Ascension St. Joseph Hospital named a Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital for second year

hospitalAscension St. Joseph Hospital was named one of the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the United States by The Chartis Center for Rural Health. This annual award honoring  rural hospital performance is determined by the results of iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX®. Ascension St. Joseph was one of only four Michigan hospitals on the 2020 list.

“This recognition is evidence of our team’s commitment in providing the best health care possible to our community,” said Shane Hunt, Hospital Administrator, Ascension St. Joseph. “We are proud to be named a Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital again, recognized for the achievements we have made around patients' perceptions of care and satisfaction. We improved our position in every aspect measured. This is so exciting, and rewarding, to be acknowledged for the improvements we have accomplished. This focus is ongoing. We will continue to work with all departments and physicians to further improve patient care and performance.”

Based entirely on publicly available data, the INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. Utilizing 50 independent indicators, the INDEX  assesses performance across eight pillars of performance that span market, value and finance-based categories. Hospitals recognized as a Top 100 facility had one of the 100 highest overall scores among all Rural & Community Hospitals nationally.

About Ascension Michigan
In Michigan, Ascension operates 16 hospitals and hundreds of related healthcare facilities that together employ over 22,000 associates. Across the state, Ascension provided over $270 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in FY2019. Serving Michigan for over 140 years, Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension is one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., operating 2,600 sites of care – including 150 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities – in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Visit