on how far people live from services). We are proud to serve this crucial role to provide access to high-quality care in our beautiful state.”

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 Chare, 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.”

Approximately a quarter of our nation’s people get their care through Critical Access Hospitals, which typically serve rural territories. Maine is considered the most rural state in the nation. We are proud to serve this crucial role to provide access to high-quality care in our beautiful state.

— Mike Murnik, MD