Baptist Health Medical Center in Heber Springs Designated a 2022 Top 100 Critical Access Hospital in the Nation

Baptist Health Medical Center-Heber Springs today announced it has been recognized as a 2022 Top 100 Critical Access Hospital. Compiled by The Chartis Center for Rural Health, this annual recognition program honors outstanding performance among the nation’s rural hospitals based on the results of the Chartis Rural Hospital Performance INDEX™.

“We are honored to be recognized by The Chartis Center for Rural Health for our commitment to quality patient care,” said Kevin Storey, president of Baptist Health Medical Center-Heber Springs. “Ultimately, we do not seek to earn awards, but it is nice to be recognized for the efforts our team puts forth in caring for our patients every day.”

“Despite unprecedented adversity, rural providers continue to display resiliency and a steadfast commitment to their communities,” said Michael Topchik, national leader with The Chartis Center for Rural Health. “Honoring the Top 100 is one of the high points of our year. We are delighted to recognize the exceptional performance and innovation of this year’s recipients, particularly in light of the extraordinary challenges facing America’s rural health safety net.” 

Over the course of the last 12 years, the INDEX has established itself as the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. Leveraging publicly available data, the INDEX is trusted by rural hospitals, health systems with rural footprints, hospital associations and state offices of rural health across the country to measure and monitor performance across a variety of areas impacting hospital operations and finance.

Baptist Health Medical Center-Heber Springs is committed to serving Heber Springs and surrounding communities with a complete range of medical services and support groups. Learn more about the hospital and its services by visiting its website at or by calling Baptist Health HealthLine at 1-888-BAPTIST.