Winona Health was named a top 100 U.S. rural and community hospital. The list includes the 100 top-performing rural and community U.S. hospitals in managing risk, achieving higher quality, securing better outcomes, increasing patient satisfaction and operating at a lower cost than their peers.

There are 5,564 registered hospitals in the U.S. according to the American Hospital Association, and 1,829 are categorized as rural community hospitals. In Minnesota alone, there are 145 hospitals, 108 of which are rural community hospitals. Of the top 100 in the U.S., only four Minnesota hospitals were recognized– Winona Health in Winona;  Lake Region Healthcare in Fergus Falls; Allina Health-District One Hospital in Faribault; and Mayo Clinic Health System-Albert Lea.

“To be in the top 100 in the U.S. is an accomplishment our staff should be very proud of,” said Rachelle Schultz, Ed.D., Winona Health president/CEO. “Winona Health is on this list due to the everyday hard work of our physicians, associate providers, all staff members, and our volunteers. It reflects perseverance in focusing on the right work over time.”

The report, published by Becker’s Hospital Review, is based on the evaluation of performance across a number of metrics collected on all hospitals by the National Rural Health Association’s Rural Health Policy Institute, iVantage Health Analytics and the Chartis Center for Rural Health.

Complete list of the Top 100 rural and community hospitals

About Winona Health: Winona Health is a nonprofit, community-owned healthcare system in southeast Minnesota devoted to improving the health and wellbeing of the community. The organization provides healthcare and wellness services from birth through end of life through its hospital, primary care and specialty clinics, and senior services including assisted living and long-term care.

About Becker’s Hospital Review: Becker’s Hospital Review is hospital resource featuring up-to-date business and legal news and analysis relating to hospitals and health systems.

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