Top National Honors for Memorial Health Care Systems

Top National Honors for Memorial Health Care Systems

Becker's Hospital Review has published a list of "67 Critical Access Hospitals to Know" in the United States.

This list features critical access hospitals that have demonstrated excellence in caring for their communities. Becker’s Healthcare recognizes Seward Memorial Hospital for being a pillar in the community, providing access to healthcare for a broad population. Providing quality healthcare in a rural setting presents its own set of specific challenges, but these organizations are rising above to meet the needs of their patients.

The Becker's Hospital Review editorial team selected hospitals for inclusion based on awards and recognitions they have received. Specifically, the team looked at iVantage Health Analytics' list of Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals, the National Rural Health Association's list of Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals, patient satisfaction scores from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Hospital Compare and various Healthgrades awards.

Seward Memorial Hospital has spent more than 68 years serving patients in Seward County Nebraska and the surrounding communities.  The 24-bed critical access hospital has earned recognition from the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health for Performance Leadership for five consecutive years, most recently in 2019. The Chartis Center for Rural Health also named Memorial Hospital among the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals in the nation for 2015 and 2016; for the past five years The Chartis Center for Rural Health / iVantage Health Analytics has honored it among the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the nation. Becker’s Hospital Review has recognized Seward Memorial Hospital five consecutive years as a Critical Access Hospital to Know and the four past years for Critical Access Hospital CEO’s to Know.

Roger Reamer, MBA, Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Health Care Systems, stated, “It is an honor to receive this recognition again and it is a true testament to the strength of the team at Memorial Health Care Systems. This type of recognition acknowledges our team’s efforts to enhance community health.”

As of January 31, 2019, there are 1,349 CAHs located throughout the United States. The Critical Access Hospital program is a federal program established in 1997 as part of the Balanced Budget Act. The program aims to offer small hospitals in rural areas to serve residents that would otherwise be a long distance from emergency care. Boone County Health Center (Albion, Neb.) is the other Nebraska Critical Access Hospital named in this year’s list.