Hamilton's hospital has been named one of the top 100 Critical Access hospitals in the nation.

Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital CEO John Bartos said the iVantage Health Analytics rankings in March listed the Hamilton among the top hospitals that provide the nation's best rural safety-net institutions.

Bartos told KLYQ News that the scorecard evaluates market conditions, clinical and operational performance, and financial and qualitative outcomes.

The staff gathered Thursday in front of the main entrance for a group photo with the banner promoting the award. After the photos, the employees listened to a few words from Bartos, toasted the achievement with apple cider and then went back to work.