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Four Critical Access Hospitals in New Hampshire Honored for Quality
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Rural Health and Primary Care
Publish Date:
July 23, 2014

Concord, NH – The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) recently announced its annual ranking of critical access hospitals in the country and four in New Hampshire were honored; Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro, Speare Memorial Hospital in Plymouth, and The Memorial Hospital in North Conway were named Top Critical Access Hospitals and Cottage Hospital in Woodsville was recognized for Best Practice in Quality. The top 20 critical access hospitals are named annually as well as 20 in each separate category of quality, patient satisfaction and financial stability.

"The Department of Health and Human Services is very pleased to recognize the good work of these hospitals in serving their communities," said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS. "Our public health partners work tirelessly every day to serve the needs of the people of New Hampshire so it is great to see some of their efforts recognized. Congratulations to Huggins, Speare, Memorial and Cottage for a job well done."

The rankings are determined through data analysis by iVantage Health Analytics and the determining factors for the top 20 critical access hospitals were based on ten indices of strength including competitive strength, competitive intensity, market size and growth, population risk, cost, charge, quality, outcomes, patient perspectives, and financial stability. The data gathered is also distributed to the hospitals NHRA serves to help them better their practices.

All the hospitals will be formally recognized during NRHA's Critical Access Hospital Conference in October. To read more information, visit or the NH Department of Health and Human Services at

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