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AMH is a Top 20 Critical Access Hospital in America and the Only “Double-Award” Winner


This spring, Antelope Memorial Hospital was identified as one of the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals in America (out of 1,353). This outstanding award is presented by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA), reflecting AMH’s dedication to exceptional care for its patients. The award’s criteria are based on eight pillars of excellence: inpatient and outpatient share, quality, outcomes, patient perspective, cost, charge and finance.

Antelope Memorial Hospital also qualified in an additional category of excellence, Best Practices in Patient Satisfaction. AMH is the ONLY hospital in the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals to achieve a “double win” among the 2024 winners.

“We are truly honored to be recognized as one of the 2024 Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals in America as well as a Best Practice Hospital in the Patient Satisfaction category,” said Diane Brugger, CEO of Antelope Memorial Hospital. “It’s an amazing accomplishment, reflecting our staff’s commitment to patient care excellence. These prestigious awards truly honor our employees who go the extra mile to provide exceptional care for rural Nebraska.”

Brugger added that in an atmosphere of “healing for the body, mind and spirit”, our staff epitomizes compassion, empathy and professional expertise when caring for our patients. We recognize it’s an honor and privilege to be chosen by our patients as a place to receive care. I commend our staff who have helped make these special awards possible.

An awards ceremony, recognizing Antelope Memorial Hospital and other top 20 CAH winners, will be held during NRHA’s Critical Access Hospital Conference in September in Kansas City, MO.



Antelope Memorial Hospital was recognized as a 2024 Top 20 Critical Access Hospital and a Best Practice Hospital in Patient Satisfaction. AMH is the only hospital in the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals to achieve a “double win” among the 2024 winners. Pictured Above - Front Row (sitting), L-R: Angela Sucha PA-C, Dr. Troy Dawson and Dr. Roger Rudloff. Back Row, L-R: Nicole Miller, Kali Nedrow, Danielle Van Buren, Megan Funk, Katelyn Hurlbert, Madison Schaffer, Kristen Kester, Shelley Sands, Sarah Luebe, Karissa Evans and Trisha Murray.



Pictured above. Front Row (sitting), L-R: Corrie Reynolds, Diane Brugger (CEO), Savannah Henn and Natalie Ward. Second Row (kneeling), L-R: Diane Grosserode, Donna Vice, Adysen Boggs, Cassy Wright, Merry Sprout, Tawnya Jensen, Lesley Flenniken, Karol Michael, Kelly Couch and Sarah Dunn. Third Row, L-R: Sarah Carlin, Erin Miller, Lauren Kinney, Amanda Wolff APRN, Anne Labenz, Vanessa Carpenter, Donna Keetle, Frances Barrington, Melodie Funk, Dennis Schwager, Michelle Stearns, Juliana Knutson, Cindy Rice and Deana Bly. Fourth Row, L-R: Virginia Seier, Diann Arehart, Philip Hart, Marvi Pruden, Wendy Voborny, Jeanette Henn, Peggy Green, Martha Nelson, Heather Dawson, Karen Dietz, Molly Navratil, Megan Becklun, Kyle Mosel, Diane Carpenter, Jan Heithoff and Shane Livelsberger. Back Row, L-R: Randee Wright, Jim Meuret (AMH Board Member), Ryan Gallagher and Charlotte Schaffer.


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