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Camp Rock Heroes

Camp Rock Heroes is an all-day summer camp designed to reach out to children who have a parent receiving cancer treatments or who have lost a parent to cancer. Serving children ages 6 through 16, campers will enjoy a fun-filled day with other children going through similar life experiences.

While at Camp Rock Heroes, campers will form lifelong friendships and build a support system that will follow them beyond the effects of cancer on their lives.

Camp Date: Friday, July 20 8 am – 8 pm

Camp Location: Kentucky Christian Assembly in Brodhead Kentucky

Contact: Stephanie Hines at or 606-256-7484

*Children will be served breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Longest Day of Play Event

Longest Day of Play Event

Join us Tuesday, July 31, 2018 – 5:30 p.m. at Rockcastle Middle School for this annual free community event for Rockcastle County families featuring educational booths, a light meal, inflatables, a dunking book, Rockcastle Shaolin Do Karate demonstration, and activities for children of all ages! For more information, contact Taylor Readnower at (606) 256-0950 or Melinda Osborne at (606) 256-2242 ext. 118.

Fit Family Run

This event is your chance to get in a workout while raising money for great causes. The Half Hour Charity Chase is this: Run or walk around the track as many times as you can in 30 minutes, and Rockcastle Regional Hospital will donate $1 for every lap you complete to the charity you chose upon registering (a list of charities will be provided). The popular fastest-kid-in-town race and family relay race will also be held and are sure to be as fun as ever. In addition, we’re adding our 100/50, a 100-yard dash for anyone 50 and older. As in years past, the registration fee is a canned good that goes to the Grateful Bread Food Pantry. (Limit 200 participants in the Charity Chase). For more information, click here.

Rockcastle Regional helps smokers kick butt

For more information about the smoking cessation program, call Morgan Bray at (606)256-7704.

Rockcastle Regional named a “Best Places to Work in Kentucky”

Rockcastle Regional Hospital and Respiratory Care Center has been named a “Best Places to Work in Kentucky” for 2018 by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management (KYSHRM).

“We are incredibly proud to be recognized by Best Places for the third year-in-a-row,” said Carmen Poynter, human resources director at Rockcastle Regional. “Our goal is to attract, hire, and retain individuals who embody our mission and core values. We are passionate about creating a workplace environment where our employees feel valued and are able to succeed.”

Winners from across the state have been selected in three categories: small companies of 15-149 employees, medium companies of 150-499 employees, and large companies consisting of 500 or more employees. Rockcastle Regional was named a winner in the large company category based on its more than 800 employees. The selection process, managed by Best Companies Group, is based on an assessment of the company’s employee policies and procedures and the results of an internal employee survey.

The competition is a multi-year initiative designed to motivate companies in the Commonwealth to focus, measure, and move their workplace environments toward excellence.

“We are nationally recognized for the quality care we provide for our patients,” said Stephen A. Estes, Rockcastle Regional president and CEO. “This award shows the commitment we also have to our employees. Our goal is to be the destination employer in the region by cultivating an atmosphere where our employees have the opportunity to do purposeful, worthwhile, and meaningful work. This award is a testament to the work our employees do every day.”

Rockcastle Regional was recognized for this achievement at an awards dinner on April 17 in Lexington, KY.

For more information about career opportunities at Rockcastle Regional, or to apply for a job, please visit

Rockcastle Regional recognized by women for excellent care

Rockcastle Regional Hospital & Respiratory Care Center has been recognized by Women’s Choice Award for two of their top distinctions.

The emergency department at Rockcastle Regional received the Women’s Choice Award for being one of America’s Best Hospitals for Emergency Care for the third year.

Rockcastle Regional Hospital was named one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience in the nation among hospitals of similar bed size. This is the sixth consecutive year the organization has been a recipient of Women’s Choice Award’s most prestigious honor.

The methodology used to select Rockcastle Regional for both of these awards is unique in that it evaluates specific Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey results along with primary research about women’s healthcare preferences.

The Women’s Choice Award collects the data for the following HCAHPS survey measures and uses a weighted average to award the best hospitals for each area:

Emergency Department
•Time to admission
•Time from admission to room
•Door to diagnosis

Criteria for selecting Rockcastle Regional’s emergency department as one of America’s best also included the:
•Average time before outpatients with chest pain or a possible heart attack received an ECG
•Average time patients with broken bones had to wait before getting pain medication

This award is especially significant given that long waits and high crowding can negatively impact patient outcomes, including patients leaving without receiving medical treatment, longer overall length of hospital stay, and an increase in mortality rates.

Patient Experience
•Effective communication with nurses and doctors
•Responsiveness to requests for help
•Pain management
•Explanation about medications before being administered
•Bathroom and room cleanliness
•Patient recommendation rating

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, good patient experience positively correlates to disease management, adherence to treatment plans, and health outcomes.

Only Kentucky hospital with a 5-star CMS rating

Rockcastle Regional Hospital and Respiratory Care Center is the only hospital in Kentucky to receive a five-star rating by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for patient experience.
The rating is based on eleven areas of the patient experience, including nurse and doctor communication, cleanliness of the facility, staff responsiveness, pain management, and clarity of discharge instructions.

“Earning this rating is a reflection of the commitment our employees have to providing the best experience for our patients to achieve the best health outcomes,” said Cynthia Burton, RN, chief nursing officer.

The rating was awarded based on information from surveys reported between July 2015 and June 2016. The survey, known as the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Survey (HCAHPS), collects feedback from patients after their stay in the hospital.

“We have been using feedback from the HCAHPS surveys since 2006,” said Tammy Brock, RN, MSN, CPHRM, director of quality and patient safety at Rockcastle Regional. “This information helps us identify areas where we excel so we can further enhance that high level of service. If it reflects an aspect of care that needs development, we implement a change process to improve it.”

In Kentucky, Rockcastle Regional is the only five-star rated hospital. Forty-five percent of hospitals in the state received four stars, while another forty-five percent received three stars. Eight percent of hospitals received a two-star rating and there were no facilities rated one star.

Of the 3,436 hospitals included in the rating nationally, only five percent received a five-star rating. About a third of hospitals received a four-star rating. Forty-three percent received a three-star rating, while 16 percent received two stars, and two percent received one star.

Rockcastle Regional Hospital and Respiratory Care Center is a not-for-profit community healthcare system that operates an emergency department, a 20-bed acute care hospital, outpatient services, a 127-bed long-term care program for residents dependent upon mechanical ventilation and three rural health clinics. Rockcastle Regional Hospital was established in 1956 and is accredited by the Joint Commission. The organization is an eight-time Kentucky Hospital Association Quality Award Winner, a U.S. News & World Report Best Nursing Home for 2013 and 2014, a winner of the Women’s Choice Award for America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience each year 2013-2017, named a Women’s Choice Award for one of America’s Best Hospitals for Emergency Care in 2015 and 2016, and a recipient of the 2013 Jackson Healthcare Charitable Services Award. For more information, please visit

Excellence in Patient Care Award

Rockcastle Regional Wins Coveted Studer Group Excellence in Patient Care Award

Hospitals today are tasked with constantly providing higher quality care at a lower cost. Every aspect of the patient experience must be approached with a passion for excellence and an eye toward efficiency and effectiveness. It’s not easy. That’s why receiving an Excellence in Patient Care Award—presented by Studer Group®, a Huron solution—is considered an honor in the industry.

Rockcastle Regional will be awarded that honor in August. Specifically, the Mt. Vernon, KY, organization is being recognized for exemplary results related to communication with doctors as measured by the HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) survey. Organizations receiving this award achieved a ranking at or above the 90th percentile for patients discharged in 2016 as measured by the HCAHPS patient experience survey required by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Excellence in Patient Care Awards are presented annually to a select group of organizations from Studer Group’s partner base of hospitals, health systems, and physician organizations. To be eligible for an award, an organization must demonstrate outstanding performance and achievement in patient care, employee engagement, or physician engagement.

The awards will be presented at the 15th annual What’s Right in Health Care® best practices conference, which will take place Aug. 1-3, 2017, in Chicago, Illinois. The conference attracts administrative and clinical healthcare professionals from the U.S., Canada, Australia, and beyond.

What’s Right in Health Care aims to improve healthcare for patients, physicians, and staff through peer-to-peer sharing of leading practices. Presenters will share the strategies and tactics contributing to their top results in areas such as patient safety, emergency department wait times, and employee satisfaction.

“We are so proud of all the healthcare organizations that are receiving awards for their outstanding results on this survey,” says Debbie Ritchie, president of Studer Group. “Excellent HCAHPS performance is a true reflection of their commitment to engage with patients and provide them the absolute best possible care. We are grateful to work with such passionate, purpose-driven organizations.”


About Studer Group®, a Huron solution: Studer Group is an outcomes-based healthcare performance improvement firm that works with healthcare organizations in the United States, Canada, and beyond, teaching them how to achieve, sustain, and accelerate exceptional clinical, operational, and financial results. To learn more about Studer Group, a Huron solution, visit

Board chairman Lambert receives honor

The Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) presented several awards during the Association’s Awards Luncheon on May 19, at the 88th Annual KHA Convention in Lexington. KHA’s Health Care Governance Leadership Award, which recognizes individuals who have had a positive and sustainable impact on the quality of care in their community, was presented to Former Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice Joseph Lambert, board chair of Rockcastle Regional Hospital and Respiratory Care Center in Mount Vernon.

Serving as the board chair of Rockcastle Regional Hospital and Respiratory Care Center, Joseph Lambert has given decades of service to the organization, the local and regional community, and to the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

“I am honored by this award from the hospital association,” Lambert said. “I have been privileged to serve with many other board members, physicians, and members of the hospital staff. They have been, and continue to be, the most dedicated people I have ever known.”

Elected to the Supreme Court of Kentucky in 1986, he served the people of Kentucky as a justice for 22 years. In 1998, he became Kentucky’s fourth chief justice by a majority vote of his fellow justices and was subsequently elected to two additional four-year terms as chief justice. During his tenure, he focused on implementing cutting-edge programs throughout the Commonwealth. Justice Lambert counts among his most significant accomplishments the 2002 passage of the amendment that made Family Court a permanent part of the Kentucky Constitution.

A native of Rockcastle County, Lambert has been steadfast in his support of his local community through his involvement and leadership in various civic organizations. Following in his father’s footsteps, he has served on the board of directors at Rockcastle Regional Hospital since 1988, and was elected chair in 1989.

During his time as chair, the hospital has seen tremendous growth as a regional health care provider and as a well-known leader in community outreach. Beginning with 32 ventilator care beds, and with multiple expansions through the years, the organization will soon become the largest freestanding ventilator-dependent facility in the nation when it opens its newest addition of 28 beds this spring, bringing the total to 121 beds. The Respiratory Care Center has become nationally renowned for this specialized patient population. Accepting pediatric and adult patients from across the Commonwealth and extending to 28 states, Rockcastle Regional has remarkable success with weaning mechanically ventilated patients with an average wean rate of 40 percent.

However, growth has not only been experienced within the Respiratory Care Center. In 1998, a state-of-the-art medical arts complex opened, bringing more than 40 health care specialties to the community. An Outpatient Services Building was added in 2007 and in 2014 a 32,000 square-foot facility, which supports two primary care clinics and a general surgery practice, opened. These efforts significantly increased access to primary and specialty care for patients throughout the region.

Joint Commission accredited since 1999, Rockcastle Regional has also received national recognition for ventilator care and received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Excellence in Patient Care Award from the Studer Group and eight KHA Quality Awards.

It is the strong dedication of individuals like Joseph Lambert that make such accomplishments possible and demonstrate the dedication the KHA Governance Award honors.

Dinner with Dr. Callie Shaffer

You’re invited to a free catered dinner and presentation entitled “Keys to Your Child’s Health” with Dr. Callie Shaffer, Pediatrician. Join us June 20, 2017 from 5:30 – 6:30 pm at Rockcastle Regional Hospital Wellness Center. Door Prizes include 4-pack tickets to Somersplash Waterpark (8 sets available)! To sign up, please call Kayla Rowe at 256-7767 by Monday, June 19.

Brodhead Family Care now open

Finley Hendrickson, M.D., returns to Brodhead to practice family medicine

Rockcastle Regional Hospital and Dr. Finley Hendrickson, along with nurse practitioner Barbara Prather, are bringing family health care to the town of Brodhead.

Brodhead Family Care, part of Rockcastle Regional Hospital’s healthcare system, is now open and offering the same quality services as the hospital’s main campus in Mt. Vernon.

Dr. Hendrickson, a native of Brodhead, and Barbara Prather, an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, are seeing patients there in a newly renovated office building at 46 West Main Street.

Dr. Hendrickson retired from his Danville practice in 2016, and when the opportunity arose, he was ready to begin practicing in his hometown.

“I always thought Brodhead is a place that needs a rural health clinic,” he said. “This gives people in Brodhead and Crab Orchard a place they can go to get the care they need.”

The practice, which is open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, features new exam rooms and equipment. The staff – receptionist Heather Bustle and nurse Hope Johnson – are also from Brodhead.
“I’ve been impressed with the staff and facility,” Dr. Hendrickson said, “and the hospital has been very supportive.”

“We’re very pleased to be able to provide this level of quality care to the residents of Brodhead and Crab Orchard,” said Stephen A. Estes, Rockcastle Regional president and CEO. “With Dr. Hendrickson’s years of experience and the level of respect he has earned, and given that he is from Brodhead, we couldn’t have found a better fit. Add to that the experience of Barbara Prather, and we feel confident that we are meeting the need for family care in Brodhead.”

Prather brings more than 30 years of experience as a nurse in varied settings, but she’s always been attracted to family practice, and she knew that’s what she wanted to pursue once she became a nurse practitioner.

“I chose to be a family nurse practitioner so I could work directly with people of all ages,” said Prather, who lives in Somerset. “I want to help them to live healthier lives.”

To make an appointment or for more information, call 758-4748.

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