For the second straight year, Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg was recently named one of the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the United States by iVantage Health Analytics and The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

“Earning this distinction for a second year is a testament to our team’s dedication to quality, compassionate care to our patients – our neighbors, friends and families,” says Randy Cason, president of Via Christi Hospital said in a release. “We are proud and honored to be named one of the top 100 rural hospitals in the country.”

Via Christi Hospital scored in the top 100 of rural and community hospitals on iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX. The INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive rating of rural providers. It provides the data foundation for the annual Rural Relevance Study and its results are the basis for many of rural healthcare’s most prominent awards, advocacy efforts and legislative initiatives.

Cason said rural hospitals are separated into two groups — critical care hospitals such as Girard Medical Center, and community hospitals like Via Christi.

Cason added the were not told where within the top 100 Via Christi ranks, iVantage merely tells hospitals the are one of the top 100 out of the more than 2,000 evaluated.

“It does not mean that we are not working every day to improve …” Cason said. “We will always strive to do better each and every day..

The Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals play a key role in providing a safety net to communities across America – and the INDEX measures them across eight pillars of hospital strength: Inpatient Share Ranking, Outpatient Share Ranking, Cost, Charge, Quality, Outcomes, Patient Perspectives and Financial Stability, the release said.

“The Hospital Strength INDEX provides a true benchmark for helping rural providers to better understand performance levels and identify areas of improvement. When we look across the spectrum of rural-relevant INDEX indicators,” Michael Topchik, National Leader of The Chartis Center for Rural Health said. “The Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals are establishing a new standard for how to deliver higher quality care to their communities despite an unpredictable healthcare environment.

In Kansas, Ascension’s Via Christi Health operates eight hospitals and 75 other sites of care and employs more than 6,000 associates.

Ascension is the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, operating 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 22 states and the District of Columbia.