RMC honored by parent company

Rockdale Medical Center was awarded LifePoint Hospitals’ High Five Award, the company’s highest honor, at LifePoint’s annual hospital leadership conference March 10 in Nashville, Tenn.

LifePoint Hospitals, of which Rockdale Medical Center is a part, honored five of its 61 hospitals that performed most impressively in 2013 in the areas the company calls its High Five Guiding Principles.

The High Five Guiding Principles are incorporated into the company’s culture and are the standards its hospitals work towards, according to a press release from RMC.

Principles include delivering high quality patient care, supporting physicians, creating excellent workplace for employees, strengthening the hospitals’ role in the communities and ensuring fiscal responsibility.

The award was accepted by the RMC leadership team on behalf of the entire hospital staff. With the award, the hospital received a check from LifePoint in the amount of $100,000 to be used to invest in facility improvements and technology as the hospital continues to grow and enhance its medical services.

According to the release, Rockdale Medical Center was selected as a High Five winner for: maintaining strong operational performance; improving physician engagement and physician satisfaction scores; recruiting 11 new physicians; receiving Primary Stroke Center certification by The Joint Commission; earning recognition as a Top Performer in Key Quality Metrics by The Joint Commissio; being recognized by Consumer Reports as a top performer in Surgical Safety metrics; and exceeding Hospital Engagement Network goals for enhanced quality and patient safety.

“Since joining LifePoint Hospitals five years ago, we have been given the opportunities and financial capital to invest in hospital service lines, programs, equipment and staff to better meet the health care needs of our community,”said Deborah Armstrong, Rockdale Medical Center CEO, in the release.

“For example, last year, we opened a new Level III NICU and, most recently, we earned Primary Stroke Center certification from The Joint Commission. These programs allow us to provide the same high quality care found in downtown Atlanta locally in our community.”

With a staff of approximately 1,200 people, RMC is one of the largest employers in the county and has a payroll of nearly $60 million annually. The 138-bed acute-care hospital offers an extensive range of inpatient and outpatient services and technology.

“Our hospital’s strong focus on quality, service and safety by our employees and medical staff has produced exceptional results and ultimately improved access to quality care in our community. We are very proud to carry the spirit of being a High Five award winner and are committed to making our community healthier,” Armstrong said.