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Brookings Health Stays on Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital List

Brookings, S.D. – Feb. 22, 2024 – For the ninth consecutive year Brookings Health System has been included by The Chartis Center for Rural Health on the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals list. The annual recognition program honors outstanding performance among the nation’s rural hospitals based on the results of the Chartis Rural Hospital Performance INDEX®.

“To consistently be recognized as a Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital since the honor was established in 2016 speaks to the high-quality, compassionate, personalized health care our team delivers day-in and day-out,” said President and CEO Jason Merkley. “As a rural and community hospital leader, our community can rest assured they will receive outstanding care when they walk through our doors.”

Based entirely on publicly available data, the INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. Utilizing 50 independent indicators, the INDEX assesses performance across eight pillars of performance that span market-, value- and finance-based categories.

“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,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader, The Chartis Center for Rural Health. “We’re delighted to be able to recognize all this year’s Top 100 but especially the more than 40 first-time recipients across both categories. It’s wonderful to see so many new facilities join the ranks of our Top 100 alumni.”

The list of this year’s Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals, as well as the 2024 INDEX methodology, can be found at chartis.com/top-performing-rural-hospitals. More information about Brookings Health System’s care quality can be found at brookingshealth.org/Quality.

About Brookings Health System

Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes a 49-bed hospital, the 79-bed The Neighborhoods at Brookview nursing home, Brookhaven Estates senior living apartments, Yorkshire Eye Clinic, and medical clinics in Arlington, White and Volga, South Dakota. It is a non-profit, city-owned facility that offers the community a full range of inpatient, outpatient, emergency and extended care services. Brookings Hospital provides local access to doctors in Brookings and offers robotic da Vinci surgery and Mako robotic-arm assisted procedures, making it one of the premier rural community hospitals in South Dakota. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at brookingshealth.org.

Below are the links for all hospitals that were recognized:

PHOTO: Case Manager Sheila Helms, RN, and Hospitalist Dr. Ali Chaudry collaborate while working together on Brookings Hospital’s inpatient care unit. For nine consecutive years, Brookings Health System has been recognized as a Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital by the Chartis Center for Rural Health. The annual recognition is based upon publicly available market, value and finance data.


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