Rutherford Regional Health System is Making Communities Healthier. Here’s How.

November 21, 2018

By: Luke Person, MD, Board of Trustees Chairman, Rutherford Regional Health System and Rebecca Segal, CEO, Rutherford Regional Health System

Rutherford Regional Health System’s mission is Making Communities Healthier. We are proud to partner with the communities of Rutherford County to achieve

this mission. Our physicians, employees, volunteers, and board members work hard every day to provide the highest quality care possible for our community, collaborating with patients and family members, employers, community leaders and others to create a legacy of care that will last for generations to come. 

Rebecca Segal, CEO, Rutherford Regional Health System

Because of the strength of our partnership with Rutherford County, we have been able to support our shared communities in many ways. The most important contribution we make is providing high quality care close to home. Quality and service are at the center of how we care for our patients, and we continually invest in our facility to ensure we can meet the healthcare needs of our community. 

In 2017, we made $1,299,809 in capital improvements, including a 3D mammography machine and stereotactic biopsy system, an upgraded c-arm for new

vascular procedures, new birthing and ICU beds, a CT scanner upgrade, an orthopedic arthroscope and stretchers for our emergency department.

This year, we have embarked on a $17Million capital improvement project. The year-long project will help enhance the patient, physician, and employee experience at Rutherford by improving aspects of the hospital’s infrastructure; relocating and streamlining the workflow of various departments; and replacing and upgrading necessary equipment. Specifically, the improvement project will include relocating the Central Sterile Services department so that it is adjacent to the operating room (OR); redesigning the Endoscopy suite; renovating the second floor Medical/Surgical patient rooms; installing new digital imaging equipment; and upgrading the cardiac catheterization lab.

Luke Person, MD, Rutherford Regional Health System

Recruiting talented physicians into our community and supporting them also is a key driver of our efforts to ensure that our communities have access to high quality care and service. During the past year, Rutherford Regional added eight new providers in several specialties including Behavioral Health, Pain Management, Primary Care, Orthopedics, and Urology.

To create places where physicians want to practice and employees want to work, we strive to create an environment where talent is recognized, job satisfaction is valued and our 663 employees can effectively use their skills in providing high quality care and service. We offered more than $40,000 in professional development and growth opportunities for our staff and provided more than $38 Million in salaries, wages and benefits so that our employees and their families can live, play and grow in the place they call home.

Supporting local organizations and delivering healthcare to all of our neighbors, regardless of their ability to pay, are foundational to our commitment to the overall well-being of our communities. In addition to numerous sponsorships and charitable gifts to organizations like Isothermal Community College, RHI Legacy Foundation, Rutherford County Schools, Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy, Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, Camp Wheezknot, American Cancer Society, and many other organizations, we delivered more than $3.9 Million in healthcare to those in our community who were in need. And as a fiscally responsible member of our community, we paid a total of $931,644 in taxes.

It is our honor to serve our communities. We are proud that, in a constantly changing – and increasingly challenging – healthcare landscape, we have been able to continue to expand the many ways we contribute to and serve Rutherford County. This is only possible with your support, and we need your partnership now more than ever to continue the important work that we do in collaboration with you each day. 

Healthcare involves many choices, and when you choose a local healthcare provider like Rutherford Regional Health System for your care, you help us to do more for our community. Choosing our hospital over one of the many regional facilities vying for your attention helps us to ensure access to quality care locally, provide care for those in need, ensure local jobs and create opportunities for professional growth regionally, fuel economic development and contribute to the prosperity of our region, and boost support for regional organizations.

On behalf of our dedicated staff, board members and volunteers, thank you for your partnership and for entrusting us with your healthcare, and thank you for your continued support as we seek new ways to work with you to make our community healthier in 2018 and beyond.