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Becker’s Hospital Review, a respected national health care industry publication, has named OSF HealthCare Saint Luke Medical Center among its list of 67 Critical Access Hospitals to Know in 2019.


Critical access hospitals are in rural areas but offer 24/7 emergency care and have 25 or fewer inpatient beds. There are 1,349 CAHs located throughout the United States.

“We are so thrilled to be recognized by Becker’s for our quality and care, despite the unique challenges faced by rural hospitals including access to health care to meet community needs,” said Jackie Kernan, president of OSF HealthCare Saint Luke Medical Center. “I credit all of our dedicated Mission Partners (employees) for their willingness to collaborate and meet the many challenges of serving with the greatest care and love despite fewer economies of scale available at larger hospitals.”

Many hospitals featured on this list have been recognized for clinical quality and excellence in care delivery. Several have also earned the Hospital & Health Networks HealthCare's Most Wired award. According to the Becker’s announcement, “These hospitals have truly become pillars of their communities, providing access to healthcare for a broad population.”

Becker's Healthcare editors selected the hospitals based on awards and rankings from respected organizations including iVantage Health Analytics, The Chartis Center for Rural Health, the National Rural Health Association, CareChex, Healthgrades and Medicare star ratings. The team also considered the hospital's community impact and reputation for innovation.