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Clark Regional Medical Center recognized by LifePoint Health

Earns High Five Award; CNO of the Year

WINCHESTER, Ky. (March 18, 2016) — LifePoint Health has named Clark Regional Medical Center (CRMC) Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Barbara Kinder “CNO of the Year” and awarded CRMC the High Five Award for demonstrating excellence in healthcare delivery.

Barbara Kinder
Barbara Kinder

Since assuming the role of CNO at CRMC in 2012, Kinder has implemented a number of initiatives to engage employees and medical staff. Most notably, she helped lead CRMC to become the first hospital to achieve designation as a Duke LifePoint Quality Affiliate. As part of this journey, she helped transform the culture of the hospital from a place where employees did not feel comfortable speaking up to a culture where it is now encouraged and expected.

“The most effective CNOs are those who are always searching for better ways to support and guide the nursing staff, while improving the patient experience and quality of care,” said Michelle Watson, CNO of LifePoint’s Central Group. “During her tenure with LifePoint, Barbara has embodied these important characteristics and has paved the way for advancing quality care and patient safety at Clark Regional Medical Center.”

The High Five Award is the highest honor a LifePoint hospital can receive. It is given annually to three finalists and one company-wide winner within LifePoint’s network of more than 70 hospitals.

The award recognizes extraordinary achievement in fulfilling the company’s High Five Guiding Principles:

  • Delivering high quality patient care
  • Supporting physicians
  • Creating excellent workplaces for our employees
  • Taking a leadership role in our communities
  • Ensuring fiscal responsibility

“We are thrilled that our team at Clark Regional Medical Center has received this honor and that we continue to surpass all measures of our High Five Guiding Principles,” said Cherie Sibley, CEO of CRMC. “This award could not have been achieved without the hard work, dedication and devotion of our staff, board, physicians and volunteers who are committed to advancing healthcare delivery in our community.”

In 2015, CRMC experienced a banner year – exceeding state and national standards in a number of core measures, including significant declines in hospital acquired conditions and readmissions. In July 2015, CRMC became the first LifePoint hospital to achieve Duke LifePoint Quality Affiliate designation, after implementing a culture of safety and achieving high standards of quality care, performance improvement and patient engagement. CRMC was also named a Top Performer in Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission.

As part of the award, the hospital received $250,000 from LifePoint, which will be used to invest in facility improvements and technology that will support the hospital’s ongoing growth and continuous enhancement of services to the community.