Hancock County Hospital and Its President Earn National Recognition from Health Care Publication


Building on the national recognition they have already received, Hancock County Hospital and its leader have attained further acclaim from a well-respected national publication.

The 10-bed facility, which has served the community since 2005, was recently named one of the 62 Critical Access Hospitals to Know by Becker’s Hospital Review for 2017. In addition, Becker’s selected Rebecca Beck, the facility’s president, as one of the 60 Critical Access Hospital CEOs to Know for this year. This is the second consecutive year the hospital and Beck have been named to these lists.

“Hancock County Hospital plays an integral role in the community and continues to excel in the delivery of high-quality care,” said Eric Deaton, Wellmont Health System’s chief operating officer. “Rebecca is a model leader who builds on the strengths of the physicians and co-workers to advance the caliber of care our patients receive. We’re extremely proud of the partnership we have developed with the community and look forward to continued growth in our relationship.”

Becker’s said the selected hospitals were honored based on their superior performance and reputation. The publication also considered how the hospitals impact the community and are known for innovation. In analyzing the list of CEOs, Becker’s noted the leaders on that list oversee organizations that are regularly recognized for safety and quality.

Critical access hospitals have 25 or fewer inpatient beds, and the average length of stay is no more than 96 hours for acute care. They offer 24/7 emergency care and must be at least 35 miles from another hospital.

In addition to the recognition from Becker’s, the National Rural Health Association picked Hancock County in 2015 as one of 20 critical access hospitals in the country to earn a best practice designation for patient satisfaction. In 2012, that organization chose the hospital as one of the top 20 critical access hospitals in the United States for quality.

Further evidence of Hancock County’s strength came in 2017, when it was named among the top 10 percent in the nation by CareChex®, an information service of Quantros Inc., for 2017 in patient satisfaction for overall hospital care, overall medical care and overall surgical care.

And in 2015, Hancock County scored 94 out of a possible 100 points in the National Pediatric Readiness Assessment. The assessment was conducted by the National Pediatric Readiness Project, a multiphase quality improvement initiative to ensure emergency departments nationwide have the essential guidelines and resources to provide effective emergency care to children.

The hospital experienced growth in the summer with the opening of Hancock County Family Medicine inside the facility. The practice, which features John Short, M.D., and Casey Johnson, a physician assistant, expanded Hancock County’s continuum of care.

Besides the inpatient beds, family medicine practice and emergency department, the hospital has a 16-slice CT scanner and ultrasound, respiratory therapy, X-ray and laboratory services.

“It is a privilege to serve the residents of Hancock County and work beside many expert physicians and other dedicated professionals who are committed to improving people’s lives,” said Beck, who also serves as president of Hawkins County Memorial Hospital in Rogersville. “We appreciate the faith the community placed in us 12 years ago and are thankful for the trust everyone continues to have in our care. We take our responsibility to heart and will not relent on finding ways to bolster the community’s health.”