Mt. San Rafael Hospital Designated a 2022 Top 100 Critical Access Hospital

by The Chartis Center for Rural Health


TRINIDAD, CO – Mt. San Rafael Hospital was recently 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™.

“Despite unprecedented adversity rural providers continue to display resiliency and a steadfast commitment to their communities,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader, The Chartis Center for Rural Health. “Honoring the Top 100 is one of the highpoints 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.”

“We are really excited and so honored to have received this rating.  Everyone at the hospital and clinics has shown they are absolutely 100 percent committed in their work on behalf of patients and dedicated to our goals and mission,” said John Tucker, CEO of Mt. San Rafael Hospital.  “There are approximately 1400 Critical Access Hospitals in the country, so we are very fortunate to have been included in 2022’s Top 100; especially since one of our Strategic Plan metrics was to be a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital by 2024.  This rating comes from the outstanding efforts of our physician and nursing teams and staff in their diligence and compassion for quality, personalized care.”

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.


About Mt. San Rafael Hospital

Mt. San Rafael Hospital is a 25-bed critical access facility serving the medical and surgical needs of Trinidad residents and the surrounding areas.  Our vision at Mt. San Rafael Hospital is compassionate staff providing quality healthcare services with regional partnerships to enhance the health, wellbeing and quality of life in our community.  For more information about the hospital or the Chartis Top 100 rating, please contact Kim Lucero, Director of Development and Ancillary Operations, at (719) 846-8053 or via email at

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