Harlan ARH Celebrates 100 Top Hospitals Designation with Community Event


Harlan ARH Hospital held a community event today to celebrate the hospital’s recent designation as one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals.

In addition to a ceremony that included representatives from ARH as well as local and state leaders, hospital employees and the community celebrated with food, music, games and more.

Harlan ARH Hospital was named earlier this year as one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare.

This is the third time Harlan ARH has been recognized with this honor. As a Top 100 Hospital, Harlan ARH is recognized as one of the best in the nation at providing care that is effective, safe and patient-centered. Harlan ARH is the only hospital located in eastern Kentucky to be named to the list.

The Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals® study evaluates performance in 10 areas: mortality; medical complications; patient safety; average patient stay; expenses; profitability; patient satisfaction; adherence to clinical standards of care; post-discharge mortality; and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, and pneumonia. The study has been conducted annually since 1993.

“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized for the third time with such a prestigious award that clearly demonstrates the commitment our medical staff and all our hospital team members have to providing our community quality service-oriented patient care,” said Dan Stone, Harlan ARH Community CEO.

To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Thomson Reuters researchers evaluated 2,914 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals. They used public information — Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website. Hospitals do not apply, and winners do not pay to market this honor.
The winning hospitals were announced in the March 28 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

“This year’s 100 Top Hospitals award winners have delivered exemplary results, despite volatility from healthcare reform," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president at Thomson Reuters. “The leadership teams at these organizations have dealt with enormous ambiguity yet remained focused on mission and excellence across the hospital which drove national benchmarks to new highs.”

ARH President and CEO Jerry W. Haynes said the award is a prime example of the level of medical excellence shown throughout the nine-hospital ARH system.

“This is the second time in the past four years Harlan ARH has received this distinction and the third time overall in the history of the hospital, which speaks to the consistent level of care provided,” Haynes said. “It goes without saying that we are extremely proud of all of our people in Harlan that made this distinction possible, including our employees, medical staff members, local advisory council members, Auxilians, and chaplains.”

More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at www.100tophospitals.com

Harlan ARH is a member of the Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) system. ARH is a not-for-profit health system serving 350,000 residents across Eastern Kentucky and Southern West Virginia. Operating nine hospitals, multi-specialty physician practices, home health agencies, HomeCare Stores and retail pharmacies, ARH is the largest provider of care and single largest employer in southeastern Kentucky and the third largest private employer in southern West Virginia.

The ARH system employs more than 4,700 employees and has a network of more than 600 active and courtesy medical staff members representing various specialties. Firmly committed to its mission of improving the health and promoting the well-being of all people in Eastern Kentucky and Southern West Virginia, in the past 12 months alone, ARH provided more than $120 million in uncompensated care for the uninsured and underinsured.

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