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Friday, Jun 28, 2019

Hancock County Hospital recognized by Becker’s as being among ’67 critical access hospitals to know’ in the nation

For the third year in a row, Hancock County Hospital has been recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review as being among “67 critical access hospitals to know” for 2019.

Hospitals featured on this list have been recognized for clinical quality and excellence in care delivery. They have truly become pillars of their communities, providing access to healthcare for a broad population. Organizations cannot pay for inclusion on this list.

“We’re honored to earn this recognition again,” said Regina Day, administrator for Hancock County Hospital and Hawkins County Memorial Hospital. “All the credit belongs to our amazing team members and all their hard work. Providing healthcare in rural areas is extremely important, and our team members are dedicated to serving the people of our community.”

Critical access hospitals have 25 or fewer inpatient beds, and the annual average length of stay is 96 hours or fewer for acute care. These hospitals also offer 24/7 emergency care and are located in remote areas.

Hancock County Hospital, a member of Ballad Health, opened its doors in 2005. Services include emergency and inpatient care, lab testing, diagnostic imaging and physical therapy. The hospital added a rural health clinic three years ago and has just implemented Senior Life Solutions, an outpatient therapy program that focuses on members of the senior population who are struggling with depression or anxiety.

Hancock County Hospital earned recognition from the National Rural Health Association in 2012 as one of the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals in the nation.

“Because we’re in a remote area, the people in our community truly appreciate having a hospital here so they’ve got convenient access to high-quality care,” Day said.

Becker's Healthcare editors selected the following 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.

Becker’s Healthcare is a leading source of cutting-edge business and legal information for healthcare industry leaders. Becker’s Hospital Review, one of the organization’s publications, features up-to-date business and legal news and analysis relating to hospitals and health systems.