Montrose Memorial Hospital Only Six-Time Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital Awardee in Colorado

Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital

MONTROSE, CO: Montrose Memorial Hospital (MMH) today announced it has been named one of the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the United States by The Chartis Center for Rural Health for the sixth year in a row. It is the only hospital in Colorado with this recognition for six consecutive years.

“On behalf of the MMHI Board of Directors, we are incredibly proud of our employees and providers,” said MMHI Board Chair, Dr. Kjersten Davis. “To strive and win this award in a year with great challenges demonstrates our hospital puts our Friends & Family first to ensure our community receives the best care available. The honor of being Colorado’s only six-time recipient of this award confirms to our community that their local hospital is among the very best in Colorado!”

“The Top 100 program continues to illuminate strategies and innovation for delivering higher quality care and better outcomes within rural communities,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader, The Chartis Center for Rural Health. “We are delighted to be able to spotlight the efforts of these facilities through the INDEX framework.”

Over the course of the last 11 years, the INDEX has grown to become the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. Based entirely on public data and utilizing 36 independent indicators, the INDEX assesses rural hospitals across eight pillars of performance, including market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspective, cost, charge, and financial efficiency. The INDEX framework is widely used across the nation by independent rural hospitals, health systems with rural footprints and state offices of rural health, which provide access to INDEX analytics through grant-funded initiatives.

Only five Colorado hospitals made the 2021 Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital list, with Montrose Memorial Hospital the only awardee within 100 miles in any direction.

About Montrose Memorial Hospital (

Montrose Memorial Hospital is a 501(c)3 nonprofit healthcare system serving Montrose, San Miguel, Ouray, Gunnison, Delta, Hinsdale and San Juan counties. The health system offers a 75-bed hospital and an extensive range of inpatient & outpatient health care services, including cardiology, oncology, minimally invasive surgery, laboratory, medical imaging/radiology, Mountain View Therapy, Level III Trauma Center, Acute Rehabilitation Unit and the family birthing center. The health system partners with regional providers on joint ventures to meet local healthcare needs, including CareFlight air ambulance service and Black Canyon Surgical Center. Montrose Memorial is the second-largest employer in Montrose County, with more than 700 employees and 100 physicians who represent 23 medical specialties.