Meadowview Regional Medical Center today announced that it has been named a Duke LifePoint Quality Affiliate. This designation recognizes hospitals within the LifePoint Health system that have enrolled in the LifePoint National Quality Program and succeeded in transforming their culture of safety and achieving high standards of quality care, performance improvement and patient engagement.

"Meadowview Regional Medical Center has a long legacy of providing high quality care, and earning this esteemed designation is just one more way the hospital is making the Maysville community healthier," said Joe Koch, chief executive officer of Meadowview Regional Medical Center. "I am so proud to be part of the Meadowview team and look forward to continuing the hospital's great work to improve patient care, safety and satisfaction long into the future."

Meadowview Regional Medical Center is a 100-bed, acute-care facility serving people in the Maysville, Ky., community and surrounding areas. To achieve Duke LifePoint Quality Affiliate designation, the Meadowview team worked to implement a number of best practices and launch new initiatives to engage patients and families, enhance patient safety and improve quality care.

For example, the hospital initiated leadership safety briefings each morning to ensure that leaders have a regular proactive planning session to address patient concerns. The hospital also implemented bedside shift reporting to help ensure clear communication, reduce the risk of errors and maintain consistency of care during shift changes. Bedside shift reporting is an effective method for transferring information from one provider to another, while also involving the patient in discussions about their health, progress and treatment plan. Additionally, Meadowview established a Community Collaborative in an effort to work closely with other healthcare providers and organizations in the community to help reduce avoidable patient readmissions.

"At LifePoint, quality is truly at the core of our culture and operations, and Meadowview has gone above and beyond to satisfy the rigorous requirements necessary to be named a Duke LifePoint Quality Affiliate," said David Dill, president and chief operating officer of LifePoint Health. "We are delighted to recognize this high-performing facility and commend the many improvements it has made to take even better care of patients and their families."

The LifePoint National Quality Program was created through a collaboration between LifePoint Health and Duke University Health System. When hospitals enroll in the program, they begin working with Duke and LifePoint quality coaches to evaluate and strengthen their quality programs and processes. Following an initial evaluation, the hospital creates a plan and begins to deploy changes that will help it achieve quality improvement benchmarks and establish long-term solutions to sustain its results.

In addition to evaluating common quality care and patient safety metrics, the LifePoint National Quality Program focuses on foundational elements required to sustain quality care, including committed leadership, systems to ensure continuous performance and process improvement, and a culture dedicated to safety. Duke LifePoint Quality Affiliate designation denotes those hospitals that achieve a broad range of criteria in each of these areas and demonstrate a capacity to continuously measure and improve quality and patient safety.

About Meadowview Regional Medical Center

MRMC is a 100-bed acute care facility located along the Ohio River in Maysville, Kentucky. The service area consists of five counties in Kentucky and two counties in Ohio. Delivering quality healthcare close to home is the single most important contribution we make in achieving our mission of Making Communities Healthier ®. Our medical staff consists of well-trained physicians covering a number of specialties, including Allergy, Anesthesia, Cardiology, Emergency Medicine, Endocrinology, Family Practice, Gastroenterology, General Surgery, Hematology/Oncology, Hospitalist, Internal Medicine, Nephrology, Neurology, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Otolaryngology, Pathology, Pediatrics, Podiatry, Radiation Therapy, Radiology, Sleep Medicine and Urology. For more information, visit .

About LifePoint Health

LifePoint Health (NASDAQ: LPNT) is a leading healthcare company dedicated to Making Communities Healthier ®. Through its subsidiaries, it provides quality inpatient, outpatient and post-acute services close to home. LifePoint owns and operates community hospitals, regional health systems, physician practices, outpatient centers, and post-acute facilities in 22 states. It is the sole community healthcare provider in the majority of the non-urban communities it serves. More information about the company can be found at

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