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Critical access hospitals are key care centers for rural and underserved patient populations across the U.S. Currently, about 20 percent of Americans live in a region considered “rural” by the U.S. government — or approximately 55 million people. Access to care facilities in rural areas, with low population density and limited public transportation options, is often restricted in these regions. The facilities that do exist, like critical access hospitals, are vital to their communities.

More than 1,300 critical access hospitals exist in the U.S., according to Definitive Healthcare data. These hospitals face strict guidelines in order to receive federal funding. They must have 25 beds or fewer, report an average stay of under 96 hours, and be more than 35 miles from another hospital (with exceptions for difficult terrain).

Of the critical access hospitals with the highest discharge volumes, four are located in Washington — the most of any single state.

Top 25 Critical Access Hospital by Discharge Volume

  Hospital Name State Discharges Net Patient Revenue Staffed Beds

1.

Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial

MI

2,335

$90,891,816

25

2.

OSF St Francis Hospital & Medical Group

MI

2,233

$82,736,802

25

3.

Lourdes Medical Center

WA

2,177

$112,102,801

25

4.

Bingham Memorial Hospital

ID

2,000

$107,002,101

25

5.

Socorro General Hospital

NM

1,987

$24,971,157

24

6.

Astria Sunnyside Hospital

WA

1,905

$102,505,660

25

7.

Hudson Hospital

WI

1,903

$54,836,274

25

8.

CHI St Alexius Health Williston

Medical Center

ND

1,852

$85,813,416

25

9.

Newman Regional Health

KS

1,827

$64,648,482

23

10.

Angel Medical Center

NC

1,809

$61,011,062

25

11.

St Thomas More Hospital

CO

1,808

$66,847,398

25

12.

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital

CA

1,807

$117,806,279

25

13.

Cuyuna Regional Medical Center - Crosby

MN

1,804

$115,170,563

25

14.

Tahoe Forest Hospital

CA

1,795

$135,636,276

25

15.

Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital

NC

1,791

$59,751,222

25

16.

Copley Hospital

VT

1,781

$64,983,966

25

17.

Bonner General Hospital

ID

1,762

$52,245,810

25

18.

CHI St Alexius Health Dickinson Medical Center

ND

1,761

$60,421,878

25

19.

Sutter Lakeside Hospital

CA

1,724

$80,056,849

25

20.

WhidbeyHealth Medical Center

WA

1,718

$101,477,496

25

21.

UPMC Susquehanna Soldiers & Sailors

PA

1,711

$69,426,518

25

22.

UPMC Cole

PA

1,699

$85,200,600

25

23.

New Ulm Medical Center

MN

1,699

$96,788,059

19

24.

Galion Hospital

OH

1,686

$80,011,699

25

25.

Mason General Hospital

WA

1,677

$92,094,585

25

Fig 1. Data from Definitive Healthcare based on 2016 Provider Utilization and Payment Data Physician and Other Supplier Public Use File. All information is verified by our in-house research team.