Bigfork Valley Named to Top 20 Critical Access Hospital List

Bigfork Valley in Bigfork, MN was recently named one of the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in the country for patient satisfaction for the seventh time.

The Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals, including Bigfork Valley, scored best among critical access hospitals as determined by The Chartis Center for Rural Health for patient satisfaction. The rankings were recently announced by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA). An awards ceremony will be held during NRHA’s Critical Access Hospital Conference in September in Kansas City, Mo.

The Top 20 Critical Access Hospital “winners” are those hospitals who have achieved success in the overall performance based on a composite rating from eight indices of strength: inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspectives, cost, charge and financial stability. This group was selected from The Chartis Center for Rural Health’s 2019 Top 100 CAH list, which was released earlier this year.

Those hospitals that have been recognized as Top 20 Critical Access Hospital “best practice recipients” have achieved success in one of two key areas of performance:

Quality index: A rating of hospital performance based on the percentile rank across the five categories of Hospital Compare Process of Care measures.

Patient perspective index: A rating of hospital performance based on the percentile rank on two Hospital Compare HCAHPS measures (“Overall Rating” and “Highly Recommend)”.

“Bigfork Valley is proud of the efforts of its physicians and staff who have contributed to our hospital achieving this designation,” said Aaron Saude, CEO. “Our results as a top Critical Access Hospital for patient satisfaction means our community can count on us to deliver the services they need now and in the future.”

Bigfork Valley is a diversified health care campus located in Bigfork, Minnesota.  Their campus includes a 20-bed acute care hospital, pharmacy, surgery center, medical support departments, chiropractic and specialty clinics, senior living and skilled nursing care options. Visit for more information about Bigfork Valley.

About the National Rural Health Association
NRHA is a nonprofit organization working to improve the health and wellbeing of rural Americans and providing leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communications, education and research. NRHA membership is made up of 21,000 diverse individuals and organizations, all of whom share the common bond of an interest in rural health. For more information, visit

About The Chartis Group
The Chartis Group® (Chartis) provides comprehensive advisory services and analytics to the health care industry. With an unparalleled depth of expertise in strategic planning, performance excellence, informatics and technology, and health analytics, Chartis helps leading academic medical centers, integrated delivery networks, children’s hospitals and health care service organizations achieve transformative results. Learn more at