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Baraboo hospital named top performer among rural hospitals

March 22, 2019

Baraboo’s hospital earned a spot among the top 100 rural hospitals in the U.S., according to a health care analytics and consulting firm.

The Chartis Center for Rural Health released its annual Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the United States list for 2019 last month, naming SSM Health St. Clare Hospital in Baraboo among seven others from Wisconsin.

Laura Walczak, president of the Baraboo hospital, wrote in a statement that the medical facility is “raising the bar for rural health care.”

“This is a tremendous accomplishment and a true testament to the dedication of employees and physicians who are committed to delivering the highest quality care to our patients,” she said.

This is the first time Baraboo has made the independent list, said hospital spokeswoman Melanie Platt-Gibson. She noted that hospitals don’t apply or pay for inclusion.

The top 100 are determined by an index compiled by iVantage Health Analytics, a Chartis Group subsidiary based in Massachusetts. The index, in its ninth year, analyzes various factors of each rural and community hospital, including patient surveys, service outcomes such as readmission and mortality rates, the quality and cost of service and inpatient and outpatient market shares, Platt-Gibson said.

Wisconsin came in second among states with the most rural and community top performers, behind only Indiana’s nine top hospitals, according to a Chartis news release.

As the largest hospital in Sauk County, SSM Health St. Clare serves the Baraboo, Lake Delton and Wisconsin Dells area with services including radiation oncology, total joint replacement, women’s health care and cardiac rehabilitation.