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CHI St. Alexius Health, Carrington named a 2017 Top 20 Critical Access Hospital

Carrington Health Center DBA CHI St. Alexius Health, Carrington was recently named one of the 2017 Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) for overall performance in the country. This is the third time since 2014, CHI St. Alexius Health, Carrington has been recognized with the Top 20 distinction.


The Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals, including CHI St. Alexius Health, Carrington scored best among critical access hospitals in iVantage Health Analytics' Hospital Strength Index. The rankings were recently announced by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) and will be recognized 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, costs, charges and financial stability. This group was selected from iVantage's Top 100 CAH list, released earlier this year.


Those hospitals that have been recognized as Top 20 Critical Access Hospital “best practice recipients” have achieved success one of two key areas of performance:


Quality index: A rating of hospital performance based on the percentile rank across the five categories of Hospital Compare Process of Care measures.

Patient perspective index: A rating of hospital performance based on the percentile rank on two Hospital Compare HCAHPS measures (“Overall Rating” and “Highly Recommend)”.


“CHI St. Alexius Health, Carrington is extremely proud of the efforts of its medical providers and staff who have contributed to our hospital achieving this designation,” said Mariann Doeling, RN, President of CHI St. Alexius Health, Carrington. “Our results as a top overall performing hospital in the United States means our community can count on us to deliver the local services they need now and in the future.”


CHI St. Alexius Health, Carrington celebrated its 100th year of delivering local healthcare in 2016. Originally opened as the Carrington Hospital in 1916, the hospital was leased to the Presentation Sisters of the Fargo Diocese in 1941. The Presentation Sisters joined the Catholic Health Corporation of Omaha in 1980 and later became part of Catholic Health Initiatives.


CHI St. Alexius Health officially announced the formation of its regional health care system in April 2016. The system is the largest health care delivery system in central and western North Dakota and is comprised of a tertiary hospital in Bismarck, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) in Carrington, Dickinson, Devils Lake, Garrison, Turtle Lake, Washburn and Williston and numerous clinics and outpatient services. CHI St. Alexius Health manages four CAHs in North Dakota- Ashley, Elgin, Linton, and Wishek, as well as Mobridge Regional Medical Center in Mobridge, S.D.


Catholic Health Initiatives, a nonprofit, faith-based health system formed in 1996 through the consolidation of four Catholic health systems, expresses its mission each day by creating and nurturing healthy communities in the hundreds of sites across the nation where it provides care. The nation’s second-largest nonprofit health system, Englewood, Colorado-based CHI operates in 17 states and comprises 104 hospitals, including four academic health centers and major teaching hospitals as well as 30 critical-access facilities; community health-services organizations; long-term care facilities; home-health agencies; and other facilities and services that span the inpatient and outpatient continuum of care.


About the National Rural Health Association
NRHA is a nonprofit organization working to improve the health and wellbeing of rural Americans and providing leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communications, education and research. NRHA membership is made up of 21,000 diverse individuals and organizations, all of whom share the common bond of an interest in rural health. For more information, visit

About iVantage Health Analytics
iVantage Health Analytics, Inc.™ is a privately held healthcare business intelligence and technology company. The company is a leading provider of information products serving an expansive healthcare industry. iVantage Health Analytics™ integrates diverse information with innovative delivery platforms to ensure customers’ timely, concise, and relevant strategic action. For more information, visit