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Julie Reinhart

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ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital Ranked One of the Nation's Top Critical Access Hospitals

posted on: 01/10/2012


Fostoria Community Hospital

FOSTORIA, Ohio, October 7, 2011 – ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital was recently named one of the top 100 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in the country.

The hospital was ranked by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA), a nonprofit organization working to improve the health and well-being of rural Americans and providing leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communications, education and research. The top 100 hospitals were announced at its 10th annual Critical Access Hospital Conference which attracted 650 rural hospital leaders in Kansas City, Mo.

"This award validates the promise made by our team to provide quality health care to our patients and families," said Dan Schwanke, president, ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital. "It also recognizes our commitment to improve the health and well-being of our community, and we could not be more proud."

The top 100 hospitals were ranked according to the iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength Index. In this first-ever comprehensive rating of CAHs, facilities were evaluated using 56 different performance metrics, including quality, outcomes, patient perspective, affordability, and efficiency.

"The National Rural Health Association is proud that the efforts of ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital have been recognized by this nationwide analysis and ranking," said Alan Morgan, NRHA CEO. "Rural hospitals play such a critical role in providing needed care to the 62 million Americans who call rural home, yet our challenges are completely different in access while equally complex in delivery as urban hospitals. NRHA celebrates this diversity and is committed to advancing performance improvement in all rural areas."

According to the NRHA, there are more than 1,300 certified CAHs located through the United States. The CAH program was designed to improve rural health care access and reduce hospital closures. CAHs provide essential services to a community and are reimbursed by Medicare on a "reasonable cost basis" for services provided to Medicare patients.

NRHA is made up of 20,000 diverse individuals and organizations, all of whom share the common bond of an interest in rural health.

To learn about ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital, visit www.promedica.org/fostoria.


ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital is a member of ProMedica, a mission-based organization that is ranked the No. 2 most integrated health system in the U.S. ProMedica was formed in 1986 and is a Toledo, Ohio-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization with nearly 14,000 employees; 3,000 physicians and more than 306 facilities in Ohio and Michigan. ProMedica serves more than 2.73 million patients annually and includes 11 hospitals; ProMedica Continuum Services with senior, hospice, rehabilitation, and integrative services; ProMedica Physicians, a network of more than 315 primary care and specialty physicians; and Paramount Health Care, the largest HMO in northwest Ohio. For more information, please visit www.promedica.org.