Frye Regional Medical Center Named One of America’s Choice Hospitals Third Year in a Row 
 
Friday, 31 March 2006 
 
 

Hickory, NC – The American Alliance of Healthcare Providers (AAHCP) has named Frye Regional Medical Center a 2006 Hospital of Choice Award Winner. This year marks the third year in a row Frye has received this distinction. The announcement was made on March 24, 2006, by R. Vincent Parr, President of the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers.

The AAHCP Choice Awards are uniquely designed to find America's most consumer-friendly hospitals. The selections were based on superior performance in at least one area of consumer concerns.  Areas of consideration include: Patient Satisfaction, Code of Professional Ethics, Standards of Conduct, Patient's Bill of Rights, Performance Management and Improvement, Staff Development and Training, Systems of Communication, and Educational and Promotional Material provided to consumers.

“This year's winners are a unique blend of small and large hospitals that took extraordinary steps to express their commitment to service excellence,” Parr said.

“We are truly honored to receive this recognition,” said Frye President and CEO Denny Bruns. “For the third year in a row, we have once again demonstrated our commitment to providing quality healthcare to our community.”

For further information about the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers, please visit their website at www.aahcp.com.

Frye Regional Medical Center, part of Tenet North Carolina, is a 355-bed acute care facility located at 420 North Center Street in Hickory, NC.  The hospital has been serving the medical and health care needs of Catawba County since 1911.  The hospital’s main campus includes a comprehensive heart center and cardiac rehab, orthopedics, bariatric surgery, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, pediatrics, center for neurosciences, cancer center and women’s pavilion.  Frye has several extended campuses to serve families throughout the area including: Wellness and Education Center which houses the Center For Diabetes Self-Management Care, perinatal education and community wellness classes; South Campus for psychiatric services; Viewmont and Tate Surgery Centers; Vein and Wound Center/Infusion Care; Pain Center; Piedmont Therapy, offering sports and industrial rehabilitation; an urgent care facility; FryeCare, an outpatient diagnostic facility; Alexander Campus, which provides 24 hour emergency care along with diagnostic and laboratory services and infusion care; plus HealthPoint, which provides extensive industrial services and programs to employers.

Frye Regional Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.  To learn more about the hospital, visit www.fryemedctr.com