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Baystate Franklin Medical Center named as 2017 Top 100 Rural and Community Hospital

March 01, 2017

Baystate Franklin Medical Center has been named one of the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the United States by iVantage Health Analytics and The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

“This achievement reflects on the dedication of our team members at BFMC and validates our daily commitment to providing the best health care possible to our Franklin community, while maintaining an efficient and effective facility,” said Cindy Russo, president of Baystate Franklin Medical Center and Baystate’s Northern Region. “We are committed to ‘keeping care local’ in Franklin County, while maximizing the resources of the award-winning Baystate Health system. In the past year, we have reinvested in a brand new surgery center and highly-trained staff so that we are able to deliver sophisticated and safe care that our patients and families have come to expect.”

Making the cut

Baystate Franklin Medical Center scored in the top 100 of rural and community hospitals on iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX®. The INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive rating of rural providers. It provides the data foundation for the annual Rural Relevance Study and its results are the basis for many of rural healthcare’s most prominent awards, advocacy efforts and legislative initiatives.

The list of the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals and more information about the study can be found at

The Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals play a key role in providing a safety net to communities across America – and the INDEX measures them across eight pillars of hospital strength: Inpatient Share Ranking, Outpatient Share Ranking, Cost, Charge, Quality, Outcomes, Patient Perspectives, and Financial Stability.

“It’s more important than ever that rural hospitals proactively understand and address performance in the areas of cost, quality, outcomes and patient perspective. iVantage’s INDEX was designed to serve as the industry model,” said Michael Topchik, national leader of the Chartis Center for Rural Health. “Across the spectrum of performance indicators, there are rural providers that are writing the blueprint for success as they transition to value-based healthcare. Our analysis shows that this group of top performers exhibits a focused concern for their community needs.”

About Baystate Franklin Medical Center

Baystate Franklin Medical Center (BFMC) is an 89-bed community hospital, rooted in a rich tradition of service and accountability to the people of the greater Franklin County area. As a member of Baystate Health, BFMC is directly affiliated with Baystate Medical Center in Springfield — the regional campus of the University of Massachusetts Medical School - Baystate.

About the Chartis Group and iVantage Health Analytics

The Chartis Group (Chartis) is a national advisory services firm dedicated to the healthcare industry. Chartis provides strategic planning, value-based care, advanced performance, informatics and technology consulting services as well as leading-edge decision support tools to the country’s leading healthcare providers. The Chartis Center for Rural Health (CCRH) was formed in 2016 to offer tailored services, performance management solutions, research and education to rural hospitals and facilities. Learn more about The Chartis Group.

iVantage Health Analytics is a subsidiary of The Chartis Group and a leading provider of healthcare analytic and performance management analytic tools. Health system and hospital leadership teams across the country rely on the company’s software and services to deliver customized insights on clinical and financial performance, strategic planning, market assessment and payment optimization. iVantage’s analytics are the basis of continuing thought leadership and insight in the areas of healthcare policy and research. Learn more at