TLRMC named a Top Rural Hospital, Great Place to Work


Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center has been notified that two national organizations have recently named the Grayson County hospital to lists of “best hospitals” in the nation.

The awards are for being one of the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals as well as one of 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare.

Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital

Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center (TLRMC) has been named as one of the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the United States for 2017 by iVantage Health Analytics and The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

“This honor is very gratifying and shows the daily commitment of our employees to providing the best health care possible to our community, while maintaining an efficient and effective facility,” said Wayne Meriwether, MHA, Chief Executive Officer at TLRMC.

The Grayson County hospital is one of only two rural hospitals in Kentucky to receive the honor. The other is Clark Regional Medical Center in Winchester.

Director of Marketing Bill Oldham said this honor is more than just a nice recognition for the hospital.

“Rural hospitals are slowing shutting down across the country,” said Oldham. “With the future of rural hospitals like Twin Lakes so uncertain, it may come down to survival of the fittest. If that’s the case, I hope it is comforting to our community to know that we are in as strong of position as we are.”

TLRMC scored in the top 100 of rural and community hospitals on iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX®. The INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive rating of rural providers. It provides the data foundation for the annual Rural Relevance Study, and its results are the basis for many of rural healthcare’s most prominent awards, advocacy efforts and legislative initiatives. The list of the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals and more information about the study can be found at

The Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals play a key role in providing a safety net to communities across America—and the INDEX measures them across eight pillars of hospital strength: Inpatient Share Ranking, Outpatient Share Ranking, Cost, Charge, Quality, Outcomes, Patient Perspectives, and Financial Stability.

“It’s more important than ever that rural hospitals proactively understand and address performance in the areas of cost, quality, outcomes and patient perspective. iVantage’s INDEX was designed to serve as this industry model,” said Michael Topchik, national leader of the Chartis Center for Rural Health. “Across the spectrum of performance indicators, there are rural providers that are writing the blueprint for success as they transition to value-based healthcare. Our analysis shows that this group of top performers exhibits a focused concern for their community needs.”

The Chartis Group is a national advisory services firm dedicated to the healthcare industry. The Chartis Center for Rural Health (CCRH) was formed to offer tailored services, performance management solutions, research and education to rural hospitals and facilities. Learn more at iVantage Health Analytics is a subsidiary of The Chartis Group and a leading provider of healthcare analytic and performance management analytic tools. iVantage’s analytics are the basis of continuing thought leadership and insight in the areas of healthcare policy and research. Learn more at

150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare

Becker’s Healthcare has published the 2017 edition of its list, “150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare” and Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center in Leitchfield has been named as being one of the best healthcare organizations to work in the United States. This is the fifth year in a row that TLRMC has been selected, and it is the only hospital in Kentucky to receive the honor.

Becker’s Hospital Review is a national healthcare journal published by the company which is based in Chicago. The list recognizes organizations committed to fulfilling missions, creating outstanding cultures and offering competitive benefits to their employees.

Becker’s Hospital Review accepted nominations for this list and developed an editorial review process to include organizations that have gone above and beyond to make their hospitals, health systems and companies great places to work. The list is not an endorsement of the healthcare providers on the list, and organizations cannot pay for inclusion on this list.

Kimberley Rayls, TLRMC Director of Human Resources, said being recognized as one of Becker’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare for the fifth time in a row is an amazing accomplishment for the hospital’s staff.

“Being selected for the fifth year in a row as one of Becker’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare is a testament to the dedicated staff at Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center,” said Rayls. “Their daily commitment to providing the highest level of service to the community is what separates TLRMC from other healthcare facilities.”

One example of employee involvement Rayls cited is the Twin Lakes Way Committee, a group made up of employees from several hospital departments.

“The Twin Lakes Way Committee is an inter-departmental group that strives to improve patient satisfaction as well as employee satisfaction,” Rayls said. “Our staff works hard each and every day, and this committee is dedicated to celebrating our staff and showing them how much their efforts are appreciated.”

The 2017 edition of “150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare” includes many prestigious healthcare organizations including Boston Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Cleveland Clinic, Houston Methodist, Mayo Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston), Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (NYC), St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (Memphis), UAB Medicine (Birmingham), and the University of Michigan Health System.

Meriwether is excited about the hospital being grouped with nationally known healthcare providers.

“We’re appreciative of this recognition by Becker’s Hospital Review, but realize that it wouldn’t be possible without our staff of highly trained medical professionals,” Meriwether said. “They take seriously our mission to heal the sick, relieve pain and suffering and improve the quality of life for the people in our community. While many hospitals provide excellent patient care, I believe it’s our caring staff that sets TLRMC apart from other healthcare facilities.”

Both Meriwether and Rayls agree that employees feel cared for at Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center. Recognitions such as the “WOW” Award (Wonderful Outstanding Worker) and the “Great Catch” safety award, plus fun events throughout the year help make TLRMC a great place to work.

“Hospital Week and our annual family pool party provide the chance for all employees to share fun activities,” said Rayls.

“We value the opinions of our employees,” Meriwether said. “We encourage professional development, knowing that many of our future leaders are already working here in other capacities. There are many examples of employees moving up to more advanced jobs within the organization.”

The full list of 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare including individual profiles of all organizations can be read from a link on the TLRMC Facebook page and Twitter account or by going to

Becker’s Hospital Review is a monthly publication offering up-to-date business and legal news and analysis relating to hospitals and health systems. Articles are geared toward high-level hospital leaders, and they work to provide valuable information, including hospital and health system news, best practices and legal guidance specifically for these decision-makers. Each issue of Becker’s Hospital Review reaches more than 18,000 people, primarily acute care hospital CEOs, CFOs and CIOs.


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