At the Rural Health Policy Institute's annual conference today, the Chartis Center for Rural Health revealed this year's top 100 critical-access hospitals, as well as the top 100 rural and community hospitals. The RHPI is part of the National Rural Health Association. The Chartis Group, which operates the Chartis Center, is a health care analytics consultancy.

The hospitals on each list are grouped by state, but not ranked, so there is no single "best" hospital. The rankings are based on Chartis' Hospital Strength Index, which considers performance based on 50 rural-relevant factors in eight broad market-, value-, and finance-based categories.

At the RHPI's annual Rural Health Conference in May, Chartis will recognize the top 20 rural and community hospitals on the list.