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Published on February 26, 2020

Merrick Medical Center Named to Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals List


Merrick Medical Center has been named as one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States for 2020. The Chartis Center for Rural Health announced the list of its Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) at last week’s National Rural Health Association's Rural Health Policy Institute conference in Washington D.C. There are approximately 1,350 CAHs in the U.S., making Merrick Medical Center among the top 7% of overall performers.

The listings are based on the Hospital Strength Index, which draws from publicly available data to assess rural hospital performance. It uses 50 independent performance indicators relevant to rural hospitals. “In 2019, we were named a Top 20 CAH for Quality, but were not on the 2019 Top 100 list because the criteria for the Top 100 is much broader than Quality scores alone,” explained Paul Clark, President and CEO of Merrick Medical Center. “To be in the Top 100 overall requires an incredible amount of teamwork throughout our medical center,” added Clark.

“It’s so exciting to see our hospital get this type of national recognition,” said Dr. Brian Buhlke, a physician at Merrick Medical Center. “We all want our hospital to be known as a place that provides great medical care and fantastic service and we work really hard to deliver both every day. It’s what our patients deserve,” Dr. Buhlke added.

Bryan Health is a Nebraska governed, non-profit health system that serves patients throughout Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, South Dakota and Missouri. Premiere services include cardiology, neuroscience, orthopedics, vascular, Level II trauma center, emergency departments, intensive care, women’s and children’s health, Level III NICU, imaging, mental health and inpatient rehabilitation.

Bryan’s award-winning network of doctors, hospitals and medical providers offer effective care, introduce leading-edge treatments and serve rural communities through outreach clinics, mobile services and telemedicine care.

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