For the first time, Becker's Hospital Review has published a list of "50 Critical Access Hospitals to Know" in the United States and Waldo County General Hospital is included.

The list features critical access hospitals that have demonstrated excellence in caring for their communities. Providing quality health care in a rural setting presents its own set of specific challenges, but listed organizations are rising to the challenge in meeting patient needs.

The Becker's Hospital Review editorial team selected hospitals for inclusion based on awards and recognition they have received. Specifically, the team looked at iVantage Health Analytics' list of Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals, the National Rural Health Association's list of Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals, patient satisfaction scores from CMS's Hospital Compare and various Healthgrades awards.

The full list for 50 Critical Access Hospitals to Know can be found online at