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Adams County Regional Medical Center is considered a Critical Access Hospital (CAH). CAH is a designation given to eligible rural hospitals by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Congress created the CAH designation through the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 in response to over 400 rural hospital closures during the 1980s and early 1990s. Since its creation, Congress has amended the CAH designation and related program requirements several times through additional legislation.

The CAH designation is designed to reduce the financial vulnerability of rural hospitals and improve access to healthcare by keeping essential services in rural communities. To accomplish this goal, CAHs receive certain benefits, such as cost-based reimbursement for Medicare services.

Eligible hospitals must meet the following conditions to obtain CAH designation:

  • Have 25 or fewer acute care inpatient beds

  • Be located more than 35 miles from another hospital

  • Maintain an annual average length of stay of 96 hours or less for acute care patients

  • Provide 24/7 emergency care services

At Adams County Regional Medical Center, quality means delivering exceptional health care in patient experience close to home. Our goal is to exceed the expectations for the national set standards with care and service to our own community.

To improve quality of care and services, Adams County Hospital requests input from a collection of sources, including information and suggestions we gather as part of our patient care experience, listening to what patients and their family members say about their visits through easy, online surveys. In addition, our employees are surveyed annually regarding their work place experience with Safety and Quality. Survey results from both groups are carefully reviewed by the quality improvement team and human resources departments, and then shared with the board of directors, managers and staff.

Our focus on quality improvement has directed us to create new patient and community services, expand our service areas and increase outreach to our vulnerable patient populations.

ACRMC Family Medicine

With five convenient locations, ACRMC Family Medicine makes it easy to receive medical care for your entire family.

Emergency Care

The Bruce Ashley, M.D. Emergency Care Center is dedicated to treating all patients with dignity and compassion while providing them with the highest quality of care.