National Recognitions

We are proud to be a four-time winner of the Top 100 Hospital award by Thomson Reuters Top Hospitals.  But the honor does not stop there.  Rutherford Regional was also selected as a Top 100 Hospitals Everest Award Winner for National Benchmarks which honors a special group of the 100 Top Hospitals National award winners.

What does all this mean for our patients?  National award winners have higher survival rates, keep more patients complication-free, and attract more patients - all while maintaining financial stability.  If all inpatients across the country received the same level of care as those in the 100 Top Hospitals:

  • More patients would survive each year;
  • More patient complications would be avoided annually;
  • Hospital expenses would decline;
  • The average patient stay would decrease

The Everest Award from Thomson Reuters recognizes a hospital's rate of long-term improvement and establishes Rutherford Regional as a national benchmark against which other hospitals will be compared.


September 2012

Rutherford Regional Places in Top 18 Percent of Hospitals Nationally, Earns 'Top Performer on Key Quality MeasuresTM' Recognition from The Joint Commission

RUTHERFORDTON, NC - Rutherford Regional Health System has been named one of the nation's Top Performers on Key Quality Meausres for 2012 by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America.  Specifically, Rutherford Regional was recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performace in improving care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care.

Rutherford Regional is one of 620 hospitals in the U.S. earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance.  The ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2011 calendar year.  The list of Top Performers represents 18 percent of all accredited hospitals reporting data.

Top performing hospitals met two 95 percent performance thresholds on 2011 accountability measure data.  First, they achieved performace of 95 percent or above on the composite score that includes all the accountability meausres for which data are reported to The Joint Commission.  Second, recognized hosiptals met or exceeded a 95 percent performance target for each and every accountability measure for which they report data.  A 95 percent score means a hospital provided an evidence-based practice 95 times out of 100 opportunities to provide the practice - for example, giving aspirin at arrival for heart attack patients, giving antibiotics one hour before surgery, and providing a home management plan for children with asthma.

"We understand that what matters most to patients at Rutherford Regional is safe, effective and quality care.  That's why we have made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes.  It's an honor and a testament to our caregivers to be named to the list of The Joint Commission's Top Performers on Key Quality Meausres," said Cindy Buck, CEO of Rutherford Regional Health System.

Rutherford Regional is now among those included in The Joint Commission's "Improving America's Hospitals" annual report, and will be recognized on The Joint Commission's Quality Check website. The Top Performer program will be featured in the November issue of The Joint Commission Perspectives and the October issue of The Joint Commission: The Source.

July 2012

RRHS Gains Two National Recognitions


RUTHERFORDTON, NC - Rutherford Regional Health System (RRHS) in July was honored with two national recognitions, including being named one of America's 100 Great Community Hospitals by Becker's Hospital review of Chicago, IL. In addition, RRHS was named a Community Value Leadership Award Five-Star Hospital for 2012 by Cleverley & Associates, a national financial consulting firm of Columbus, Ohio.

This is the third consecutive year that Rutherford Regional has received national recognition by Becker's Hospital Review and the fourth year Cleverley & Associates has praised RRHS for grading highly among providers who provide exceptional value to their communitites.

In giving RRHS the title of one of america's 100 Great Community Hospitals, Becker's Hospital Review explained that, "Community hospitals are a critical component to the American healthcare contiuum. These hospitals are often the anchors of health and employment within their communities, providing patients with top-quality care close to home. The 100 Great Community Hospitals have demonstrated commitments to the health of their local population through clinical excellence, community involvement and various other efforts."

To compile its list Becher's analyzed information, recognition and rankings from a variety of industry sources, including iVantage Health Analytics, Thomson Reuters, HealthGrades and the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The term "community hospital" refers to hospitals with fewer than 550 patient beds and that have minimal teaching programs.

In addition to Rutherford Regional Health System, the following North Carolina hospitals were among the 100 Great Community Hospitals: Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast (Concord), FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital (Pinehurst), Gaston Memorial Hospital (Gastonia), Iredell Memorial Hospital (Statesville), Presbyterian Hospital (Charlotte), and Southeastern Regional Medical Center (Lumberton).

Cleverley & Associates has developed a "Community Value Index (CVI)" that examines approximately 80 critical indicators of hospital financial performance. Specifically, the CVI was created to provide an assessment of a hospital's performance in four areas: financial strength and reinvestment, cost of care, pricing and quality. "The top of hospital value is increasingly being discussed . Issues of pricing and community benefit have been well-publicized but little has been offered outside of this index to measure the broad scope of value," said James Celverley of Cleverley & Associates.

Rutherford was the only system recognized for the Cleverley award from among the region comprising Rutherford, Cleveland, Polk, and McDowell counties as well as Cherokee and Spartanburg (SC) counties.

Cindy Buck, Interim CEO of Rutherford Regional, said, "I'm proud for all RRHS staff, providers and leaders to receive these two very impressive honors, but I am especially pleased that our community can also be proud of the people who give their hearts and souls to this health system. We look forward to many more years of high performance."