Transylvania Regional Hospital Named Top 20 Critical Access Hospital

BREVARD, N.C. (June 28, 2016) – For the fourth year in a row, Transylvania Regional Hospital  has been named one of the nation’s Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and will be recognized in an awards ceremony during The National Rural Health Association’s Critical Access Hospital Conference in September.  Transylvania Regional Hospital is the only hospital in North Carolina to be named to the Top 20 list.

“We are extremely proud that Transylvania Regional Hospital has achieved this national recognition for the fourth year in a row,” said Kathy Guyette, Senior Vice President, Patient Care Services and President, Regional Member Hospitals for Mission Health. “This achievement is due to the dedication of our entire healthcare team and their commitment to providing outstanding care to our patients while maintaining an intense focus on safety and quality.”

The National Rural Health Association names the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals from a larger set of Top 100 CAHs, which is evaluated and produced by iVantage Health Analytics. Both the Top 20 and Top 100 are identified through the Hospital Strength Index, the industry standard for assessing – and benchmarking – rural and Critical Access Hospital performance.

The Top 20 CAHs selection was based on nine indicators of strength: inpatient market share, outpatient market share, population risk, cost, charge, quality, outcomes, patient perspectives, and financial stability. Hospitals ranked in the Top 20 scored the highest overall in quality and patient perspectives (patient satisfaction).

Nationwide, there are nearly 1,300 Critical Access Hospitals.  Small and rural hospitals play an important role in providing efficient and effective healthcare that is on par with other larger suburban and urban counterparts. Critical access hospitals are small, generally geographically remote facilities that provide outpatient and inpatient hospital services in rural areas. The designation was established by Congress in 1997, for special payments under the Medicare program.

About Transylvania Regional Hospital

Transylvania Regional Hospital (TRH), a member of Mission Health, is a full-service, not-for-profit community hospital serving Transylvania and the surrounding counties. Located in Brevard, N.C., TRH is a Critical Access Hospital operating 25 beds and has more than 400 employees and 150 volunteers. TRH offers comprehensive services through more than 120 active, consulting and courtesy physicians representing a full spectrum of specialties. TRH was recently named one of the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States.  For more information, please visit

About Mission Health

Mission Health, based in Asheville, North Carolina, is the state’s sixth-largest health system and was recognized as one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems from 2012-2015 by Truven Health Analytics, formerly Thomson Reuters, becoming the only health system in North Carolina to achieve this recognition.  Mission Health operates six hospitals, numerous outpatient and surgery centers, post-acute care provider CarePartners, long-term acute care provider Asheville Specialty Hospital, and the region’s only dedicated Level II trauma center.  With approximately 10,700 employees and 2,000 volunteers, Mission Health is dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the people of western North Carolina. For more information, please visit or @MissionHealthNC.

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