Alomere Health has been named a Top 100 Rural and Community Hospital for the fourth consecutive year.

“We are pleased to once again be named to the Top 100 Rural Hospitals in the nation. Alomere Health is one of only three hospitals in the state to be recognized with this award in 202,” said Carl Vaagenes, Alomere Health CEO. “This recognition, especially during a pandemic, is evidence and a great testament to the teamwork and overall commitment to supporting a culture of accountability and excellence that has been embraced by the staff and physicians who work in our clinics and hospital settings.”

During the hospital board meeting on Friday, March 26, Vaagenes said it truly is a team effort and that it was great work by everyone at the hospital.

“It’s definitely something to celebrate,” he told board members and others who were in attendance at the meeting.

Carl Vaagenes
Carl Vaagenes

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The other two Minnesota hospitals on the list are the Mayo Clinic Health System and the Owatonna Hospital.

This annual award by The Chartis Center for Rural Health is determined by the results of iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX, which is celebrating its 11th anniversary in 2021.

The INDEX measures facilities across eight pillars of hospital strength – inpatient share ranking, outpatient share ranking, cost, charge, quality, outcomes, patient perspective and financial stability. The Hospital Strength INDEX provides a true benchmark for helping rural providers to better understand performance levels and identify areas of improvement, according to Vaagenes.

Hospitals recognized as a Top 100 facility had one of the 100 highest overall scores among all rural and community hospitals nationwide.

The Top 100 Rural and Community Hospital award program is a reminder that rural providers haven’t lost touch with their mission and are committed to delivering better quality, better outcomes and better patient satisfaction, according to The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

The list of this year’s Top 100 Rural and Community Hospitals as well as the INDEX methodology can be found at