Mercer Health Recognized in Top 100 Rural and Community Hospitals in the Nation

Posted On: June 23, 2016

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Mercer Health’s Mercer County Joint Township Community Hospital was recently recognized among the top 100 rural and community hospitals in the United States by two organizations providing hospital performance metrics analyzation. Mercer County Joint Township Community Hospital is named as one of iVantage Health Analytics’ Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the United States for 2016 and also Becker’s Hospital Review, 100 Great Community Hospitals for 2016.

“Mercer Health is proud of the efforts of our physicians and staff who have contributed to our achieving these designations,” said Lisa Klenke, CEO. “Much like our local state champion sporting teams, we owe our success to the loyalty of the community and the hard work of our team.”

Mercer Health scored in the top 100 of rural and community hospitals on iVantage’s Hospital Strength INDEX®. The INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive rating of rural and Critical Access Hospitals. The results recognize that the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals play a key role in providing a safety net to communities across America – measuring them across more than 70 different performance metrics, including quality, outcomes, patient perspective, affordability, population risk and efficiency. The list of the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals and more information about the study can be found at

“Rural healthcare encompasses more than 60 million Americans and the facilities which comprise our Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals play a vital role in ensuring the long-term sustainability of the rural health safety net,” said Michael Topchik, senior vice president of iVantage Health Analytics. “Our data analysis shows that this group of top performers exhibits a focused concern for their community benefits and needs, regardless of scale, reimbursement and people’s ability to pay.

“Our strong local communities are a result of strong community services including education and healthcare. Here at Mercer Health we take our responsibility as stewards of community health very seriously. Nearly 2,100 hospital systems fall into the rural category and we are pleased to fall in the top 100,” shares Klenke.

In addition, Mercer Health landed on Becker’s Hospital Review, 100 Great Community Hospitals for 2016. Becker’s is the leading hospital magazine for hospital business news and analysis for hospital and health system executives. Becker’s has published a version of this list annually since 2011. This is the fifth year the list has included 100 hospitals. For the purposes of this list, Becker’s defines a “community hospital” as one with fewer than 550 beds that have minimal teaching programs.

A release from Becker’s states, “The hospitals on this list are spread across the country, some not far from major metro areas and some in rural communities. Regardless of location or whether they are affiliated with a major system, these hospitals are vital parts of their respective communities.”

The Becker’s editorial team selected hospitals for inclusion based on rankings and awards from organizations including iVantage Health Analytics, Truven Health Analytics, Healthgrades, CareChex, the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the Leapfrog Group. Included organizations have earned recognition from one or more of these organizations. The list of the 100 Great Community Hospitals and more information can be found at

George Boyles, Senior Vice President and CFO states, “To be included in the Becker’s list is outstanding. To be considered among the top in the nation is a major distinction. Our team is definitely among the best and we thank them for the outstanding service they provide to our community.”

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Since the beginning of 2016, Mercer Health has received several honors locally and state and nationwide for its commitment to quality healthcare, including:
• Women’s Choice Award® for America’s Best Hospitals for Emergency Care
• Celina-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce – 2015 Business of the Year
• iVantage Top 100 Rural and Community Hospitals for 2016
• Becker’s Hospital Review, 100 Great Community Hospitals for 2016
• Recipient of the 2016 Healthgrades® Outstanding Patient Experience Award™
• Hospital Safety Scores – Mercer Health received an “A”
• Blue Distinction® Centers for Maternity Care Designation, identified by Blue Cross, Blue Shield
• Recognition by the Ohio State Health Network and The Ohio House or Representatives – Emergency Department being honored in the “patients leaving against medical advice” category