HCA has honored Rapides Regional Medical Center nursing units through its 2018 Units of Distinction Awards.

Rapides Regional Medical Center’s Surgical ICU unit was named top Critical Care Unit for 2018, and its Medical ICU unit was ranked No. 2. In addition, all seven of RRMC’s medical-surgical units were ranked among the top 50 units in the company.

This is the fourth year HCA has recognized its top nursing units, and the fourth year Rapides Regional Medical Center has had multiple nursing units honored for excellence in patient care.

“This is amazing,” Rapides Regional Medical Center CEO Jason Cobb told his nurse managers after HCA announced the Units of Distinction Friday morning. “It’s a huge honor for us, but it’s all about the patients. I’m in awe of what you do every day.

“It is a wonderful day for Rapides Regional Medical Center.”

The “Unit of Distinction” designation is achieved through measurable, exemplary performance in the strategic areas of Advocacy and Leadership, Consistency in Nursing Practice and Operations, and Leveraging Scale to Drive Performance. In 2018, more than 1,000 HCA Nursing units participated in the program.

HCA ranked the top 50 Medical-Surgical units. Rapides Regional Medical Center Medical-Surgical nursing units honored were:

  • 6A, Joan Dauzat, unit manager, No. 10
  • 3 East, Debbie Bullock, unit manager, No. 11
  • 3A, Maria Whittington, unit manager, No. 23
  • 3 West, Christina Blackmon, unit manager, No. 24
  • 4 South, Shelly Wanjura, unit manager, No. 29
  • 4A, Maribel James, unit manager, No. 34
  • 7A, David Rachal, unit manager, No. 43.

HCA also ranked the top 25 Critical Care units. Rapides Regional Medical Center units honored were:

  • Surgical ICU, Ross Beach, unit manager, No. 1
  • Medical ICU, Curtis Hilton, unit manager, No. 2.

“This award is to recognize my work family that I’m honored to serve,” said Beach. “Their devotion to their patients is the reason why miracles take place at Rapides Regional Medical Center. What separates them is their heart. They love their patients and they love each other. I get to work with a group of people every day that I admire.”

“The quality of care patients receive at Rapides Regional Medical Center is second to none,” said Barbara Griffin, MSN, RN, NE-BC, Chief Nursing Officer. “Each year, this award testifies to that. This award showcases the hard work of everyone on our staff who cares for patients.”

Launched in 2014, the Unit of Distinction Awards are an essential component of HCA’s multifaceted Excellence in Nursing plan. This is the second year for the Unit of Distinction Awards. The company supports each nurse’s professional dedication with a solid foundation of encouragement and an involved environment in order to help them fulfill their potential and further their careers.