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Quality Awards

Joint Commission - Pioneer In Quality Award

Pioneers in Quality (PIQ) is a Joint Commission program to assist hospitals on their journey towards electronic clinical quality measure adoption that includes educational programs (e.g., webinars for CEUs), a resource portal, recognition categories, an advisory council, a modified annual report, speaker’s bureau outreach, a peer – to – peer solution exchange, as well as having a strong focus on partnering with hospitals to provide the highest level of quality care for patients and their families.

Healthgrades - 2016 Patient Safety Excellence Award

If you need to be admitted into a hospital, the last thing you would expect is to become unnecessarily sicker. Patient safety measures how well a hospital prevents injuries, infections, and other serious conditions based on 14 serious, potentially preventable adverse events. The Patient Safety Excellence Award recognizes hospitals that have the lowest occurrences of 14 preventable patient safety events. These hospitals are in the top 10% in the nation for patient safety.

WomenCertified Inc. - 2016 Women's Choice Award for America's Best Hospitals in Patient Safety

Hospitals do not pay to be named to our list and promoted by WomenCertified. Those who carry the Women’s Choice Award seal are demonstrating that they understand the importance of delivering to you and your family a level of patient satisfaction that you can count on when choosing a hospital. The Women’s Choice Award seal gives you comfort and confidence in your decision.

Carolinas HealthCare System - Touchstone Awards: Gold & Silver

Touchstone awards, the highest honor one can receive for improving the patient experience, patient safety, clinical outcomes and efficiency at Carolinas HealthCare System. Only 84 out of 240 applicants for award projects received a Gold, Silver or Bronze award in 2016.

United Healthcare - Blue Ridge Medical Group for Top Quality Performer

Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge was a recipient in 2016.

The News Herald - Best in Burke Nursing Home Grace Heights

Morganton, NC's Grace Heights Health and Rehabilitation Center awarded Best in Burke County for 2016

NRC - 2016 Excellence in Action Award

The Excellence in Action Awards recognize skilled nursing homes, assisted living, and independent living communities that achieve outstanding resident and/or employee satisfaction.

My lnnerview - Grace Heights Excellence in Action

My InnerView by National Research Corporation presents the annual Excellence in Action award, recognizing long term care and senior living organizations that achieve the highest level of excellence. This is demonstrated by overall resident or employee satisfaction scores that fall within the top 10 percent of the My InnerView product database.


CARF Accredititation - Grace Ridge

Grace Ridge Retirement Community Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities/Continuing Care Accreditation Commission (CARF International).

American Academy of Sleep Medicine

Blue Ridge Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine - Earned accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine

People Awards

Carolinas HealthCare System Pinnacle Award

Eileen Sharpe - finalist

Press Ganey Top Performer

Janice Macopson - 1st and 2nd Quarters

Health System Leaders to Know

Kathy C. Bailey, Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge’s President and CEO - Becker's Hospital Review as Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know

The Comprehensive Wound Healing Center at Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge-Valdese has been named a “Healogics Center of Distinction” for 2017, a national award for clinical excellence from Healogics, the nation’s leading and largest wound care management company.

2016 HomeCare Elite Agency
Healthy@Home Blue Ridge, Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge’s home health care, was named a 2016 HomeCare Elite® agency, an annual recognition of the top performing Medicare-certified home health agencies in the United States. This market-leading recognition program, from ABILITY® Network and DecisionHealth, names the top 25% of home care providers in key home health quality and performance measures. 

District 1 nurse aide of the year
Libby Tallent, CNA, at Grace Heights Health and Rehabilitation Center, was named District 1 Nurse Aide of the Year from the North Carolina Health Care Facilities Association. The recognition is an important part of the long term care community’s effort to recognize the valuable contributions of front-line staff to the quality of care and quality of life of individuals living in skilled nursing facilities. Winners were nominated by their colleagues for this special award.

Best of Burke Nurse

Denise Green, RN - Grace Heights

Best of Burke CNAs

Lisa Harless, CNA, and Dani Fike, CNA - Grace Heights

2016 Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Joseph Mazzola - from the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians

Best of Burke Physician

2016 Recipient - Dr. Edward Plyler