(Greenwood, S.C., May 13, 2021) Edgefield County Healthcare in Edgefield, South Carolina was recently named one of the top 20 critical access hospitals (CAHs) for Best Practice in Quality in the country.

The top 20 CAHs, including Edgefield County Healthcare, scored best among CAHs as determined by the Chartis Center for Rural Health for Best Practice in Quality. There are approximately 1,400 critical access hospitals in the country. 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 CAHs have achieved success in overall performance based on a composite rating from eight indices of strength: inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspective, cost, charge, and financial efficiency. This group was selected from the Chartis Center for Rural Health’s 2021 top 100 CAH list, which was released earlier this year.

The top 20 CAH 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 rural-relevant process of care measures.

Patient perspective index: A rating of hospital performance based on the percentile rank across all 10 HCAHPS domains.

“Edgefield County Healthcare is proud of the efforts of the physicians and staff who have contributed to our hospital achieving this designation,” says Carlos Milanes, Edgefield County Healthcare CEO. “Our

results as a top Best Practice in Quality means our community can count on us to deliver the services they need now and in the future.”

About Edgefield County Healthcare

Edgefield County Healthcare provides acute care to residents of Edgefield County, SC and the surrounding areas. The hospital employs 193 physicians, nurses, and staff. Services provided are: family medicine, laboratory testing, dietary services, operations and recovery, pharmacy, emergency services, rehabilitation, radiology, swing bed services, short-term inpatient stays, and respiratory care.


About NRHA: The National Rural Health Association is a national nonprofit membership organization with more than 20,000 members. The association’s mission is to provide leadership on rural health issues. NRHA membership consists of a diverse collection of individuals and organizations, all of whom share the common bond of an interest in rural health.

About the Chartis Group: The Chartis Group provides comprehensive advisory services and analytics to the health care industry. With unparalleled 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. For more information, visit chartis.com.