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Pikeville hospital gets two honors

Pikeville Medical Center has received two more national honors.

The hospital has won a “Hospital of Choice Award” recognizing it as being one of America’ most customerfriendly hospitals. PMC also learned it being listed by U.S. News and World Report as one of 247 high-performing hospitals located outside a major metropolitan area.

Pikeville Medical Center is ranked in the Top 10 of the more than 400 hospitals nationwide that were considered for the Hospital of Choice Award, and is the only Kentucky hospital to receive the recognition.

Other hospitals receiving the award include the Mayo Clinic, University of California-Davis Medical Center, George Washington University Hospital, Johns Hopkins Hospital and Vanderbilt University Hospital.

The Hospital of Choice Award requires a review of six principal areas of consideration, including Standards of Conduct, Performance Management and Improvement, Staff Development and Training, Systems of Communication, Good Citizenship, and Educational and Promotional Material available to consumers.

“I have always believed that the people of our region deserve health care that is ‘better than,’ not just ‘as good as’ health care available at large metropolitan hospitals,” said Walter May, president and CEO of PMC. “As Pikeville Medical Center continues to be recognized alongside hospitals like Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins, we see that vision becoming a reality.”

U.S. News & World Report annually publishes its “best hospitals” rankings in July. At the midpoint of the 2011- 12 year, its editors have now recognized 247 hospitals outside major metropolitan areas, including Pikeville, as Best Regional Hospitals.

“This award from U.S. News & World Report is another example of the national reputation we have earned for excellence,” said May. “ We set out to become a regional referral center, and with nearly 2,000 patients transferred to us from other hospitals last year, we have achieved that goal. Every day more hospitals and physicians realize that the best next step for their patients who need specialized treatment, is to come to Pikeville Medical Center.”

Hospitals like Pikeville Medical Center offer a high level of medical care to communities that otherwise might have limited options, says Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. “All Best Regional Hospitals are what we call ‘high performers’ in at least one medical specialty,” Comarow said. “They are fully capable of providing first-rate care, even to most patients who have serious conditions or need demanding procedures.”

U.S. News annually evaluates nearly 5,000 hospitals in 16 different medical specialties.

Pikeville Medical Center is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Heart Surgery and offers more than 300 services ranging from cardiac and cancer care to orthopedic and neurosurgery programs. tucky for five years.

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