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Pipestone, MN (February 26, 2020)Pipestone County Medical Center in Pipestone, MN today announced it has been named a 2020 Top 100 Critical Access Hospital by The Chartis Center for Rural Health. This annual award honoring rural hospital performance is determined by the results of iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX®, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2020.

“PCMC is proud to receive this recognition,” said Bradley Burris, CEO of Pipestone County Medical Center.  “Our goal has always been to serve the needs of our customers and patients by acting with integrity, respect, and compassion.  It means a lot to us to be recognized in this way, and we are thankful to The Chartis Center for Rural Health for rewarding us with this honor,” he added.

Based entirely on publicly available data, the INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. Utilizing 50 independent indicators, the INDEX assesses performance across eight pillars of performance that span market-, value- and finance-based categories. Hospitals recognized as a Top 100 facility had one of the 100 highest overall scores among all Critical Access Hospitals nationally.

“The Top 100 Critical Access Hospital award program reminds us that rural providers haven’t lost touch with their mission and are committed to delivering better quality, better outcomes, and better patient satisfaction. It’s a pleasure to be able not only to recognize this year’s recipients but our larger group of top 100 alumni as we celebrate ten years of The Hospital Strength INDEX,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader, The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

Top 100 Hospital Resources:

The list of this year’s Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals, as well as the INDEX methodology, can be found at

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About Pipestone County Medical Center (PCMC)

Pipestone County Medical Center is a Critical Access Hospital offering a complete range of inpatient and outpatient services. Pipestone County Medical Center is part of Avera Health and works with Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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