Alomere Health named top rural and community hospital

Alomere Health is the first Minnesota hospital to ever garner this honor in the Top 20 Rural and Community Hospital category.

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ALEXANDRIA — The National Rural Health Association has named Alomere Health as one of the Top 20 Rural and Community Hospitals in the nation.

Alomere Health is the first Minnesota hospital to ever garner this honor in the Top 20 Rural and Community Hospital category. Previously, Alomere Health has been named a Top 100 hospital four of the past six years.

Top performers are recognized as excelling in managing risk, achieving higher quality, securing better outcomes, increasing patient satisfaction, and operating at a lower cost than their peers. These groups serve as a benchmark for other rural facilities as they strive to achieve similar results and provide a blueprint for successfully navigating the uncertainty of the new health care.

“We are humbled to receive this recognition and extremely proud of the commitment of all our staff and physicians to achieving national standards for quality and safety which is instrumental to achieving this designation,” Carl Vaagenes, Alomere Health CEO, said in a press release. "As your community hospital, we will remain steadfast in our cultural drive to continually improve as we plan for the future and look for opportunities to further expand our services as a regional destination for healthcare. All of us at Alomere Health are grateful for the privilege to serve you and we appreciate the trust and confidence that you have placed in us.”

The National Rural Health Association announced the recipients of the Top 20 highest-ranked rural and community hospitals in the nation based on an evaluation by the Chartis Center for Rural Health. The hospitals are identified using the Chartis Rural Hospital Performance INDEX, the most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural PPS hospital performance.


The determining factors for the top 20 rural and community hospitals are based on eight indices: Inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspective, cost, charge, and finance.

Award recipients will be recognized May 18 during NRHA’s Rural Hospital Innovation Summit in San Diego, Calif.

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