NH DHHS - Four Critical Access Hospitals in New Hampshire Honored for Quality

Concord, NH – The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) recently

announced its annual ranking of critical access hospitals in the country

and four in New Hampshire were honored; Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro,

Speare Memorial Hospital in Plymouth, and The Memorial Hospital in North

Conway were named Top Critical Access Hospitals and Cottage Hospital in

Woodsville was recognized for Best Practice in Quality. The top 20 critical

access hospitals are named annually as well as 20 in each separate category

of quality, patient satisfaction and financial stability.

“The Department of Health and Human Services is very pleased to recognize

the good work of these hospitals in serving their communities,” said Dr.

José Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS. “Our public health

partners work tirelessly every day to serve the needs of the people of New

Hampshire so it is great to see some of their efforts recognized.

Congratulations to Huggins, Speare, Memorial and Cottage for a job well


The rankings are determined through data analysis by iVantage Health

Analytics and the determining factors for the top 20 critical access

hospitals were based on ten indices of strength including competitive

strength, competitive intensity, market size and growth, population risk,

cost, charge, quality, outcomes, patient perspectives, and financial

stability. The data gathered is also distributed to the hospitals NHRA

serves to help them better their practices.

All the hospitals will be formally recognized during NRHA’s Critical Access

Hospital Conference in October. To read more information, visit

www.ruralhealthweb.org or the NH Department of Health and Human Services at