"The STRHS-Pulaski team has gone above and beyond to meet the requirements of the LifePoint National Quality Program, and we are delighted to officially recognize this facility as a Duke LifePoint Quality Affiliate," said David Dill, president and chief operating officer of LifePoint Health. "The hospital takes its role in providing quality care close to home for the Pulaski community seriously, and achieving this designation is one more way it is directly advancing our mission of Making Communities Healthier."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 Southern Tennessee Regional Health System Part of LifePoint Health, Southern Tennessee Regional Health System (STRHS) is a regional network of hospitals and healthcare services serving the healthcare needs of communities in the southern Tennessee region with facilities in Winchester, Sewanee, Pulaski and Lawrenceburg. The system has 382 licensed beds, more than 300 affiliated physicians, 1,250 employees, and serves more than 160,000 people in rural communities in the region. STRHS-Pulaski is a 95-bed acute care facility with more than 300 employees and was recently ranked 8th nationally on Modern Healthcare's list of Best Places to Work in Healthcare. For more information, visit http://southerntennessee.com. 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 www.LifePointHealth.net.