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Five Lifepoint hospitals recognized in 100 top rural and community hospitals

Five Lifepoint hospitals made the annual list of top 100 rural and community hospitals by the Chartis Center for Rural Health. They include: 

In order to receive critical access designation from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services a rural hospital must have fewer than 25 acute care beds, not be located in close proximity to another hospital, at least 15 miles or more depending on the roadways available in the area, and have an emergency department. 

Using publicly available data and information, the Chartis INDEX is the medical industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance.

“During an era of profound uncertainty for rural healthcare, the Top 100 rural hospitals continue to provide a unique lens through which we can identify innovation and inspiration for how to deliver high quality care to increasingly vulnerable populations,” Michael Topchik, national leader for the Chartis Center said.

The list of this year’s Top 100, as well as the 2024 INDEX methodology, can be found at

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