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Banner Lassen Medical Center Ranks Among Top Rural Facilities

 Four Banner Health hospitals including Banner Lassen Medical Center recently have been named HealthStrong™ Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States.

“We are proud of the efforts of our physicians and staff who have contributed to our hospital achieving this designation for outstanding quality care, outcomes, patient satisfaction and efficiency,” said Bob Edwards, chief executive officer of Banner Lassen Medical Center.

The other Banner Health facilities named HealthStrong™ Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals are Washakie Medical Center in Worland, Wyo., Platte County Memorial Hospital in Wheatland, Wyo., and Ogallala Community Hospital in Ogallala, Neb. The four hospitals scored best among critical access hospitals on the iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength Index™.

The Hospital Strength Index is a comprehensive rating of critical access hospitals, and the results recognize the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals that provide a safety net to communities across rural America. The tool measures 56 different performance metrics, including quality, outcomes, patient perspective, affordability and efficiency. More information can be found at

“Rural hospitals play a critical role in providing needed care to communities across America, yet the challenges are completely different while being as complex as urban hospitals. The need for enhanced performance and a framework for success are equally important as hospitals prepare for the impact of health reform,” said John Morrow, EVP of iVantage Health Analytics.

About Banner Lassen Medical Center

Banner Lassen Medical Center in Susanville, Calif., originally opened in 1883 as Lassen County Hospital. It is a part of Banner Health, a nonprofit healthcare system with 23 hospitals in seven states. Banner Lassen offers a range of services to aid in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of illness. For more information, visit

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