GRMC Named Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital

GRMC Named Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital

Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) announced today it has been named a 2020 Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital by The Chartis Center for Rural Health. This annual ranking of rural hospitals throughout the United States is determined using the iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX®. This marks the second year in a row GRMC has received this honor. Earlier this year, the hospital also earned a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Both the Top 100 designation and the five-star rating are indicative of the quality care provided at GRMC, a clinical affiliate of WVU Medicine.

“Being designated again as a top 100 Rural and Community Hospital is really a tribute to our staff,” said Mark Boucot, President and CEO of Garrett Regional Medical Center. “It is rewarding to see their hard work and dedication recognized at this level. The quality care we provide to the community is a reflection of the hospital’s mission to treat every patient like family.”

Based entirely on publicly available data, the INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. Utilizing 50 independent indicators, the INDEX assesses performance across eight pillars of health care that span market-value and finance-based categories. Hospitals recognized as a Top 100 facility achieved one of the 100 highest overall scores among all Rural & Community Hospitals nationally.

Top performers are recognized for excelling at managing risk, achieving higher quality, securing better outcomes, increasing patient satisfaction, and operating at a lower cost than their peers. Hospitals in the Top 100 serve as a benchmark for other rural facilities and provide a blueprint for success.

“The Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital award program reminds us that rural providers haven’t lost touch with their mission and are committed to delivering better quality, better outcomes and better patient satisfaction. It’s a pleasure to be able to recognize this year’s recipients,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader of The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

In November Garrett Regional Medical Center was recognized by The Chartis Center for Rural Health and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in outcomes. GRMC is one of Maryland’s top performing hospitals with the lowest readmission rate and lowest occurrence of hospital-acquired conditions in the state. In addition, GRMC has a surgical site infection rate of 0.08%, far below the national average of 1.9%. It also has one of the lowest decision-to-departure times for emergency room visits among Maryland hospitals.

The complete list of this year’s Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals, as well as the 2020 INDEX methodology can be found at

Garrett Regional Medical Center is an award-winning, progressive and Joint Commission accredited acute care facility with 55 inpatient beds in Oakland, Maryland. The hospital serves a population of 46,000 within Garrett County and surrounding communities in Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Established in 1950, the hospital has continuously evolved to advance the health and wellness needs of the region. GRMC was recently rated 5-stars for quality of care by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. Through its clinical affiliation with WVU Medicine, GRMC offers comprehensive health care services unique to a rural location. GRMC is one of the county’s largest employers with more than 500 team members, who are each dedicated to our mission of striving to treat every patient like family. Learn more at