JCH&L Named to Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals in the Nation

Jefferson Community Health & Life has been named one of the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals for overall performance in the nation.

The Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals scored best among critical access hospitals as determined by the Chartis Center for Rural Health. The rankings were recently announced by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA.) An awards ceremony will be held during NRHA’s Critical Access Hospital Conference in September in Kansas City, Mo.

 The Top 20 Critical Access Hospital “winners” are those hospitals who have achieved success in the overall performance based on a composite rating from eight indices of strength: inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspectives, cost, charge and financial stability. This group was selected from The Chartis Center for Rural Health’s 2018 Top 100 CAH list, which was released earlier this year. This year’s Top 20 includes 4 Nebraska hospitals.

“Jefferson Community Health & Life is proud of the efforts of its physicians and staff who have contributed to our hospital achieving this designation,” said Chad Jurgens, JCH&L CEO.  “Our results as a Top 20 Critical Access Hospital means our community can count on us to deliver the services they need now and in the future.”


Androscoggin Valley Hospital Berlin, N.H. ; Aspirus Ironwood Hospital & Clinics, Inc. Ironwood, Mich.; Aspirus Langlade Hospital Antigo, Wis.; Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital Miller, S.D.; Avera Holy Family Hospital Estherville, Iowa; Barrett Memorial Hospital Dillon, Mont.; Bear Lake Memorial Hospital Montpelier, Idaho; Box Butte General Hospital Alliance, Neb.; Central Montana Medical Center Lewistown, Mont.; CHI St. Alexius Health Carrington Carrington, N.D.; Community Hospital McCook, Neb.; Community Medical Center Falls City, Neb.; Floyd Valley Healthcare Le Mars, Iowa ; Grande Ronde Hospital La Grande, Ore.; Jefferson Community Health & Life Fairbury, Neb. ; Livingston Healthcare Livingston, Mont.; Riverwood Healthcare Center Aitkin, Minn.; Transylvania Regional Hospital Brevard, N.C. Wallowa Memorial Hospital Enterprise, Ore.; and  West River Regional Medical Center Hettinger, N.D.