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WGH Named Top Critical Access Hospital

WGH Named Top Critical Access Hospital


Wabash General Hospital in Mt. Carmel, Illinois was recently named one of the country's Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) for quality.

“For Wabash General Hospital to be listed among the top Critical Access Hospitals for quality nationally is quite an honor. This could not have been achieved without the hard work and dedication our 558-member team puts in every day. We are proud to bring this level of service to the communities we serve!” stated Katheryn McWhirter, Vice President of Quality at Wabash General Hospital.

The Top 20 CAHs, including Wabash General Hospital, scored best among CAHs as determined by the Chartis Center for Rural Health for quality. The rankings were recently announced by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA). An awards ceremony will be held during NRHA’s Critical Access Hospital Conference in September in Kansas City, MO.

The top 20 CAHs have succeeded in overall performance based on a composite rating from eight indices of strength: inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspective, cost, charge, and finance. This group was selected from the Chartis Center for Rural Health’s 2024 top 100 CAH list, which was released earlier this year.

The top 20 CAH best practice recipients have achieved success in one of two key areas of performance:

Quality index: A rating of hospital performance based on the percentile rank across the rural-relevant process of care measures.

Patient perspective index: A rating of hospital performance based on the percentile rank across all 10 HCAHPS domains.

“Wabash General Hospital is proud of the efforts of the physicians and staff who have contributed to our hospital achieving this designation,” says Karissa Turner, President & CEO of WGH. Our results as a top quality recipient means our community can count on us to deliver the services they need now and in the future.”


Since 1951, our physicians, nurses, and staff have provided high-quality, compassionate, and cost-effective health care to the residents of Wabash County and surrounding communities. Although decades of new knowledge and technology have changed how we practice medicine, our number one priority remains the same – you.

At Wabash General, we put the patient at the center of everything we do. That’s our promise to the community and the foundation of our motto, “People you know, helping people you love.”

We strive to offer services to all generations so we can be the destination of choice through the continuum of your journey.

About NRHA

NRHA is a nonprofit organization working to improve the health and well-being of rural Americans and provide leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communications, education, and research. NRHA’s membership is made up of diverse individuals and organizations from across the country, all of whom share the common bond of an interest in rural health.

About Chartis

Chartis is a comprehensive healthcare advisory firm dedicated to helping clients build a healthier world. We work across the healthcare continuum with over 900 clients annually, including providers, payers, health services organizations, technology and retail companies, and investors. Through times of change, challenge, and opportunity, we advise the industry on navigating disruption, pursuing growth, achieving financial sustainability, unleashing technology, improving care models and operations, enhancing clinical quality and safety, and advancing health equity. The teams we convene bring deep industry expertise and industry-leading innovation, enabling clients to achieve transformational results and create positive societal impact. For more information, visit