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CCMH Named Top 20 Critical Access Hospital in US

June 23, 2023

CCMH named one of the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals in the US.

CARROLLTON, Mo. – Carroll County Memorial Hospital was recently named one of the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in the country.

CCMH is a 25-bed critical access facility serving Carrollton and the surrounding communities. It offers 24-hour emergency care, specialized services such as advanced diagnostics, outpatient specialty clinics, post-acute skilled care (swing bed) and comprehensive family care.

The top 20 CAHs, including CCMH, scored best among CAHs as determined by the Chartis Center for Rural Health for overall performance. The rankings were recently announced by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA).

“We are proud of the efforts of the physicians and staff who have contributed to our hospital achieving this designation,” said Scott Thoreson, CCMH Chief Executive Officer. “Our results as a top critical access hospital means our community can count on us to deliver the services they need now and in the future.”

The top 20 CAHs have achieved success in overall performance based on a composite rating from eight indices of strength: inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspective, cost, charge, and finance. This group was selected from the Chartis Center for Rural Health’s 2023 Top 100 CAH list, which was released earlier this year.

A critical access hospital is a hospital that is limited to 25 beds in size, located approximately 30 miles away from another hospital and has made a determination to be paid by Medicare on the basis of their allowable costs. Larger hospitals are paid on a different basis that is a diagnostic-related group methodology. In Missouri, there are 34 critical access hospitals. Other Missouri CAHs that made the Top 100 list, but not the Top 20, are located in Bethany, Cassville and Albany.

“While it was not a stated goal of ours to achieve notoriety by being named a Top 100 or Top 20 Critical Access Hospital in the nation, we are extremely proud of this recognition,” Thoreson said. “There are approximately 1,300 CAHs in the United States and being a Top 20 CAH puts CCMH in the top 1.5 percent of all critical access hospitals in the entire country, which is quite an accomplishment!”

Other hospitals achieving recognition as a Top 20 CAHs honor include Boone County Health Center in Albion, Neb.; Brodstone Healthcare in Superior, Neb.; Cass Health in Atlantic, Iowa; CHI St. Alexius Health Carrington Medical Center in Carrington, N.D.; Community Hospital of Anaconda in Anaconda, Mont.; Community Medical Center in Falls City, Neb.; Community Memorial Healthcare in Marysville, Kan.; Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington, Mass.; Fredonia Regional Hospital in Fredonia, Kan.; Hansen Family Hospital in Iowa Falls, Iowa; Howard Memorial Hospital in Nashville, Ark.; Jamestown Regional Medical Center in Jamestown, N.D.; Mayo Clinic Health System - Red Cedar in Menomonie in Menomonie, Wis.; and Memorial Health Care Systems in Seward, Neb.

For more information about the services at Carroll County Memorial Hospital, visit our website or call 660-542-1695.

About CCMH

Carroll County Memorial Hospital (CCMH), the area’s premier healthcare resource, is a 25-bed Critical Access facility serving Carrollton and the surrounding communities. It offers 24-hour emergency care, specialized services such as advanced diagnostics, post-acute skilled care (swing bed) and comprehensive family care. CCMH is dedicated to the Health and Well Being of All We Serve. For more information, visit

About NRHA

NRHA is a nonprofit organization working to improve the health and wellbeing of rural Americans and provide leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communications, education, and research. NRHA’s membership is made up of diverse individuals and organizations from across the country, all of whom share the common bond of an interest in rural health.

About Chartis

Chartis is a comprehensive health care advisory firm dedicated to helping clients build a healthier world. Chartis works across the health care continuum with more than 600 clients annually, including providers, payers, health services organizations, technology and retail companies, and investors. Through times of change, challenge, and opportunity, Chartis advises the industry on how to navigate disruption, pursue growth, achieve financial sustainability, unleash technology, improve care models and operations, enhance clinical quality and safety, and advance health equity. The teams convened bring deep industry expertise and industry leading innovation, enabling clients to achieve transformational results and create positive societal impact. For more information, visit