Nine Aspirus Hospitals Recognized for Performance Leadership by The Chartis Center for Rural Health

As part of National Rural Health Day, Aspirus is proud to announce that nine of our hospitals were recognized with 2023 Performance Leadership Awards for excellence in the categories of Quality, Outcomes, and Patient Perspective.


The Performance Leadership Awards are compiled by the Chartis Center for Rural Health to determine top quartile performance (i.e., 75th percentile or above) among rural hospitals.


The following Aspirus hospitals were recognized in the corresponding categories:



Aspirus Iron River Hospital

Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital

Aspirus Stanley Hospital

Aspirus Tomahawk Hospital



Aspirus Eagle River Hospital

Aspirus Langlade Hospital

Aspirus Merrill Hospital

Howard Young Medical Center


Patient Perspective

Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital

Howard Young Medical Center



“These recognitions demonstrate the commitment of our exceptional health care teams,” says Jesse Tischer, Aspirus SVP & President of Regional Markets. “Providing rural health care is a growing challenge and we are committed to making sure our communities have high-quality options.”


“Wherever we go in rural America, we witness first-hand the commitment, determination, and compassion with which rural hospitals serve their communities. Rural healthcare truly is mission-driven,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader, The Chartis Center for Rural Health.


The Performance Leadership Awards are based on the results of the Chartis Rural Hospital Performance INDEX®, the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. INDEX data is relied upon by rural hospitals, health systems with rural footprints, hospital associations and state offices of rural health around the country to measure and monitor performance across several areas impacting hospital operations and finance.