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Phelps Memorial Health Center, Holdrege, was recently named one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States by The Chartis Center for Rural Health for the 7th consecutive year.

Compiled by The Chartis Center for Rural Health, this annual recognition program honors outstanding performance among the nation’s rural hospitals based on the results of the Chartis Rural Hospital Performance INDEX™.

"This achievement validates that Team Phelps members are dedicated to the best outcomes for our patients each and every day while maintaining an efficient and effective facility,” said Mark Harrel, Chief Executive Officer, Phelps Memorial Health Center.

“Being recognized for the 7th consecutive year is a testament to the tremendous work and dedication shown by our team,” he said.  “I am very proud of our teammates for doing all the right things for our patients, day after day, to again earn this award.”

The list of this year’s Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals, as well as the 2023 INDEX methodology, can be found at:

Phelps Memorial Health Center is among 11 Nebraska critical access hospitals to make the Top 100 list for 2023. Others are: Boone County Health Center, Albion; Brodstone Memorial Hospital, Superior; CHI Health St. Mary’s, Nebraska City; Community Medical Center, Falls City; Howard County Medical Center, St. Paul; Jefferson Community Health & Life, Fairbury; Jennie M. Melham Medical Center, Broken Bow; Memorial Community Health Systems, Seward; Memorial Hospital, Aurora; and Pender Community Hospital, Pender..

“Across the nation, top 100 rural providers continue to serve as a source of inspiration for hospital leadership teams and staff working diligently every day to improve the delivery of care within their local communities,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader, the Chartis Center for Rural Health. “The list of award winners in each category is as geographically diverse as we’ve seen in some time, which is wonderful to see. We’re thrilled to be able to honor the outstanding efforts of these top performing rural hospitals.”

Now in its 13th year, the INDEX has established itself as the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. Leveraging publicly available data, the INDEX is trusted by rural hospitals, health systems with rural affiliates, hospital associations and state offices of rural health across the country to measure and monitor performance across a variety of areas impacting hospital operations and finance.