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Estes named Fire Starter Hall of Fame Winner

Rockcastle Regional president and CEO Stephen A. Estes was inducted to the 2018 Fire Starter Hall of Fame by Studer Group, a Huron solution, at the 16th annual What’s Right in Healthcare® conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

Estes and three other healthcare leaders from across the United States and Canada were named winners:

• Steve Estes, President and CEO, Rockcastle Regional Hospital Respiratory Care, Mt. Vernon, Kentucky
• Linda Deering-Dean, President, Advocate Sherman Hospital, Elgin, Illinois
• Dr. Bernard Leduc, President and CEO, Hopital Montfort, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
• Robert Early, President and CEO, JPS Health Network, Fort Worth, Texas

The Fire Starter Hall of Fame Award recognizes leaders who work daily to identify innovative solutions while facing unprecedented pressures. These leaders are committed to driving excellence while keeping the true spirit and culture of their organization alive and flourishing. Since its inception in 2004, Studer Group has inducted more than 60 healthcare leaders to the Fire Starter Hall of Fame.

“Our 2018 Hall of Fame inductees are transforming the future of healthcare,” says Debbie Ritchie, president of Studer Group. “They are passionate, forward thinkers who refuse to let the challenges and disruption in healthcare hinder progress and positive momentum. We are thrilled to work alongside and honor them for making a difference.”

“It is an honor to be recognized by Studer Group with this award,” said Rockcastle Regional President and CEO Steve Estes. “This is a testament to the work our employees do every day to ensure the safety and best health outcomes for our patients. In today’s healthcare environment, it is essential to look inward at your own processes and find ways to continually improve the way things are done, always striving to improve the patient experience. That is how success is achieved, and that is how we, at Rockcastle Regional, continue to be innovators in our field.”

About Studer Group, a Huron solution: Studer Group is an outcomes-based healthcare performance improvement firm that partners with healthcare organizations in the United States, Canada, and beyond, teaching them how to achieve, sustain, and accelerate exceptional clinical, operational, and financial results. It’s this commitment to helping organizations accelerate their ability to execute that led to Studer Group receiving the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. To learn more about Studer Group visit

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