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CRMC Named iVantage HEALTHSTRONGT Top 100 Critical Access Hospital for Third Consecutive Year


For the third straight year, Cherokee Regional Medical Center (CRMC) has been named one of the iVantage HEALTHSTRONG Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in the United States.

“Cherokee Regional Medical Center is proud of the efforts of its physicians and staff who have contributed to our hospital achieving this designation for the third consecutive year,” said Matt Johnson, President and CEO of CRMC. “For 100 years CRMC has been a leader in rural healthcare. In a time when many Critical Access Hospitals around the country are facing stiff cut-backs or closures, CRMC continues to move forward by providing excellent care and customer service while continually investing in technology and facilities updates. This recognition validates all of our hard work and dedication in providing Cherokee County and the surrounding area with the highest quality health care available.”

CRMC, an affiliate of UnityPoint Health, scored in the top 100 of Critical Access 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 Critical Access Hospitals provide a safety net to communities across rural America – measuring them across more than 70 different performance metrics, including quality, outcomes, patient perspective, affordability, population risk and efficiency.

“Rural healthcare deserves the same performance analysis as all provider performance. It plays a vital role for communities across America, serving more than 60 million people. The services provided in rural America are similar to those needed in any major metropolitan area, yet the volumes and economic resources provide little economies of scale, making for little benefit from scale. These top 100 Critical Access Hospitals exhibit a focused concern for their community benefits and needs, regardless of scale, reimbursement and people’s ability to pay,” said Michael Topchik, senior vice president of iVantage Health Analytics.

About Cherokee Regional Medical Center

Cherokee Regional Medical Center, an affiliate of UnityPoint Health, provides a complete circle of care to the residents of Cherokee County and the surrounding area through a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital and full-time Emergency Services. In addition, CRMC supports four regional medical clinics located in the communities of Cherokee, Aurelia, Marcus and Holstein; The Beck, a 32-unit senior living complex; home health and hospice services; Cherokee County Public Health services; and the CRMC Wellness Center. For more information, visit Cherokee Regional Medical Center online at

About UnityPoint Health - St. Luke’s

UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s is one of the region’s most patient and family-centered hospitals, delivering innovative care to communities in the tri-state area including Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. St. Luke’s treats more than 77,000 patients annually, coordinating care from the doctor’s office to the hospital and back home through St. Luke’s, UnityPoint Clinic and UnityPoint at Home.

Together, through UnityPoint Health – Sioux City, St. Luke’s health care professionals and physician partners all work toward the same goal: getting patients healthy sooner and keeping them healthy. With a full range of inpatient and outpatient services at St. Luke’s and within UnityPoint Health, one of the nation’s most integrated health systems, our vision is to provide the best outcome for every patient, every time. For more information, visit

About iVantage Health Analytics

iVantage Health Analytics (iVantage) is a leading provider of healthcare analytic and decision support tools. Health system and hospital leadership teams across the country rely on the company’s software and services to deliver customized insights on clinical and financial performance, strategic planning, market assessment and contract optimization. Employing a full array of public, private and proprietary data, iVantage tools and solutions - from dashboards and preformatted reports, to industry and custom guided analytics - are designed to help its clients move from data to action. In addition, iVantage analytics and tools are the basis of continuing thought leadership and insight in the areas of healthcare policy and research. Learn more at