HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese is proud to announce it has been recognized as a 2023 Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital. Compiled by The Chartis Center for Rural Health, this annual recognition program honors outstanding performance among the nation’s rural hospitals based on the results of the Chartis Rural Hospital Performance INDEX™.

HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital’s President and CEO Aaron Puchbauer shared, “We are honored to be recognized again as one of America’s Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals for 2023, as we have been named in the past. This award is only possible because of the outstanding work and service provided by our medical staff members, colleagues and volunteers,” he said. “We are truly thankful for this recognition which reinforces our commitment to providing high quality care, exceptional patient experience, operational excellence and economic stability for our community.”

“Across the nation, top 100 rural providers continue to serve as a source of inspiration for hospital leadership teams and staff working diligently every day to improve the delivery of care within their local communities,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader, the Chartis Center for Rural Health. “The list of award winners in each category is as geographically diverse as we’ve seen in some time, which is wonderful to see. We’re thrilled to be able to honor the outstanding efforts of these top performing rural hospitals.”

Now in its 13th year, the INDEX has established itself as the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. Leveraging publicly available data, the INDEX is trusted by rural hospitals, health systems with rural affiliates, hospital associations and state offices of rural health across the country to measure and monitor performance across a variety of areas impacting hospital operations and finance.

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