Frye Named 2009/10 Consumer Choice Award Recipient for Hickory-Morganton Area 
Frye Regional Medical Center has been named a Consumer Choice Award winner and has been designated as a Most Preferred Hospital for Best Overall Quality and Image by National Research Corporation (NRC).

Each year NRC honors those hospitals whose consumers rate as having the best quality and image, based on their nationally syndicated TICKER (formerly Healthcare Market Guide) study of 250,000 households.  Frye Regional Medical Center was selected by the Hickory and Morganton communities as a most preferred hospital for overall quality and image.  This is the fourteenth year that the National Research Corporation has named the top hospitals in markets throughout the United States.

“We are honored to be the recipient of this prestigious award and appreciate the confidence our patients have shown us by this rating.  It is a privilege for our employees and medical staff to provide care to the people of our region,” said Frye’s Chief Executive Officer Michael Blackburn.

Ginny Martin, President of NRC’s Ticker Division, said winners are determined by consumer perceptions on multiple quality and image ratings collected in the company’s Healthcare Market Guide Ticker study. Of the 3,200 hospitals named by consumers in the study, the winning facilities rank highest in their Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSAs), as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau. The ticker study surveyed over 250,000 households representing over 450,000 consumers in the contiguous 48 states and the District of Columbia.

For nearly a century, Frye Regional Medical Center has provided sophisticated medical services to the residents of Hickory and central western North Carolina. From its modest origins, Frye has evolved into a major medical facility offering specialized care for complex needs. From the latest in minimally invasive heart surgery to laser-guided cancer treatment, Frye provides advanced diagnostics, medicine and surgery through a convenient network of hospital campuses and outpatient locations.

From the start, Frye operated with one simple goal: to offer the best possible healthcare to people in our region. This guiding principle, instilled by the hospital’s namesake Dr. Glenn R. Frye and his physician peers, is seen today as an unwavering drive for excellence among the medical staff, nurses, technicians and others who comprise the Frye family. They believe passionately in Frye’s commitment to care for the community and to do so by operating at the most exacting standards possible.

Perhaps this is why Frye has earned so many distinctions: Distinguished Hospital Award from J.D. Power and Associates (three years), Hospital of Choice Award by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers, Best Hospital in Overall Quality and Image by National Research Corporation, and Best in Charlotte Region for Overall Cardiac Care by HealthGrades.

Frye Regional Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.  To learn more about the hospital, visit For physician referral, call 828-315-3391.