December 19, 2014


Riverview Regional Medical Center CEO Rod Harkleroad, RN, MBA,  today announced that The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America, has recognized Riverview Regional Medical Center as a “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®.”

Riverview Regional Medical Center (RRMC) was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2014 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for pneumonia. RRMC is one of 1,224 hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2013 Top Performer distinction, including sister hospitals Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin and Livingston Regional Hospital in Livingston.


The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, stroke, venous thromboembolism and perinatal care, as well as for inpatient psychiatric services and immunizations.


To be a 2013 Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2013 accountability measure data, including:


  • Achieving cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures;
  • Achieving performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there were at least 30 denominator cases; and
  • Having at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and (within that measure set) all applicable individual accountability measures had a performance rate of 95 percent or above.


"Delivering the right treatment in the right way at the right time is a cornerstone of high-quality health care. I commend the efforts of Riverview Regional Medical Center for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions," said Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and CEO, The Joint Commission.


"At Riverview Regional, we make it a top priority to stay focused on improving patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes," said Harkleroad. "Riverview Regional is proud to be named a Top Performer as it recognizes the knowledge, teamwork and dedication of our entire hospital staff in achieving positive outcomes for our patients."


For more information about the Top Performer program, visit



About The Joint Commission

An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.



About Riverview Regional Medical Center

Riverview Regional Medical Center (RRMC) is a 25-bed critical access hospital in Carthage, Tenn.  RRMC offers healthcare to residents of Smith and surrounding counties, including general medical and surgical care, 24-hour emergency and diagnostic services, outpatient rehabilitation, inpatient geriatric-psychiatric services, skilled nursing, diagnostic sleep services and geriatric care.  RRMC is a hospital of HighPoint Health System.  To learn more, visit




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