Local hospital named to top-100 list


Evanston Regional Hospital recently announced it has been recognized as a 2021 Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital. Compiled by The Chartis Center for Rural Health, this 11th annual recognition program honors outstanding performance among the nation’s rural hospitals based on the results of the Hospital Strength INDEX.

“The Top 100 program continues to illuminate strategies and innovation for delivering higher quality care and better outcomes within rural communities,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader, The Chartis Center for Rural Health. “We are delighted to be able to spotlight the efforts of these facilities through the INDEX framework.”

“Evanston Regional Hospital is honored to be recognized for the safe, compassionate care we provide community and patients,” says Cheri Willard, CEO of Evanston Regional Hospital. “I couldn’t be prouder of our team and all their hard work, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. This recognition is a testament to the outstanding members of our medical staff and all of our employees that make this hospital a trusted place to receive care.”

Over the course of the last 11 years, the INDEX has grown to become the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. Based entirely on public data and utilizing 36 independent indicators, the INDEX assesses rural hospitals across eight pillars of performance, including market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspective, cost, charge, and financial efficiency. The INDEX framework is widely used across the nation by independent rural hospitals, health systems with rural footprints and state offices of rural health, which provide access to INDEX analytics through grant-funded initiatives.

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