MUNCY - Susquehanna Health's Muncy Valley Hospital recently was named one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States by iVantage Health Analytics.
It is the only one on the list from Pennsylvania.
Muncy Valley Hospital first was designated as a critical access hospital by the federal government in July 2001. Critical access hospitals are in rural areas, provide 24-hour emergency care and cannot exceed more than 25 inpatient beds. There are 1,331 such facilities in the U.S.
Muncy Valley Hospital scored best among critical access hospitals on the iVantage Health Analytics' Hospital Strength Index. That index is first comprehensive rating of critical access hospitals.
The results recognize the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals that provide a safety-net to communities across rural America, measuring them across 56 performance metrics, including quality, outcomes, patient perspective, affordability and efficiency.
"We are very excited and proud of this prestigious recognition," said Ronald Reynolds, president of Muncy Valley Hospital.
"It is a tribute to the dedication and outstanding quality of patient care provided by our physicians and service partners, as well as the outstanding support we receive from the eastern Lycoming County region," he said.
"Rural hospitals play a critical role in providing needed care to communities across America, yet the challenges are completely different while being as complex as urban hospitals," said John Morrow, executive vice president of iVantage Health Analytics. "The need for enhanced performance and a framework for success are equally important as hospitals prepare for the impact of healthcare reform."
Muncy Valley Hospital is at 215 E. Water St. For more information, call 327-8137 or visit SusquehannaHealth.org.