TRIBUTE TO PIKEVILLE MEDICAL CENTER; Congressional Record Vol. 156, No. 15
(Extensions of Remarks - February 02, 2010)

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                           HON. HAROLD ROGERS

                              of kentucky

                    in the house of representatives

                       Tuesday, February 2, 2010

  Mr. ROGERS of Kentucky. Madam Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to 
a world class hospital and the American Alliance of Healthcare 
Providers' 2009 ``Hospital of the Year,'' Pikeville Medical Center.
  Each year, the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers selects a 
recipient of its hospital of the year award. This year over 400 
applicants across the country participated in this competition. These 
applicants underwent rigorous on-site surveys and interviews to measure 
each hospital's standards of conduct, improvement, management and 
training. I am proud to report that this top notch institution in the 
heart of Eastern Kentucky was judged to be the nation's most patient 
friendly hospital.
  This distinguished recognition truly reflects an unwavering 
commitment to world class patient care by every one of Pikeville 
Medical Center's 1,700 employees. The honor of being named Hospital of 
the Year is simply the latest example of the Pikeville Medical Center's 
stellar reputation among its peers and fellow medical professionals; in 
fact, the hospital was also named a Hospital of Choice by the American 
Alliance of Healthcare Providers earlier this year. In addition, the 
hospital has been named one of Kentucky's Top 10 Places to Work for two 
consecutive years, and one of the nation's Best Places to Work by 
Modern Healthcare Magazine. The hospital has also been recognized by 
the Kentucky Center for Performance Excellence and the Commission on 
Cancer. Simply put, the Pikeville Medical Center is living proof that 
the best hospitals rely not only on technology, but on a labor force 
that is committed to their noble mission of ``quality, regional health 
care in a Christian environment.''
  For 85 years, Pikeville Medical Center has served as a beacon of 
healing for the people of Pike County, Kentucky and the surrounding 
regions. Since its humble beginnings in 1924, the hospital has expanded 
many times over to meet regional needs. Today, the Medical Center 
complex boasts many specialties and services such as its award winning 
cancer center, a cardiac rehabilitation center, a sleep studies 
laboratory, and a neonatal intensive care unit. The Pikeville Medical 
Center has also fashioned a teaching program that is second to none and 
will ensure that our talented young medical professionals will not have 
to leave Eastern Kentucky to learn and develop their skills.
  Madam Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me in honoring a fine 
example of patient care and community wellness, the Pikeville Medical 
Center. I congratulate the Center on this latest achievement and wish 
the employees and hospital leadership many more years of success.