Brookings Health System Named to Elite Top 20 Rural Community Hospital List

Posted: 4/10/2017

Nursing Supervisor Sandra Ruesch, RN, trains Patient Care Tech Samantha Alfke to refill supplies in the nurse servers on the Inpatient Care unit at Brookings Hospital. Brookings Health System was recently named a Top 20 Rural Community Hospital by the National Rural Health Association and ranked at the 99th percentile of all rural and community hospitals in the nation.Brookings Health System was recently named one of the Top 20 Rural Community Hospitals in the United States by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA).

The Top 20 Rural Community Hospitals, including Brookings Health System, are those which scored the highest on the iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength Index™. Brookings Health System ranked at the 99th percentile of all rural and community hospitals in the nation on the Hospital Strength Index.

“We are honored to be named to this elite list of hospitals,” said CEO Jason Merkley. “Delivering high-quality, compassionate, personalized health care to patients comes first at Brookings Health System. Our team’s focus on delivering this level of patient care with the best possible outcomes and satisfaction has catapulted us to the top one percent of rural and community hospitals in the nation.”

The Top 20 Rural Community Hospital winners are those hospitals who have achieved success in the overall performance based on a composite rating from eight indices of strength: inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspectives, costs, charges and financial stability. An awards ceremony will be held during NRHA’s Rural Hospital Innovation Summit conference May 11 in San Diego, Calif.

The group was selected from iVantage’s Top 100 Rural Community Hospital list, released earlier this year and located at More information about Brookings Health System’s care quality can be found at

About Brookings Health System

Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes a 49-bed hospital, the 79-bed The Neighborhoods at Brookview nursing home, Brookhaven Estates senior living apartments, Yorkshire Eye Clinic, and medical clinics in Arlington, White and Volga, South Dakota. It is a non-profit, city-owned facility that offers the community a full range of inpatient, outpatient, surgical and extended care services. The emergency room is staffed 24 hours a day and provides around the clock patient needs ranging from minor injuries to life threatening crises. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at

About the National Rural Health Association

NRHA is a nonprofit organization working to improve the health and wellbeing of rural Americans and providing leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communications, education and research. NRHA membership is made up of 21,000 diverse individuals and organizations, all of whom share the common bond of an interest in rural health. For more information, visit

About iVantage Health Analytics

iVantage Health Analytics, Inc.™ is a privately held healthcare business intelligence and technology company. The company is a leading provider of information products serving an expansive healthcare industry. iVantage Health Analytics™ integrates diverse information with innovative delivery platforms to ensure customers’ timely, concise, and relevant strategic action. For more information, visit