>Cherry County Hospital Earns Top 100 Critical Access Hospital Award

Cherry County Hospital in Valentine, NE today announced it has been recognized as a 2024 Top 100 Critical Access Hospital by The Chartis Center for Rural Health. Chartis’ annual Top 100 award program recognizes outstanding performance among the nation’s rural hospitals based on the results of the Chartis Rural Hospital Performance INDEX®.

“During an era of profound uncertainty for rural healthcare, the Top 100 rural hospitals continue to provide a unique lens through which we can identify innovation and inspiration for how to deliver high quality care to increasingly vulnerable populations,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader, The Chartis Center for Rural Health. “We’re delighted to be able to recognize all this year’s Top 100 but especially the more than 40 first-time recipients across both categories. It’s wonderful to see so many new facilities join the ranks of our Top 100 alumni.”

Now in its 14th year, the INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. Featuring a methodology utilizing publicly available data, the INDEX is leveraged nationwide by rural hospitals, health systems with rural affiliates, hospital associations, and state offices of rural health to measure and monitor performance across a variety of areas impacting hospital operations and finance.


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New Exciting News!

Cherry County Hospital and Clinic signs with MEDITECH's Expanse MaaS Platform

Nebraska Health System Unifies EHRs with Meditech Expanse

Recent EHR Investments Focus on Interoperability, Patient Experience

In addition to its nine MaaS signings, several additional healthcare organizations also signed for Expanse in Q4, including Cherry County Hospital and Clinic (Valentine, NE). CCH is focused on providing personalized, quality, progressive healthcare services for the citizens of Valentine and surrounding communities. Their transition to Expanse was based around their goals of maintaining autonomy, ensuring operational excellence, and bringing together their hospital, clinics, and home care under a single EHR.

"Expanse will help our providers navigate patient records with ease and efficiency, decreasing the time we spend on administrative tasks and increasing the time we spend with patients," said CCH Physician Champion Dr. Allegra M. Ponshock.

CNO Nancy Hicks-Arsenault noted the benefits CCH's one record approach offers to patients: "With improved access to their own health records, patients can be more involved in healthcare decisions at their convenience and on an ongoing basis."

Exciting News!

Cherry County Hospital and Clinic and Valentine Medical Clinic are uniting! We are thrilled to bring our two great teams together and continue to provide our community with the amazing care you deserve.

Thank you for your support as we make this transition!




Cherry County Hospital would like to welcome our new Gastroenterologist!


The Cherry County Hospital welcomes Gastroenterologist Jeffrey Cloud, M.D. to Valentine. Dr. Cloud is an established and highly skilled physician, treating patients with complex and chronic gastrointestinal conditions.
He is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Gastroenterology. When he is not providing care to his patients he enjoys spending time outdoors.
He is a proud husband and father of 2 incredible boys.
Schedule your appointment now with Dr. Cloud


Cherry County Hospital would like to welcome our new Urologist!


The Cherry County Hospital welcomes Urologist Robert Santa-Cruz, M.D. to Valentine. Dr. Santa-Cruz is a 20+ year member of the American Urology Association and the Society of Robotic Surgery. He is a published author, with articles on minimally invasive kidney surgery techniques. He enjoys bringing his state of the art medicine to more rural medical practice locations. In his free time he enjoys spending time in the outdoors with his wife and children, and playing golf. Schedule your appointment now with Dr. Santa-Cruz!