St. Francis named top critical access hospital

ESCANABA — Becker’s Hospital Review, a respected national health care industry publication, has named OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group among its list of 67 Critical Access Hospitals to Know in 2019.

Critical access hospitals (CAHs) are located in rural areas but offer 24/7 emergency care and have 25 or fewer inpatient beds. There are 1,349 CAHs located throughout the United States. OSF St. Francis Hospital is one of 37 CAHs in Michigan and one of 11 in the Upper Peninsula.

“We are proud to be recognized by Becker’s for our quality and excellence in care,” said Dave Lord, president of OSF St. Francis. “I credit all of our dedicated Mission Partners (employees) for their willingness to collaborate and meet the many unique challenges we face as a rural hospital. We continue to serve with the greatest care and love and provide innovative care, despite fewer economies of scale available at larger hospitals.”

Many hospitals featured on this list have been recognized for clinical quality and excellence in care delivery. The Leapfrog Group, iVantage Health Analytics, and Press Ganey are among the list of organizations that have recognized OSF St. Francis Hospital for their quality care. According to the Becker’s announcement, “These hospitals have truly become pillars of their communities, providing access to healthcare for a broad population.”

Becker’s Healthcare editors selected the hospitals based on awards and rankings from respected organizations including iVantage Health Analytics, The Chartis Center for Rural Health, the National Rural Health Association, CareChex, Healthgrades and Medicare star ratings. The team also considered the hospital’s community impact and reputation for innovation.

OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group is a part of OSF HealthCare, a 13-hospital health system, and is a Medicare designated critical access hospital, providing care for more than 45,000 patients and their families in Delta County and surrounding communities. OSF St. Francis employs more than 700 individuals, with more than 100 physicians and advanced practice providers on its medical staff. It offers hospital, physician and home care services. For more information about OSF St. Francis, visit www.osfstfrancis.org.

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