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Marty Guthmiller named among “50 Hospital CEOs to Know”

Marty GuthmillerMartin Guthmiller, CEO of Orange City Area Health System (OCAHS), has been named on Becker’s Hospital Review list of “50 Critical Access Hospital CEOs to Know.” According to the publication, the administrators, presidents, CEOs and other executives on this list lead the hospitals on Becker’s “50 Critical Access Hospitals to Know” list, which includes OCAHS. “Under their leadership and guidance, their hospitals have achieved success and earned recognitions from multiple reputable organizations.”

“Marty is a unique leader who is able to combine vision with details — a bit like a poet who is also an accountant” reported Randy Jacobsma, Chair of Orange City Area Health System’s Board of Trustees, “The combination of these qualities gives him the ability to see big initiatives and also execute them.”

This is the first year that Becker’s has published the “50 Critical Access Hospitals to Know” and the “50 Critical Access Hospital CEOs to Know” lists.

Orange City Area Health System is a comprehensive health system including four family medicine clinics, sports medicine clinic, behavioral health clinic, surgical services, birth center, physical and aquatic therapy, home health and hospice, and a senior care campus.


$1.2 million in uncompensated care and healthcare services given annually

Orange City Area Health System (OCAHS) provides nearly $1.2 million in community benefits to the region, according to a recently completed assessment of those programs and services. That amount, based on 2014 figures, includes over $700,000 in uncompensated care and nearly $500,000 in free or discounted community benefits that OCAHS specifically implements to help residents.

Community benefits are activities designed to improve health status and increase access to health care. Along with uncompensated care (which includes both charity care and bad debt), community benefits include such services and programs as health screenings, support groups, counseling, immunizations, nutritional services, and transportation programs.

The results for OCAHS are included in a statewide report by the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA) that shows Iowa hospitals provided community benefits in 2014 valued at nearly $1.2 billion. All 118 of Iowa’s community hospitals participated in the survey.

“We have a long-standing belief in, and continued commitment to, the ‘rising tide floats all boats’ philosophy,” stated Marty Guthmiller, CEO of Orange City Area Health System. “Our Board and our organization take very seriously our responsibilities in our region to serve and dedicate resources to the benefit of all.”

The programs and services accounted for in the survey were implemented in direct response to the needs of individual communities as well as entire counties and regions. Many of these programs and services simply would not exist without hospital support and leadership, said IHA President and CEO Kirk Norris.

50_Critical Access_2015For the first time, Becker’s Hospital Review has published a list of “50 Critical Access Hospitals to Know” in the United States, and we are honored that Orange City Area Health System is on this list.

This list features Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) that “have demonstrated excellence in caring for their communities.” According to Becker’s Hospital Review, “Providing quality healthcare in a rural setting presents its own set of specific challenges, but these organizations are rising above to meet the needs of their patients.”

The editorial team selected hospitals for inclusion based on recognitions they have received, specifically the iVantage list of Top 100 CAHs, the National Rural Health Association’s list of Top 20 CAHs (OCAHS has been on both of these lists the past two years), and patient satisfaction scores from CMS’ Hospital Compare.

Thank you to our team of dedicated colleagues who deliver quality care based on our Core Values every day. And to the patients and families in Northwest Iowa who trust us to be their partners for a lifetime of care.

For a list of the “50 Critical Access Hospitals to Know” click here: