Sutter Amador Named One of Nation’s Top Rural Hospitals
Mar 25, 2021
Gary Zavoral
Sutter Amador Hospital at night

JACKSON, Calif. – Sutter Amador Hospital this month was named one of the top 100 rural and community hospitals in the United States for 2021 by the Chartis Center for Rural Health, and it is the only California hospital that made this year’s list.

“This honor is especially significant coming this year after encountering a public health crisis that has been especially difficult for our region,” said Sutter Amador Hospital CEO Tom Dickson. “But our doctors, nurses and support staff have come together to provide consistently excellent care, and this honor just solidifies that hard work and dedication.”

To determine the top 100 rural hospitals, the Chartis Center used the Hospital Strength Index, which assesses performance in eight pillars of performance: inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspective, cost, charge and financial efficiency.

“The Top 100 program continues to illuminate strategies and innovation for delivering higher quality care and better outcomes within rural communities,” said Michael Topchik, national leader of the Chartis Center for Rural Health. “We are delighted to be able to spotlight the efforts of these facilities through the Index framework.”

Over the course of the last 11 years, the Chartis Center Index has grown to become the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. The Index framework is widely used across the nation by independent rural hospitals, health systems with rural footprints and state offices of rural health, which provide access to Index analytics through grant-funded initiatives.

The complete list of the 2021 Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals can be found at

Sutter Amador Hospital’s rich history of providing care for residents of Amador and neighboring counties dates back to 1876. Today, the community-based, not-for-profit Sutter Amador Hospital has 52 licensed beds and is the only hospital in Amador County, serving a population of more than 40,000.

Sutter Amador provides comprehensive services, including 24-hour emergency care, critical care, diagnostic imaging, a family birth center, surgery, orthopedics and laboratory services. It is a Baby-Friendly Hospital and is fully accredited by The Joint Commission.

As a Sutter Health affiliate, the hospital has access to shared clinical resources and expertise, with more than 3,400 doctors and 24 hospitals throughout Northern California. For more on Sutter Health and Sutter Amador Hospital, go to

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