Hospital recognition

AllianceHealth Woodward team proudly announce they won the 2019 Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the United States award with a group photo in front of the hospital Wednesday afternoon. (Photo by Dawnita Fogleman

“We believe in the power of people to provide great care. We are 290 employees strong, and we work hard every day to be a place of healing, caring and connection for patients and families in the community we call home,” is Woodward AllianceHealth’s motto. 

AllianceHealth Woodward made the 2019 Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the United States, according to The Chartis Center for Rural Health (CCRH). According to Director of Marketing Doug Ross, this award is regarded as one of the industry’s most significant designations of performance excellence. It is based on iVantage Health Analytics Hospital Strength INDEX® results.

“We are honored and proud to have received this recognition from the Chartis Center for Rural Health. Every day our providers and employees work hard to ensure we provide excellent care and being recognized as one of the 100 best Rural and Community hospitals is a testament to their hard work,” said Ross Kormas, AllianceHealth Woodward CEO.

CCRH is an advisory service that helps hospitals improve patient care and business management. They provide insight and solutions addressing some of the biggest challenges rural providers face while driving improvement in performance, according to the website. They do this based on analytics and assessments, and publish studies based on their research.

Determination of the INDEX score is based on 50 indicators from publicly available data sources.

The award is determined by overall score across eight pillars of hospital strength including quality, outcomes, patient perspective, inpatient and outpatient market share, cost, charge and financial stability. The INDEX is in its ninth year scoring rural and community facilities across the nation.

“In an era of increased complexity and uncertainty, Top 100 hospitals have established themselves as a bellwether for rural provider performance,” said Michael Topchik, national leader of The Chartis Center for Rural Health. “Top 100 status is a real indicator of how proactive these hospitals are when it comes to pushing for performance improvement in areas such as quality, outcomes, patient safety, market share and finance.”

The list of this year’s Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals, as well as the 2019 INDEX methodology, can be found at

To learn more about The Chartis Center for Rural Health or to speak with someone regarding the INDEX and the 2019 Top 100, please email Billy Balfour at