Two Aspirus UP hospitals named to 20 best in the US

IRON RIVER — Aspirus Iron River and Aspirus Ironwood were recognized as two of the very best hospitals in the United States for 2016 according to a recent analysis, hospital officials announced.

Both Aspirus hospitals have been named one of the 20 best critical-access hospitals in the United States by Vantage Health Analytics and the National Rural Health Association. They are the only two hospitals in the Upper Peninsula and Michigan to be recognized in the Top 20 ranking, out of 1,332 critical-access hospitals in the nation.

This is the third year in a row that Aspirus Ironwood Hospital has received this designation — one of two hospitals in the nation to be on the list for the third year running.

The hospitals on the list scored highest among critical-access hospitals nationwide on Vantage Health Analytics Hospital Strength Index. This is the first nationwide hospital rating system to evaluate rural and critical-access hospitals based upon various market, value-based, and financial measures.

“We are so proud of this impressive accolade that speaks to the quality of our facilities and of our staff,” said Aspirus Iron River CEO Connie Koutouzos. “It’s a testament to the high-quality, patient-centered care we provide. This recognition also salutes the skill and dedication that is displayed daily by our medical staff and employees. We are dedicated to leading the transformation of healthcare for the communities we serve.”

An awards ceremony honoring the Top 20 critical-access hospitals will be held during NRHA’s Critical-Access Hospital Conference in September in Kansas City, Mo.

A critical-access hospital has a maximum of 25 beds, must have 24-hour emergency services and is certified to serve a rural community through cost-based reimbursement from Medicare.