Polk Medical Center has been named a Top Rural Hospital by The Leapfrog Group, which recognized the hospital’s accomplishments in patient safety and quality care. The award is one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive from Leapfrog, an independent hospital watchdog organization.
“Polk Medical Center’s designation as a Top Hospital by Leapfrog acknowledges our organization’s commitment to providing high quality health care for everyone in Polk County,” said Matt Gorman, Vice President of Corporate and Network Services for Floyd. “Our team of highly skilled professionals is dedicated to the patients we serve and I’m extremely proud of their accomplishments.”
Among thousands of hospitals in the country, Polk Medical Center received a Top Rural Hospital distinction, recognized nationally alongside:
- 13 Top Children’s Hospitals
- 35 Top General Hospitals
- 17 Top Rural Hospitals
- 53 Top Teaching Hospitals
Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, maternity care and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication errors. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology.
The Board of Directors for Elevation House announced Carrie Edge as the organization’s first executive director.
“It is an amazing privilege to serve as the inaugural Executive Director of Elevation House,” said Edge. “It is no secret, there are not enough resources to support those living with mental illness. I am beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with our community through the mission of Elevation House to help people-our family members, friends, neighbors- living with mental illness get their lives back.”
Elevation House is a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) utilizing the proven standards of the Clubhouse International model of psychosocial therapy. Elevation House will offer people living with mental illness opportunities for community, friendship, life skills, job skills, employment, housing and education.
Before joining Elevation House, Edge served as a sergeant at the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office. Edge was the agency’s accreditation manager, public information officer and certified law enforcement instructor.
Edge also brings 20 years of executive leadership in non-profits specializing in the development of infrastructure for thriving start-up organizations with skills including effective fundraising, partnership development and strategic planning. Having previously worked for three Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s local affiliates in Kentucky/Indiana, Virginia and Georgia, Edge’s leadership championed the opening of seven Boys & Girls Club clubhouses.
“We are extremely delighted to have Carrie Edge on board as our executive director. Carrie’s strong and relevant experience, both in the community of Rome and in the field of leading non-profits, provides a very solid foundation for our new organization,”Elevation House Board President Don Scuvotti said.
Edge holds a B.S. from the University of Louisville and is currently pursuing a M.A. in Public Administration from Columbia Southern University. She is a 2009 graduate of Leadership Rome and a 2011 graduate of Leadership Polk.
Edge plans to spend her first few months in the new position acquiring training from Clubhouse International, educating the public on Elevation House and connecting the community with opportunities to serve and invest in the mission.