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April 7, 2021 – Roseau, MN | LifeCare Medical Center with locations in Roseau, Warroad and Greenbush, announced it has been recognized, for the third time, as one of the 2021 Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States. Compiled by The Chartis Center for Rural Health, this 11th annual recognition program honors outstanding performance among the nation’s rural hospitals based on the results of the Hospital Strength INDEX®.

LifeCare received this distinguished honor out of 1,350 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States in 2018, 2020 and now in 2021.

“To be granted this prestigious honor in the midst of a pandemic is really a tribute to the dedication of our staff who focus on excellence while providing high quality care” says Keith Okeson, President/CEO of LifeCare.” “I am proud of our entire organization. The work that our employees have accomplished over the past year during the Covid-19 health crisis is truly impressive. Our entire team is so deserving of this award.”

“The Top 100 program continues to illuminate strategies and innovation for delivering higher quality care and better outcomes within rural communities,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader, The Chartis Center for Rural Health. “We are delighted to be able to spotlight the efforts of these facilities through the INDEX framework.”

Over the course of the last 11 years, the INDEX has grown to become the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. Based entirely on public data and utilizing 36 independent indicators, the INDEX assesses rural hospitals across eight pillars of performance, including market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspective, cost, charge, and financial efficiency. The INDEX framework is widely used across the nation by independent rural hospitals, health systems with rural footprints and state offices of rural health, which provide access to INDEX analytics through grant-funded initiatives.

LifeCare Medical Center is a not-for-profit health care system employing approximately 450 people throughout Roseau County in Northern Minnesota.