Community Medical Center Named as 2017 Top 100 Critical Access Hospitaltop-hospitals

Community Medical Center in Falls City, Nebraska was recently named one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States by iVantage Health Analytics and The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

“This achievement is very gratifying. We work hard to provide the best health care possible while maintaining an efficient and effective facility,” said Ryan Larsen, hospital administrator. “While the most important feedback we get is in the lives in our patients and their families, it is nice to have an outside voice tell us we are doing well. I’m very proud of our staff.”

Community Medical Center scored in the top 100 of Critical Access Hospitals on iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX®. The INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive rating of rural providers. It provides the data foundation for the annual Rural Relevance Study and its results are the basis for many of rural healthcare’s most prominent awards, advocacy efforts and legislative initiatives. The list of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals and more information about the study can be found at

The Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals play a key role in providing a safety net to communities across America – and the INDEX measures them across eight pillars of hospital strength: Inpatient Share Ranking, Outpatient Share Ranking, Cost, Charge, Quality, Outcomes, Patient Perspectives, and Financial Stability.

“It’s more important than ever that rural hospitals proactively understand and address performance in the areas of cost, quality, outcomes and patient perspective. iVantage’s INDEX was designed to serve as this industry model,” said Michael Topchik, national leader of the Chartis Center for Rural Health. “Across the spectrum of performance indicators, there are rural providers that are writing the blueprint for success as they transition to value-based healthcare. Our analysis shows that this group of top performers exhibits a focused concern for their community needs.”

About the Chartis Group and iVantage Health Analytics

The Chartis Group (Chartis) is a national advisory services firm dedicated to the healthcare industry. Chartis provides strategic planning, value-based care, advanced performance, informatics and technology consulting services as well as leading-edge decision support tools to the country’s leading healthcare providers. The Chartis Center for Rural Health (CCRH) was formed in 2016 to offer tailored services, performance management solutions, research and education to rural hospitals and facilities. Learn more at
iVantage Health Analytics is a subsidiary of The Chartis Group and a leading provider of healthcare analytic and performance management analytic tools. Health system and hospital leadership teams across the country rely on the company’s software and services to deliver customized insights on clinical and financial performance, strategic planning, market assessment and payment optimization. iVantage’s analytics are the basis of continuing thought leadership and insight in the areas of healthcare policy and research. Learn more at


Hurst Gold Standard Award

Community Medical Center’s nursing staff has recently been awarded the Hurst Gold Standard award for 2017! This award acknowledges the significant contribution nurses make to excellence in health care every day.

Hurst Review Services is a leading service that since 1988 has been helping prepare hundreds of thousands of nursing students to pass the NCLEX on the first attempt. They have now added a new division, Hurst Ratings and Ana-lytics. This division is dedicated to collecting and analyzing key hospital quality indicators directly impacted by nurses in the provision of nursing care. The Hurst Ratings and Analytics team collects data quarterly from the most re-cent, publically available, Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Pro-viders and Systems (HCAHPS) survey data published by the centers of Medi-care and Medicaid Services (CMS). The performance measures that they ana-lyze include: Nurse Communication, Responsiveness, Pain Management, Medication Communication, Care Transitions and Discharge Information.

This award is a meaningful tribute to nurses. The heart and cross recognize that, as the primary providers of patient care, nurses are the heart of healthcare. The hand symbolizes nursing’s caring, hands-on work that touch-es lives every day, and the circle represents nursing’s important role in the continuity of quality care.


Employee Awards


Toni Allen

2016 1st quarter recipient of CMC’s Employee of the Quarter award. Toni works in the dietary department as a cook and will have been part of this organization for 24 years.

Toni was nominated by a team member who made the following comments:

  • “Toni shows care and compassion to patients and their families.”
  • “She promotes a positive image for CMC with her professional appearance and actions.”
  • “She always helps others with their work.”
  • “She answers any questions, helps out if needed & is always polite.”

Matt Simpson

2016 2nd quarter recipient of CMC’s Employee of the Quarter award. Matt works in our ER department as a Hospitalist and has been employed at CMC for 3 ½ years.

Matt was nominated by a team member who made the following comments:

  • “Matt is consistently recognized by staff during rounding”
  • “He is the epitome of a team player – he is a great communicator, a knowledgeable hospitalist, pleasant, gets things done & helps out if others are busy. He checks in on the floor for any issues and lets the nurses know his plan for ER patients verbally after he puts orders in.”
  • “Matt has a calming effect, stays cool under pressure and doesn’t complain when he gets overloaded”
  • “He speaks well of everyone”
  • “Since patient satisfaction scores have been reported to him he has embraced the data and uses it to improve his delivery of care.”
  • “He has built strong relationships with other practitioners and staff by being visible and positive in the hospital. He moves with purpose through the hospital and lifts others that he interacts with.”

Mollie Davis

Mollie Davis, Surgery Dept., was selected as the 2015 Employee of the Year. Ryan Larson, CEO, made the presentation to Mollie, as a fitting conclusion to National Hospital Week. Mollie, along with Kathy Mackey, James Matson and Marilyn Lock, had been selected as an employee of the quarter in 2015.

  • “Mollie is a faithful employee, flexible and taking on tasks and challenges as requested. She meets each with a sense of adventure and the desire to make each process better.”
  • “Her kind demeanor and professional way of tackling each problem as it arises is very encouraging to all of us.”
  • “We have never taken a problem to Mollie that she can’t deal with. She breaks each problem down into smaller parts and figures out an effective way to come to a solution.”
  • “She promotes a team approach by being approachable herself. She wants everyone to feelimportant and feel that they are a special part of the team.”