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LifeCare Medical Center with locations in Roseau, Warroad and Greenbush, announced it has been recognized, for the fourth time, as one of the 2022 Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States. Compiled by The Chartis Center for Rural Health, this annual recognition program honors outstanding performance among the nation’s rural hospitals based on the results of the Chartis Rural Hospital Performance INDEX™.

LifeCare received this distinguished honor out of 1,350 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States in 2018, 2020, 2021 and now in 2022. There are 77 Critical Access Hospitals in Minnesota; LifeCare is one of 5 hospitals recognized in 2022.

“To be granted this prestigious honor four times and especially over the past two most challenging years, is really a tribute to the dedication of our team! They continue to focus on excellence while providing high quality care” says Keith Okeson, President/CEO of LifeCare.” “The work that our team accomplishes every day is truly impressive. Every single employee deserves recognition in making this honor a reality.”

“Despite unprecedented adversity rural providers continue to display resiliency and a steadfast commitment to their communities,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader, The Chartis Center for Rural Health. “Honoring the Top 100 is one of the highpoints of our year. We are delighted to recognize the exceptional performance and innovation of this year’s recipients, particularly in light of the extraordinary challenges facing America’s rural health safety net.”

Over the course of the last 12 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. To learn more about LifeCare Medical Center, visit