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Evanston, WY (March 14, 2024)—Evanston Regional Hospital was recently named by the 
National Rural Health Association (NRHA) for the second year in a row as one of the top 20
rural and community hospitals in the country. Previously, the hospital was recognized as a
Top 100 rural and community hospital for three consecutive years.
The determining factors for the top 20 rural and community hospitals are based on eight
indicators: inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient
perspective, cost, charge, and finance.

“We are deeply honored that NRHA recognized Evanston Regional Hospital as a top
provider of rural care in the nation,” said Cheri Willard, CEO of Evanston Regional Hospital.
This prestigious recognition underscores the dedication of our team of physicians and
staff. Our community can trust in our ongoing pursuit of excellence, and we are humbled to
be a hospital people can rely on every day.”

NRHA announced the 20 highest-ranked prospective payment system hospitals in the
country based on an evaluation by the Chartis Center for Rural Health. The hospitals are
identified using the Chartis Rural Hospital Performance INDEX, the most comprehensive
and objective assessment of rural PPS hospital performance. These hospitals will be
recognized on May 9 during NRHA’s Annual Rural Health Conference in New Orleans.

About Evanston Regional Hospital
Evanston Regional Hospital is a community hospital committed to providing quality
healthcare close to home as an affiliate of the University of Utah. Evanston Regional
Hospital was named a Top 100 Rural and Community Hospital by The Chartis Group in
2022, 2021 and 2020 as well as a Top 20 Rural and Community Hospital in 2023 and 2024.
Evanston Regional Hospital was the first hospital in Wyoming to earn Chest Pain
Accreditation by the American College of Cardiology and maintains the accreditation
today. In 2017, 2018 and 2019, Evanston Regional Hospital received national recognition
for Performance Leadership in Quality among the nation’s rural hospitals. Evanston
Regional Hospital is proud to offer a 30-minute ER pledge, which means the ER medical
professionals work diligently to see patients within 30 minutes (or less) of their arrival to the
ER. For more information, please visit

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 consists of diverse
individuals and organizations, all of whom share the common bond of an interest in rural

About Chartis
Chartis is a comprehensive health care advisory firm dedicated to helping clients build a
healthier world. We work across the health care continuum with more than 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 how to navigate disruption, pursue growth, achieve financial sustainability,
unleash technology, improve care models and operations, enhance clinical quality and
safety, and advance 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