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Bluffton Hospital Recognized as a 2019 Top 100 Critical Access Hospital

BBluffton Hospital, a division of Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS), has been recognized by The Chartis Center of Rural Health as a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital. This award is one of the industry’s most significant designations of performance excellence.

Bluffton Hospital is a licensed 25-bed, short-term acute care facility providing a full range of services including inpatient medical care, 24-hour emergency care, outpatient surgery, women’s care, cosmetic services and diagnostic services. The facility also features a Level 1 obstetrics unit and several physician specialty clinics, including a pelvic pain center.

“As a community hospital, Bluffton Hospital strives to exceed expectations and provide exceptional care for all patients, visitors and associates,” said Chris Keller, president of Bluffton Hospital and vice president of clinical services and supply chain at BVHS. “We are committed to technological advancements, process improvement and patient-centric care. Bluffton Hospital is honored to be recognized as a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital in the United States and vows to continue its path to excellence.”

Hospitals recognized as a Top 100 facility scored in the top 100 among all Critical Access Hospitals nationally based upon the results of the Hospital Strength INDEX® from iVantage Health Analytics. The INDEX leverages 50 rural-relevant indicators across eight pillars of hospital strength, including inpatient market share, outpatient market chare, cost, charge, quality, outcomes, patient perspective and financial stability, to determine an overall score for each hospital.

“Awards like this are a measure of how well we are doing,” concluded Keller. “We do not strive for honors and awards for their own sake. We do it because of our commitment to the community.”

To learn more about the services available at Bluffton Hospital, please call 419.358.9010.


Bluffton Hospital is a division of Blanchard Valley Health System, which provides a total continuum of care to more than 100,000 households in an eight-county area. The BVHS mission is to provide a broad continuum of exceptional health-related services in Northwest Ohio.

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