By Tim Kowols
Critical access hospitals in Wisconsin were recognized as the nation’s best according to study completed by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration. The HRSA looked at Wisconsin hospitals’ reporting rates and their level of improvement among other factors which were the highest in the nation. Door County Medical Center CEO Jerry Worrick credits the whole health care system in Wisconsin for the success.
Critical Access Hospitals like the award-winning Door County Medical Center are designated by Medicare as a facility with 25 or less beds and are often found in rural areas. Worrick says despite the misconceptions about small, rural hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals often exceed larger hospitals in some areas such as childbirth.