North Country Hospital Named One of the Top
Critical Access Hospitals in the Country

North Country Hospital was recently named one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States by iVantage Health Analytics and The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

This achievement is very gratifying and validates our daily commitment to providing the best care possible to our patients, while maintaining an efficient and effective healthcare organization,” said Claudio Fort, President and CEO. “Over the last couple of years we have invested more in technology, developed stronger partnerships with local health and social service providers, and recruited new physicians and other highly trained clinicians to ensure that our community has access to critical health services.”

North Country Hospital scored in the top 100 of Critical Access Hospitals on iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX®. The INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive rating of rural providers. It provides the data foundation for the annual Rural Relevance Study and its results are the basis for many of rural healthcare’s most prominent awards, advocacy efforts and legislative initiatives. The list of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals and more information about the study can be found at

The Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals play a key role in providing a safety net to communities across America – and the INDEX measures them across eight pillars of hospital strength: Inpatient Share Ranking, Outpatient Share Ranking, Cost, Charge, Quality, Outcomes, Patient Perspectives, and Financial Stability.

“It’s more important than ever that rural hospitals proactively understand and address performance in the areas of cost, quality, outcomes and patient perspective. iVantage’s INDEX was designed to serve as this industry model,” said Michael Topchik, national leader of the Chartis Center for Rural Health. “Across the spectrum of performance indicators, there are rural providers that are writing the blueprint for success as they transition to value-based healthcare. Our analysis shows that this group of top performers exhibits a focused concern for their community needs.”

North Country Hospital Board of Trustees Chair, Kathy Austin, added, “Despite the uncertainty in today’s healthcare world, and because we care so much about this community, we continue to push forward with a commitment to advance the mission of North Country Hospital. I am proud to be a part of this organization, and honored that our hospital has achieved this accolade.”

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