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Honors and Awards

Duke Regional Hospital is proud to be a part of this community and is committed to providing the highest quality care to our patients. Here are a few highlights of awards our hospital and staff members have received for providing outstanding care.

2014-2015 U.S. News & World Report Best Regional Hospitals
U.S. News & World Report ranked Duke Regional as the sixth best hospital in the state and third in the Raleigh-Durham metro area, which includes Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh. In addition, DRH was ranked as high performing in 10 specialties. Read more in our News section.

Duke Regional Earns an "A" in patient safety
Duke Regional has once again been awarded an “A” grade in the spring 2014 Hospital Safety Score administered through the Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit group focused on patient safety. The “A” score was awarded based on 28 publicly available hospital safety measures, including accidents, infections, injuries, and preventable medical errors. Read more in our News section.

2014 Health Care Heroes
Nurses Brenda Dowse, Ashley Hickman and Karin Winstead, along with volunteer Louise Satterwhite, were named as finalists to the 2014 list of Triangle Business Journal’s Healthcare Heroes. This award honors leaders of all segments of the Triangle's health care industry to recognize its top performers and their extraordinary achievements.

Duke Regional's Stroke and Joint Replacement Programs Recognized by The Joint Commission
Duke Regional Hospital has been recognized as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission in conjunction with The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Certification as a Primary Stroke Center demonstrates the hospital’s program meets important performance standards known to improve outcomes for stroke patients.

Duke Regional’s Forward Motion Joint Replacement Program earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ by complying with The Joint Commission’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety.

Both programs were first honored with these distinctions in 2012. Read more in our News section.

Duke Regional Achieves Certification from The Joint Commission: Hip Fracture Program Awarded the Gold Seal of Approval
After a rigorous on-site review, Duke Regional’s Hip Fracture Program earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval®. During this review, a Joint Commission expert evaluated Duke Regional for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management. Read more in our News section. Read more in our News section.

Duke Regional Earns an "A" in Patient Safety
Duke Regional has been awarded an “A” grade in the fall 2013 Hospital Safety Score administered through the Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit group focused on patient safety. The “A” score was awarded based on 28 publicly available hospital safety measures, including accidents, infections, injuries, and preventable medical errors. Read more in our News section.

Duke Regional receives American Heart Association's Get With the Guidelines- Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award
Duke Regional Hospital has received the 2013 Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association (AHA). The award recognizes Duke Regional’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care by ensuring stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted guidelines. This marks the second year Duke Regional has been recognized with a quality achievement award for stroke care by the AHA. Read more in our News section.

Duke Regional Nurse Wins State-wide Nursing Award
Duke Regional Hospital Radiology nurse Jeffry Clarke, RN, CCRN, CRN, has been named to the 2013 list of Great 100 Nurses.  The Great 100 Awards annually acknowledge 100 North Carolina nurses who demonstrate excellence in practice and who positively impact the image of nursing and nursing as a profession. Read more in our News section.

Duke Regional Receives Four-Star Breastfeeding-Friendly Designation
Duke Regional Hospital has received the North Carolina Maternity Center Breastfeeding-Friendly Designation from the North Carolina Division of Public Health. Duke Regional was designated with four stars for its efforts in supporting a breastfeeding-friendly environment for patients. Read more in our News section.

Duke Regional ranked among the top hospitals in North Carolina
In its 2013–14 Best Hospitals list, U.S. News & World Report’s ranks Duke
Regional Hospital fourth out of 145 hospitals in the state and third among 19 hospitals in the Raleigh-Durham metro area, which includes Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh. In addition, DRH was ranked nationally in diabetes and endocrinology as well as high performing in nine service areas. Read more in our News section. 

Duke Regional recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” 
For the second year in a row, Duke Regional Hospital has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization. In HRC’s Healthcare Equality Index 2013 report, Duke Regional earned top marks for its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their loved ones, who can face challenges in accessing adequate health care. Read more in our News section.

Durham Regional Hospital has received the 2013 American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes Durham Regional’s commitment and success in implementing the highest standard of care for heart attack patients. Read more in our News section.

2013 Hallmarks of Healthy Workplaces
Durham Regional Hospital's Endoscopy Services has been designated as a Hallmarks of Healthy Workplace for a third time and Durham Regional's Education Services department has received their first honor. The Hallmarks program is designed to recognize exceptional workplaces for nurses. Read more in our News Section.

2013 Health Care Heroes
Nurses Misty Guerrero from Durham Regional's Emergency Department and Jane Rigsbee from Davis Ambulatory Surgical Center were named to Triangle Business Journal’s 2013 list of Health Care Heroes. This award honors leaders of all segments of the Triangle's health care industry to recognize its top performers and their extraordinary achievements.

Durham Regional named one of Triangle Business Journal's 2012 Healthiest Employers of the Triangle Awards. This award recognizes companies that commit to making wellness a priority while proactively shaping the health of their employees.

Durham Regional has been awarded an “A” for safety by independent national nonprofit the Leapfrog Group. The group issues grades A-F to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections. The Hospital Safety Score is designed to provide information the public can use to choose where to receive medical care. Read more in our News section.

Durham Regional has received the Get With The Guidelines Stroke Silver Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The award recognizes Durham Regional’s commitment and success in caring for stroke patients. Read more in our News section.

Durham Regional Hospital has received the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2012. The award recognizes Durham Regional’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients. Read more in our news section.

Durham Regional Hospital has been named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by the Joint Commission for its exemplary performance on specific quality measures during the 2011 calendar year. As a Top Performer, Durham Regional places in the top 18 percent of the 3,376 eligible hospitals in the United States that report performance data to the nation’s leading accreditor of healthcare organizations. Read more in our News section. 

Durham Regional Hospital has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Silver Receiving Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes Durham Regional’s commitment and success in implementing an exceptional standard of care for heart attack patients. Read more in our News section.

Durham Regional Hospital is ranked fifth in North Carolina and is recognized among the best hospitals in the Piedmont region, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2012-13 Best Hospitals rankings. Additionally, Durham Regional Hospital is ranked third out of 19 hospitals in the Raleigh-Durham metro area, an area covering Raleigh, Durham, Cary and Chapel Hill. Durham Regional was also named a high performer in the areas of Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopaedics, Pulmonology and Urology. Read more in our News section

Durham Regional Hospital has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in the Healthcare Equality Index 2012 report, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization. Durham Regional earned top marks for its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families, who can face challenges in accessing adequate health care. Read more in our News section.

Durham Regional has received a Golden Bow Award from the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA). The Golden Bow award recognizes hospitals and birthing centers who have committed to stop distributing infant formula companies’ bags and related materials. Read more in our News section.

Durham Regional celebrates "breast-feeding friendly" designation
Durham Regional Hospital has been designated "breast-feeding friendly" by the North Carolina Maternity Center (NCMC), part of the nutrition division in the state's Department of Health and Human Services. NCMC recognizes maternity centers that have taken steps to promote, protect and support breast-feeding. Read more in our News section.

Durham Regional named Gold Star Hospital for employee-focused tobacco cessation programs
Durham Regional has been recognized by NC Prevention Partners for providing the highest standard of excellence for tobacco cessation programs directed at employees. To receive this recognition, Durham Regional refers employees to effective quit programs, provides comprehensive benefits and offers attractive incentives to encourage employees to quit tobacco use.

Durham Regional Hospital Achieves Certification from The Joint Commission: Forward Motion Joint Replacement Program Awarded the Gold Seal of Approval
Durham Regional has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for its joint replacement program by demonstrating compliance with national standards for healthcare quality and safety in disease-specific care. Read more in our News section.

Durham Regional Hospital Achieves Certification as a Primary Stroke Center
After demonstrating compliance with nationally developed standards for stroke care, Durham Regional has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for certification as a Primary Stroke Center. Read more in our News section.

Durham Regional Hospital Receives American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR® ACTION Registry®–GWTGTM Gold Performance Achievement Award
Durham Regional Hospital has received the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2011 – one of only 167 hospitals nationwide to do so. The award recognizes Durham Regional’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients, and signifies that Durham Regional has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations. Read more in our News section.

Durham Regional Nurse Named to 2011-2012 Great 100 List
Stella Lobo, RN, CNOR was named to the 2011- 2012 list of Great 100 Nurses.

The Great 100 Nurses awards honor nurses who exemplify excellence in practice and commitment to the nursing profession. Read more about Stella in our News section.

Durham Regional Hospital Achieves Stage 6 in HIMSS Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model
Durham Regional Hospital has been awarded Stage 6 designation by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). This award recognizes health care organizations that have effectively adopted electronic medical records relative to the HIMSS Analytics adoption model. Stage 6 is the second highest designation awarded by the HIMSS. Read more in our News section.

Durham Regional Hospital Ranks Fourth in U.S.News Media & World Report’s 2011-2012 Metro Area Ranking
Durham Regional Hospital has been ranked fourth out of 18 hospitals in the Raleigh-Durham Metro area in U.S. News Media & World Report’s 2011-12 Best Hospitals rankings. Durham Regional was also named a high performer in the areas of diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, nephrology, orthopaedics and urology. Read more in our News section.

Durham Regional earns AHA's Mission: Lifeline Bronze Quality Achievement Award

Durham Regional recently earned the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Bronze Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes Durham Regional’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients that effectively improves the survival and care of STEMI (ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction) patients.

This award highlights the efforts from first medical contact (usually Emergency Medical Services) to device activation. Systems of care have been developed that close the gap of timely access to appropriate, life-saving treatments. Read more in our news section.

2011 Women in Business Awards

Lorrie Jones-Hartley, chief safety and quality officer at Durham Regional Hospital and Lynn Robbins, director of pharmacy services at Lincoln Community Health Center, have earned Women in Business Awards for their exceptional dedication to their work and staff.

The Triangle Business Journal’s Women in Business awards honor the most accomplished businesswomen in the Triangle.

Durham Regional Hospital Ranks Fourth in U.S.News & World Report’s Metro Area Ranking

Durham Regional Hospital has been ranked fourth in Raleigh-Durham in U.S.News & World Report's first-ever Best Hospitals Metro Area rankings. The hospital is recognized for exceptional treatment of kidney disorders, orthopaedics, and urology. Read more in our news section.

2011 Health Care Heroes

Marie Szalanski, RN, critical care unit, won a Triangle Business Journal Health Care Hero award in the nurse category.

The Triangle Business Journal’s Health Care Heroes awards honor Triangle individuals and organizations for putting innovation and compassion to work to improve the human condition. This event brings together the leaders of all segments of the Triangle's health care industry to recognize its top performers and their extraordinary achievements.

National Awards for Diversity Leadership

Durham Regional Hospital participated in the Institute for Diversity in Health Management’s "State of Health Care Diversity and Disparities: A Benchmark Study of U.S. Hospitals."

The survey assessed diversity initiatives in four categories: expanding the diversity of the organization’s governance body and leadership team; effectively engaging the diverse communities that the organization serves; strengthening a diverse workplace throughout the organization; and delivering culturally and linguistically competent patient care throughout the organization.

Durham Regional Hospital, one of 182 participating hospitals, was named "Best in Class for Strengthening the Work Culture" and "Promising Practices for Governance Body and Leadership Team."

The Duke Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery is an ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence

The Duke Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery at Durham Regional Hospital has been designated as an American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence (BSCOE).

The ASMBS BSCOE designation recognizes surgical programs with a demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes in bariatric surgery. The program has been continuously credentialed since 2006. The recertification process occurs every three years.

To earn BSCOE recertification, the Duke Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery underwent a series of site inspections during which all aspects of the program’s surgical processes and outcomes were closely examined.

2010 Women in Business Awards

Lynne Mitchell, assistant director of human resources at Durham Regional Hospital, has won a Triangle Business Journal Women in Business award in the mentor category.

The Triangle Business Journal’s Women in Business awards honor the most accomplished businesswomen in the Triangle. Mitchell was nominated for her dedication to the advancement and growth of Durham Regional Hospital employees.

American College of Radiology Accreditation

Durham Regional Hospital’s ultrasound department has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation as the result of a recent survey by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

The ACR awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer review evaluation of the practice. Evaluations are conducted by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. They assess both the qualifications of the staff and equipment.

American College of Cardiology Foundation’s 2010 ACTION Registry-GWTG Gold Performance Achievement Award

Durham Regional Hospital is one out of only 135 hospitals nationwide to receive the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s ACTION Registry-Get With The Guidelines Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2010.

The award recognizes our commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients, and signifies that we have reached an aggressive goal of treating coronary artery disease patients with 85 percent compliance to core standard levels of care outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.

To receive the ACTION Registry-GWTG Gold Performance Achievement Award, hospitals have to consistently follow the treatment guidelines in ACTION Registry-GWTG for 24 consecutive months. These include aggressive use of medications like cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, and anticoagulants in the hospital.

2010 Health Care Heroes

Two Durham Regional Hospital employees were honored as 2010 Triangle Business Journal Health Care Heroes. Triangle Business Journal’s Health Care Heroes awards honor Triangle individuals and organizations for putting innovation and compassion to work to improve the human condition.

This event brings together the leaders of all segments of the Triangle's health care industry to recognize its top performers and their extraordinary achievements.

Ashley Neville, RN, endoscopy department, has been with Durham Regional Hospital for more than seven years and was nominated because of her commitment to patient safety.

Margie Muir, RN, MSN, CNML, nursing program manager, has been with Durham Regional hospital since 1997 and was nominated because of her work with the GEMS program (Graduates Engaged, Mastering, and Succeeding).

2010 Great 100 Nurses

Linda Barnett, RN, MSN, BSN, FN, CNOR, operating room, Juanita Fisher, RN, radiation oncology, and Shirley Murray, RN, MSN, Watts School of Nursing instructor were named to the 2010 list of Great 100 Nurses.

The Great 100 Nurses awards nurses who exemplify excellence in practice and commitment to the nursing profession.

Durham Rehabilitation Institute Receives Top Performer Award

Duke Rehabilitation Institute (DRI), located on the seventh floor of Duke Regional Hospital, has been named a top performer by the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR).

DRI was recognized as being in the top 10 percent for patient outcomes when compared to 805 other inpatient rehabilitation facilities across the country.

The UDSMR documents the severity of patient disability and the results of medical rehabilitation in a uniform way. Establishing a common language promotes communication about disability across disciplines and provides a basis for comparison of rehabilitation outcomes.

North Carolina Prevention Partners (NCPP) Red Apple Status

Durham Regional Hospital achieved Red Apple Status in February 2010. This designation by the North Carolina Prevention Partners (NCPP) signifies a work environment that encourages healthy choices.

Since 2009, Durham Regional Hospital and Duke Medicine have worked to incorporate NCPP criteria into our food offerings. These criteria include five principles of a healthy food environment: providing access to healthy foods; using the pricing structure to incentivize customers to purchase healthy items; using marketing techniques to promote healthy foods; using the benefit design and wellness incentives to encourage behavior change; and implementing an education campaign to promote the healthy environment with staff and visitors.

Post-Graduate Year One Residency Program Accreditation

Durham Regional Hospital’s pharmacy department attained accreditation for the post-graduate year one (PGY-1) residency program from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

The purpose of a pharmacy residency is to prepare pharmacists for practice by offering them experience working with a wide range of patients and disease states. Learn more about the residency program.

Silver Performance Achievement Award

Durham Regional Hospital received the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR ACTION Registry-GWTG Silver Performance Achievement Award in 2009 -- one of only 36 hospitals nationwide to do so.

The award recognizes Durham Regional Hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients.

Lincoln Pharmacy Awards

The Lincoln Community Health Center Pharmacy, an in-kind service of Durham Regional Hospital, was awarded four awards by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), including the Clinical Pharmacy Services Improvement Award, Health Outcomes Management Award, Life Saving Patient Safety Award, and highest PSPC Performance Award.

The Clinical Pharmacy Services Improvement Award recognizes teams of health care providers that have successfully installed clinical pharmacy services since the beginning of the collaborative, and were able to demonstrate improvement in one area of service.

The Health Outcome Management Award recognizes teams of health care providers that successfully gathered patient health outcomes data during the collaborative and reported health outcomes measures for at least nine consecutive months.

The Life Saving Patient Safety Award recognizes teams that established systems and processes for detecting, identifying, and preventing adverse drug events or harm caused by medication use.

The PSPC Performance Award recognizes teams that demonstrated overall excellence during the collaborative.

2009 Great 100 Nurses

Cathy Oakley, RN, vascular access services team, Melanie Mabrey, RN, MSN, ACNP, inpatient diabetes coordinator, and JoAnna Gontarz, MSN, RN, CNE, Watts School of Nursing instructor were named to the 2009 list of Great 100 Nurses.

The Great 100 Nurses awards nurses who exemplify excellence in practice and commitment to the nursing profession.

NCNA Hallmarks of Healthy Workplaces

Durham Regional Hospital’s endoscopy department was awarded Hallmarks of Healthy Workplaces recognition for a second time in 2010. According to surveyors, endoscopy services staff “seemed very engaged with providing quality care to their patients and in promoting nursing excellence in terms of professional and personal development. We also noted the support and caring as well between the nurses and surgical technicians.”

The North Carolina Nurses Association named the James E. Davis Ambulatory Surgical Center (DASC) a second-time recipient of its Hallmarks of Healthy Workplaces award in 2009. This exceptional facility was recognized for creating positive work environments for registered nurses. Durham Regional Hospital’s post-anesthesia care unit also received this honor in 2007.

Magnet Designation

Durham Regional Hospital achieved Magnet designation for excellence in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2008. Only 5 percent of the nation's hospitals have earned this designation, the highest level of national recognition to health care organizations that demonstrate sustained excellence in nursing care.

AARP Best Employers for Workers Over 50

Durham Regional Hospital ranked 31st on the 2007 list of AARP best employers for workers over 50. Employers are chosen by the following criteria: companies’ recruiting practices; opportunities for training, education, and career development; workplace accommodations; alternative work options, such as flexible scheduling, job sharing, and phased retirement; employee health and pension benefits; retiree benefits; and age diversity of the workforce.