Forty-two Rural Michigan Hospitals Recognized for Performance Leadership

On National Rural Health Day, November 16, The Chartis Center for Rural Health/iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health (NOSORH) recognized 42 rural Michigan hospitals for overall excellence in quality, outcomes, and/or patient perspective, reflecting top quartile performance among all rural hospitals the nation.

The rankings are determined each year using iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX®, the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. In partnership with NOSORH, iVantage has developed a data-driven program designed to identify excellence across a broad spectrum of indicators relevant to hospital performance and patient care. The Hospital Strength INDEX captures performance metrics for all rural and Critical Access Hospitals. Leveraging data from public data sources, INDEX aggregates data from more than 50 individual metrics into three major categories and eight pillars to derive a single strength overall rating for each facility.

“While rural populations are equally challenged with health disparities, there are significant variations by region, state and even within communities in the same state. On this important day, as we celebrate the power of rural, it’s great to recognize these top performers who are excelling in managing risk, achieving higher quality, securing better outcomes, increasing patient satisfaction, or operating at a lower cost than their peers,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader of the Chartis Center for Rural Health.  

Allegan General Hospital, Allegan (Patient Perspective)

Alpena Regional Medical Center, Alpena (Outcomes)

Aspirus Grand View Hospital, Ironwood (Outcomes)

Aspirus Iron River Hospital & Clinics, Iron River (Patient Perspective)

Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital, Ontonagon (Quality, Patient Perspective)

Bell Hospital, Ishpeming (Quality, Outcomes, Patient Perspective)

Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital, Dowagiac (Patient Perspective)

Bronson Lakeview Hospital, Paw Paw (Patient Perspective)

Deckerville Community Hospital, Deckerville (Quality)

Harbor Beach Community Hospital, Harbor Beach (Patient Perspective)

Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital, Charlotte (Outcomes)

Hillsdale Hospital, Hillsdale (Outcomes)

Huron Medical Center, Bad Axe (Outcomes)

Mackinac Straits Hospital and Health Center, Saint Ignace (Outcomes, Patient Perspective)

Marlette Regional Hospital, Marlette (Quality, Patient Perspective)

McKenzie Health System, Sandusky (Quality, Patient Perspective)

McLaren Central Michigan, Mount Pleasant (Outcomes)

McLaren Lapeer Region, Lapeer (Outcomes)

MidMichigan Medical Center-Gratiot, Alma (Outcomes)

Munising Memorial Hospital, Munising (Quality)

Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital (Outcomes)

Muson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital, Charlevoix (Outcomes)

Oaklawn Hospital, Marshall (Outcomes)

Otsego Memorial Hospital, Gaylord (Outcomes)

Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital, Frankfort (Quality)

ProMedica Bixby Hospital, Adrian (Outcomes)

ProMedica Herrick Hospital, Tecumseh (Quality)

Saint Mary's Standish Community Hospital (Standish)

Scheurer Hospital, Pigeon (Quality, Outcomes, Patient Perspective)

Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital, Manistique (Patient Perspective)

Sheridan Community Hospital, Sheridan (Outcomes, Patient Perspective)

South Haven Community Hospital, South Haven (Outcomes)

Sparrow Carson Hospital, Carson City (Quality)

Sparrow Clinton Hospital, Saint Johns (Outcomes)

Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital, Big Rapids (Outcomes)

Spectrum Health Kelsey Hospital, Lakeview (Quality, Patient Perspective)

Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital, Ludington (Outcomes)

Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital, Reed City (Outcomes)

Spectrum Health United Memorial-United Campus, Greenville (Outcomes)

Spirius Keweenaw Hospital, Laurium (Quality)

St. Francis Hospital, Escanaba (Outcomes)

UP Health System Portage, Hancock (Quality, Outcomes)


The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) was established in 1995 to assist State Offices of Rural Health in their efforts to improve access to, and the quality of, health care for America’s 61 million rural citizens. NOSORH enhances the capacity of SORHs to do this by supporting the development of state and community rural health leaders; creating and facilitating state, regional and national partnerships that foster information sharing and spur rural health-related programs/activities; and enhancing access to quality healthcare services in rural communities.

About The Chartis Group
The Chartis Group (Chartis) is a comprehensive advisory and analytics services 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

About iVantage Health Analytics, a subsidiary of The Chartis Group
A subsidiary of The Chartis Group, iVantage Health Analytics (iVantage) is 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.