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Mercy Hospital Paris named one of the best critical access hospitals in the country


Mercy Hospital Paris has been named one of the nation’s top 20 Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) for 2024, a recognition celebrated May 14 at a luncheon and ceremony for colleagues and the community.

As determined by the Chartis Center for Rural Health, the top 20 CAHs were recently announced by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA). The May 14 celebration was held to honor Mercy Paris colleagues and leaders from both Mercy and the Paris community.

Mercy Paris was named in the top 20 out of 1,353 critical access hospitals in the US

“This Top 20 designation is truly something to celebrate,” said Juli Stec, Mercy’s vice president of patient services. “Our colleagues deserve this recognition; they work so hard every day to provide high quality care in Paris, and we are pleased that Chartis has recognized their efforts. We cannot thank our colleagues enough for all they do and for all they will continue to do for patients and for the community.”

The recognition comes just months after Mercy Paris was named to the top 100 critical access hospitals, a list that also includes Mercy hospitals in Berryville, Booneville, Ozark and Waldron.

The top 20 CAHs achieved success in overall performance based on a composite assessment of eight strength measures, including quality, outcomes, patient perspective and cost.

Mercy Hospital Paris is a 13-bed critical care hospital serving Logan County. In addition to its 24-hour emergency department, the hospital offers many services to the community, including laboratory, radiology, respiratory therapy and physiotherapy, as well as access to specialists using secure video links that allow patients to be seen virtually.

“We are here to take care of our community,” said Ryan Gehrig, president of Mercy Arkansas Communities. “I want to thank this team. This represents your commitment to the community, your commitment to ministry, and basically your commitment to each other. To achieve this recognition, you must bring your ‘A’ game every day.”

Dr. Mark Bailey, chairman of Mercy Fort Smith and a practicing physician in a rural community, noted, “You understand that awards of this magnitude are not handed out lightly. They are not easy to reach. They are only achieved through very, very hard work and dedication to the hospital, your colleagues and the residents of the area you serve day in and day out.”

The recognition is based on the results of the Chartis Rural Hospital Performance Index. Now in his 14th yeare Annually, the index measures and monitors performance using publicly available data in various areas that impact patient care, hospital operations and finances. An awards ceremony will take place during NRHA’s Critical Access Hospital Conference in September in Kansas City, Missouri.

“I really tie this award to Mercy’s mission: as the Sisters of Mercy before us, we bring Jesus’ healing ministry to life through our compassionate care and exceptional service,” said Stec.