Top 20 Rural Community Hospital

MONTROSE, CO: Montrose Memorial Hospital was recently named one of the Top 20 Rural Community Hospitals in the country by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA). It is also the only Colorado hospital ranked in the Top 20.

The Top 20 Rural Community Hospital winners are those hospitals who have achieved success in overall performance based on a composite rating from eight categories: inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspectives, costs, charges and financial stability. This group was selected from iVantage’s Top 100 Rural Community Hospital list, released earlier this year.

“I want to thank our Board of Directors and our over 700 staff members for the hard work they contributed to Montrose Memorial Hospital receiving this extraordinary honor,” said Steve Hannah, MHA, CEO of Montrose Memorial Hospital. “Our mission is to provide healthcare services to our communities with excellent service, compassion and fiscal responsibility. This achievement demonstrates that we live up to our values and deliver to our Friends & Family the excellent healthcare services they deserve & expect.”

“MMH’s staff and medical community earned this lofty recognition through their determined effort to provide the highest quality of care in a fiscally responsible manner,” said Board Chair Ron Courtney. “What is especially gratifying to me is that this award is based on a 360 degree view of our health system including service, financial strength and quality of care.  It is very hard to excel in all 8 facets they evaluate in ranking hospitals for this award- ranking in the top 20 is a tremendous accomplishment.  I’m happy for Montrose as this recognition is just more evidence of what a great community we get to call home.”

In the data analysis, Montrose Memorial Hospital was compared to approximately 800 other rural community hospitals in the nation. While some states have representation by multiple hospitals, most states aren’t represented at all and only eleven of the fifty U.S. states have any hospital in the list.

The study is based off the Hospital Strength INDEX by iVantage Analytics, designed to objectively compare hospital performances in over 70 individual metrics spanning eight categories. According the NRHA, top hospitals in the study demonstrate “Loyal, satisfied patients,” “Outstanding quality and safety programs,” and other patterns of a strong hospital/healthcare system.

Each of the Top 20 hospitals will be recognized in an awards ceremony during the NRHA’s Rural Health Innovation Hospital Summit in May, taking place in San Diego, California.

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, San Juan Cancer Center 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. The hospital has received patient satisfaction ratings exceeding 90% since 2010.

About the National Rural Health Association

NRHA is a nonprofit organization working to improve the health and wellbeing of rural Americans and providing leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communications, education and research. NRHA membership is made up of 21,000 diverse individuals and organizations, all of whom share the common bond of an interest in rural health. For more information, visit

About iVantage Health Analytics

iVantage Health Analytics (iVantage) is a leading provider of healthcare analytic and performance management analytic tools. Health system and hospital leadership teams across the country rely on the company’s software and services to deliver customized insights on clinical and financial performance, strategic planning, market assessment and payment optimization. iVantage’s analytics are the basis of continuing thought leadership

and insight in the areas of healthcare policy and research. In 2015, iVantage was acquired by The Chartis Group, a national advisory services firm dedicated to the healthcare industry. Learn more at

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