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Rockcastle Regional named a Best Place to Work in Kentucky

Rockcastle Regional Hospital and Respiratory Care Center has been named a Best Place to Work in Kentucky for 2017 by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management (KYSHRM). This is Rockcastle Regional’s second year-in-a-row to be named to the list.

“We are incredibly proud to be named a Best Place to Work in Kentucky,” said Carmen Poynter, human resources director at Rockcastle Regional. “Our goal is to create a work environment that attracts talented individuals who choose to be employed at Rockcastle Regional because they believe in our mission and core values. Our employees take great pride in being part of a team that conducts purposeful, worthwhile, and meaningful work.”

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 678 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.

“Engaged employees who are dedicated to the highest standards of job performance are the foundation for great organizations,” said Stephen A. Estes, Rockcastle Regional president and CEO. “For healthcare organizations in particular, studies have shown a correlation in engaged employees and the delivery of higher quality care, resulting in better health outcomes for patients. That’s why we are committed to creating the best workplace for our employees, because ultimately, that’s what’s best for our patients.”

Rockcastle Regional will be recognized at an awards dinner on April 26 where the final winner rankings will be announced.

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Rockcastle Regional Hospital and Respiratory Care Center is a not-for-profit community healthcare system that operates an emergency department, outpatient services, a 20-bed acute care hospital, a 99-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 2013-2015, was recognized with the Women’s Choice Award as an America’s Best Emergency Care Hospital in 2015 and 2016, and a recipient of the 2013 Jackson Healthcare Charitable Services Award. For more information, please visit

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