St. Peter’s Health named a Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital

February 23, 2024

St. Peter’s Health today announced it has been recognized as a 2024 Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital by The Chartis Center for Rural Health. Chartis’ annual Top 100 award program recognizes outstanding performance among the nation’s rural hospitals based on the results of the Chartis Rural Hospital Performance INDEX®.

Now in its 14th year, the INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. Featuring a methodology utilizing publicly available data, the INDEX is leveraged nationwide by rural hospitals, health systems with rural affiliates, hospital associations, and state offices of rural health to measure and monitor performance across a variety of areas impacting hospital operations and finance.  

According to St. Peter’s Health Chief Executive Officer Wade Johnson, earning national recognition as a top performing health care system is especially rewarding after navigating difficult economic pressures experienced by health systems post pandemic. “Earning this designation is an honor for Helena and for all of our community partners who have helped St. Peter’s Health navigate these challenging times,” said Johnson. “As the locally-based health system, we remain committed to being good stewards of our community’s health care dollars and investing those dollars here in Helena.”   

“During an era of profound uncertainty for rural healthcare, the Top 100 rural hospitals continue to provide a unique lens through which we can identify innovation and inspiration for how to deliver high quality care to increasingly vulnerable populations,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader, The Chartis Center for Rural Health. “We’re delighted to be able to recognize all this year’s Top 100 but especially the more than 40 first-time recipients across both categories. It’s wonderful to see so many new facilities join the ranks of our Top 100 alumni.”