Mark Twain Medical Center in San Andreas has been named to a list of Top Rural Hospitals of 2016.

Formerly known as Mark Twain Hospital and founded in 1951, the 25-bed, critical access facility provides inpatient acute care, outpatient services and emergency services.

Mark Twain Medical Center is operated by Dignity Health of San Francisco. Dignity Health bills itself as “the largest hospital provider in California” and “the fifth largest not-for-profit health health care system in the nation.”

Staff at Mark Twain Medical Center are touting their recognition as a Top Rural Hospital of 2016, which was first announced by the nonprofit Leapfrog Group in early December. Surveys conducted by the industry watchdog group based in the Nation’s Capital made Mark Twain Medical Center one of 21 rural hospitals to be recognized.

“We set the toughest standards in the industry, so hospitals that excel at Leapfrog deserve the finest recognition we can give them,” Leah Binder, president and chief executive officer of Leapfrog Group, said in December.

Erica Mobley with the Leapfrog Group said Monday the nonprofit invites about 3,800 hospitals nationwide to take part in their survey each year. About 1,900 hospitals took part in the survey that resulted in Mark Twain Medical Center being named a top hospital.

The San Andreas facility was the only one in California named to the Top Rural Hospitals list. Nationally, the Leapfrog Group named 21 Top Rural Hospitals.

Nicki Stevens with Mark Twain Medical Center and Dignity Health marketing said Leapfrog Group recognizes excellence in patient safety and quality care. Stevens also said Mark Twain Medical Center is ranked in a tie for second place in Dignity Health’s No Harm Campaign, a continuing “quality care and patient safety ranking” among its 39 hospitals nationwide.

Stevens says Mark Twain Medical Center employs more than 300 people at the hospital and its five family medical centers.

Dignity Health was founded in 1986. The Leapfrog Group was founded in 2000.

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