Baptist Health Medical Center-Arkadelphia Earns Top 100 Critical Access Hospital Award from The Chartis Center for Rural Health

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. –  Baptist Health Medical Center-Arkadelphia today announced it has been recognized as a 2024 Top 100 Critical Access Hospital by The Chartis Center for Rural Health. Chartis’ annual Top 100 award program recognizes outstanding performance among the nation’s rural hospitals based on the results of the Chartis Rural Hospital Performance INDEX®. 

“It is a great honor for Baptist Health Medical Center-Arkadelphia to be recognized for our steadfast commitment to providing quality care to our patients and be named one of the top 100 critical access hospitals in the country,” said Jay Quebedeaux, president of Baptist Health Medical Center-Arkadelphia. “This recognition is possible because of the outstanding community in which we are located and the support given to us. Our physicians and staff are dedicated to providing quality care. Being a part of a faith based organization such as Baptist Health gives us the tools and resources to provide quality patient-centered services with compassionate care for everyone.”

“During an era of profound uncertainty for rural healthcare, the Top 100 rural hospitals continue to provide a unique lens through which we can identify innovation and inspiration for how to deliver high quality care to increasingly vulnerable populations,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader, The Chartis Center for Rural Health. “We’re delighted to be able to recognize all this year’s Top 100 but especially the more than 40 first-time recipients across both categories. It’s wonderful to see so many new facilities join the ranks of our Top 100 alumni.” 

Now in its 14th year, the INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. 

Featuring a methodology utilizing publicly available data, the INDEX is leveraged nationwide by rural hospitals, health systems with rural affiliates, hospital associations and state offices of rural health to measure and monitor performance across a variety of areas impacting hospital operations and finance.


About Baptist Health

For more than a century, Baptist Health has delivered all our best in health care through Christian compassion and innovative services. Baptist Health, Arkansas’ most comprehensive health care organization, is here For You. For Life. – with more than 250 points of access that include 12 hospitals; urgent care centers; a senior living community; over 100 primary and specialty care clinics; a college with studies in nursing and allied health; and a graduate residency program. It is also the largest private not-for-profit health care organization based in Arkansas, providing care through the support of approximately 11,000 employees, groundbreaking treatments, renowned physicians and community outreach programs. For more information about Baptist Health, visit, call Baptist Health HealthLine at 1-888-BAPTIST or download the myBaptistHealth app