Mee Memorial Healthcare System Earns Critical Access Hospital Designation

Mee Memorial Healthcare System has been certified as a Critical Access Hospital, earning approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services after several years of pursuit.

The process began in 2016 and officially went into effect this year on June 25.

“Lower patient volumes, higher expenses and changes in reimbursement are affecting hospitals of all sizes across the region and country,” said Rena Salamacha, Mee Memorial interim CEO, in an announcement July 14. “Achieving Critical Access Hospital status is one of the significant strategic planning steps taken by Mee Memorial Healthcare System to address these challenges and ensure the long-term success of the hospital.”  (