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February 5, 2016

Nason Hospital welcomes new Chief Executive Officer

Roaring Spring, PA (February 5, 2016) – Timothy Harclerode, R.N., MBA, FACHE, has been named Chief Executive Officer of Nason Hospital. Harclerode will begin his new post in February. He comes to Roaring Spring from Maria Parham Medical Center in North Carolina where he served as Chief Operating Officer.

“We are confident Tim will be a good fit for Nason Hospital and for the Roaring Spring community,” says Doug Mingle, Chairman of Nason Hospital’s Board of Trustees. “Tim has great and diverse healthcare experience and a proven track record of success. He was highly recommended by all involved in this decision.”

Harclerode began his healthcare career as a medic in the U.S. Army. He then went on to complete a Bachelors of Science in Nursing and a Master of Business Administration, both from West Virginia University. Harclerode is also a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Harclerode has been with LifePoint Health for seven years in progressive leadership roles. His recent position as COO at Maria Parham Medical Center included oversight of all clinical and support departments as well as the hospital’s quality initiatives, construction and renovation, strategic planning and capital improvements.

“I am honored to have been chosen as Chief Executive Officer for Nason Hospital,” says Harclerode. “I am excited to be working alongside a medical staff, board, leadership team and employees who are so proud of the rich tradition of Nason Hospital and so dedicated to their patients and their community. “

Harclerode says the Roaring Spring region is a perfect fit for him. “I grew up in a similar size community. My first impression of this region is that everyone is amazingly sincere and easy to talk to which will make my job so much easier. It is also clear to me that the community greatly supports Nason Hospital; all of this makes me so excited to take this position.”

Harclerode will replace Richard Grogran who has served as Nason’s Interim CEO since the hospital became part of LifePoint Healthcare in February of 2015. “Richard has done an outstanding job and we are truly grateful for his leadership and commitment to Nason Hospital and the community,” says Mingle. “We have enjoyed working with Richard and wish him the very best. We look forward to welcoming Tim and to this new and exciting chapter for Nason Hospital.”

Harclerode enjoys the outdoors and is looking forward to being closer to family including his parents and his two sons who reside in West Virginia.


About Nason Hospital
A part of the Roaring Spring community for more than a century, Nason Hospital, a LifePoint Hospital, is committed to promoting the health and well-being of communities in the Blair, Bedford and Huntingdon counties region of central Pennsylvania by delivering safe, high quality and compassionate care to every patient. Nason Hospital is a member of the Conemaugh Health System. Conemaugh Health System, a member of Duke LifePoint Healthcare, is the largest healthcare provider in west central Pennsylvania, serving over a half-million patients each year through the Conemaugh Physician Group and Medical Staff, a network of hospitals, specialty clinics and patient focused programs. Conemaugh’s 4,500+ employees and 350+ physicians are committed to excellence and repeatedly earn state and national recognition for exceptional clinical outcomes.

PRESS RELEASE
February 5, 2016

Nason Hospital Home Health Earns 5-Star Rating
One of only 7 Agencies in Pennsylvania

Roaring Spring, PA (February 5, 2016) – Nason Hospital Home Health has once again earned a 5 star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Nason is one of only 7 agencies in Pennsylvania to achieve this rating.

The Home Health Star Ratings offer a 1-star to 5-star rating based on a home health agency’s performance on nine quality measures, including whether patients received flu shots, how their pain is managed and if they are able to stay out of the hospital.

“We are very proud of this recognition,” says Sharon Snider, MSN, RN, Director of Nason Home Health. “Our home health nurses are very focused on our patient outcomes and on providing a continuity of care between the clinician and patient.”

In addition to this 5-Star rating by CMS, Nason Home Health has also been named a Home Care Elite Top 500 Agency, which puts Nason Home Health in the top 5% of home health agencies across the nation for quality outcomes.

CMS released the new 5-star rating system last year to make selecting home health care providers easier for consumers. According to CMS, star ratings can help consumers more quickly identify differences in quality and make use of the information when they care choosing a health care provider. The new rating system can be found at www.medicare.gov/homehealthcompare.

About Nason Home Health
Nason Hospital has been providing Home Health Services since 1985. Patients can receive a wide range of healthcare and social services in the comfort of home, including skilled nursing, home health aide services, medical social services, physical therapy, speech pathology, medical supplies, nutritional guidance and more. For more information on Nason Home Health, please call 814-224-2141 or log on to Nasonhospital.com.

Michelle Buttry, RN, BSN, CIC, has been named Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) at Nason Hospital. Buttry has been serving as Interim CNO since April of 2015 and has worked at Nason Hospital as a nurse manager since 1993.

Buttry is a graduate of Chestnut Ridge High School and West Virginia University where she earned her BSN. She began her career as a Nurse Assistant at the National Institute of Health, Public Health Service in Bethesda, Maryland, before moving into a role as a staff nurse in the Kidney/Pancreas Transplant unit at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC. Buttry then worked as a staff nurse in the Intensive care and Coronary Care units at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center before beginning her career at Nason Hospital.

In her time at Nason, Buttry has served as a nurse manager for the Medical/Surgical, ICU, Emergency Department and Cardiopulmonary Hospital staff, overseeing care planning, coordination of care and education of staff. In addition, Buttry is a Certified Infection Control Professional (CIC) and has served as Nason Hospital’s Director of Infection Prevention and Control.

“I am so pleased to accept this promotion and look forward to building a healthier community with the support of LifePoint Health and Conemaugh Health System. Our board of directors and administration are diligently working with the medical staff and the public to determine the needs of our community. As we develop new services and improve programs our staff is committed to maintain the personalized care that we are well known for. “ Outside of the hospital, Buttry is an active member of United Church of Christ, St. Paul’s and enjoys biking, boating and fishing. She and her husband Lonnie are the proud parents of two sons, Austin and Conner.

Nason Hospital celebrated National Volunteer Appreciation Week with a celebratory luncheon at the Morrisons Cove Memorial Park on April 16, 2015. All volunteers were thanked and honored with small gifts and pins acknowledging their service hours. Mrs. Della Whysong was honored as the 2015 Volunteer of the Year. Della has been a volunteer at Nason Hospital for over 54 years! Thank you, Della, for your many years of service! Pictured is Della receiving her award from Heidi Kreider, Volunteer Director.

PRESS RELEASE
March 17, 2015

Nason Hospital Receives Echocardiography Accreditation by the IAC

Cardiovascular diseases are the No. 1 cause of death in the United States. On average, one American dies every 39 seconds of cardiovascular disease – disorders of the heart and blood vessels. The American Heart Association estimates that the direct and indirect cost for cardiovascular disease in the U.S. for 2010 was $503.2 billion.

Early detection of life threatening heart disorders and other diseases is possible through the use of Echocardiography procedures performed within hospitals, outpatient centers, and physician offices. While these tests are helpful, there are many facets that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on Echocardiography testing. The skill of the Echocardiography sonographer performing the examination, the type of equipment used, the background and knowledge of the interpreting physician and quality assurance measures are each critical to quality patient testing.

Nason Hospital has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in Echocardiography in the areas of Adult Transthoracic by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).

Accreditation by the IAC means that Nason Hospital has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts. The IAC grants accreditation only to those facilities that are found to be providing quality patient care, in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application process including detailed case study review.

IAC accreditation is a “seal of approval” that patients can rely on as an indication that the facility has been carefully critiqued on all aspects of its operations considered relevant by medical experts in the field of Echocardiography. When scheduled for and Echocardiography procedure, patients are encouraged to inquire as to the accreditation status of the facility where their examination will be performed and can learn more by visiting www.intersocietal.org/echo/main/patients.htm.

IAC accreditation is widely respected within the medical community, as illustrated by the support of the national medical societies related to Echocardiography, which include physicians and sonographers. Echocardiography accreditation is required in some states and regions by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and by some private insurers. However, patients should remain vigilant in making sure that their Echocardiography procedures are performed within accredited facilities, because for many facilities accreditation remains a voluntary process.

Meet the New Year's Baby  Alexander Kendall Pratt
Congratulations to the Pratt Family!  Alexander Kendall Pratt  was the first baby born in 2015 at Nason Hospital.  He was born on January 2, 2015 at 7:59 am.  Parents are William and Sarah Pratt of Bedford, PA.  Alexander weighed 8 lbs 2 oz and was 20 inches long.   Alexander is the second child of William and Sarah.  He has an older brother, Will, who is 2 1/2 years old.  Baby Alexander was delivered by Dr. Diane Adams.

The family received the following gifts for being the first baby born at Nason Hospital in 2015:

$50 gift certificate to the Roaring Spring Department Store donated by
Nason Foundation
$50 gift certificate to Giant Eagle donated by Nason Foundation
A baby outfit and a stuffed toy donated by the Nason Auxiliary
Lotion for the baby's mother donated by the Nason Auxiliary
A handmade afghan donated by Linda Ritchey

PRESS RELEASE
December 16, 2014

Michelle Buttry Earns Certified Infection Control Credential

CBIC and Nason Hospital have announced that Michelle Buttry, RN, BSN, CIC, ICU, Med/Surg Nurse Manager, of Nason Hospital has earned the Certified in Infection Control (CIC) credential and has demonstrated a mastery of infection prevention and control knowledge by taking and passing this comprehensive examination. Certification is maintained through successful completion of a recertification examination every five years.

The Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC) administers the exam certifying individuals as Certified in Infection Control (CIC). The purpose of the certification process is to protect the public by providing standardized measurement of current basic knowledge needed for persons practicing infection control; encouraging individual growth and study, thereby promoting professionalism among infection control professionals; and formally recognizing infection prevention and control professionals who fulfill the requirements for certification. Individuals who earn their CIC credential join approximately 5,000 practitioners worldwide who are Certified in Infection Control. The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accredits CBIC’s certification program, which signifies that CBIC has met the highest national voluntary standards for private certification. signifies that CBIC has met the highest national voluntary standards for private certification. CBIC periodically conducts job analyses to assure that certification measures current practices and knowledge required for infection prevention and control and applied epidemiology.
The Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc (CBIC) is a voluntary autonomous multidisciplinary board that provides direction for and administers the certification process for professionals in infection prevention and control and applied epidemiology. CBIC is independent and separate from any other infection control-related organization or association. For more information about CBIC, visit www.cbic.org.

Daniel Johnson, M.D.
PRESS RELEASE
December 15, 2014

NASON HOSPITAL FOUNDATION, MEDICAL STAFF AND EMPLOYEES DONATE TO LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS


For the seventh year, Nason Hospital Foundation, Nason Medical Staff, and Nason Hospital employees and volunteers presented holiday donations to the Claysburg Food Bank, the Roaring Spring Food Bank, the Martinsburg Food Bank, and the Martinsburg Ministerium’s “Cove Christmas Love.” The Nason Medical Staff made a $1,000 donation and the Nason Hospital Foundation made a $1,795 donation. With the help of Nason employees, donations were made to the Claysburg Food Bank in the amount of $580, to “Cove Christmas Love” in the amount of $2,800.00, to the Roaring Spring Food Bank in the amount of $330 and to the Martinsburg Food Bank in the amount of $380. Nason employees were able to choose which organization would receive their individual donations. Thank you to all those who donated and helped these worthwhile organizations!

Pictured in the first photo are: Pastor Mary Hendricks, representing the Martinsburg Ministerium for Cove Christmas Love; Lorie Smith, Nason Hospital Human Resources Director; and Linda Smith, representing the Martinsburg Food Bank.

Pictured in the second photo are: Pastor Jim Neatrour, representing the Claysburg Food Bank; Lorie Smith, Nason Hospital Human Resources Director; and Pastor Mark Halliday, representing the Roaring Spring Food Bank..Pictured are Pastor Kaye Hute, representing the Roaring Spring Food Bank; Pastor Jim Neatrour, representing the Claysburg Food Bank; Lorie Smith Nason Hospital Human Resource director; Linda Smith, representing the Martinsburg Food Bank; and Pastor Scott Schul, representing Cove Christmas Love.Pictured are Pastor Kaye Hute, representing the Roaring Spring Food Bank; Pastor Jim Neatrour, representing the Claysburg Food Bank; Lorie Smith Nason Hospital Human Resource director; Linda Smith, representing the Martinsburg Food Bank; and Pastor Scott Schul, representing Cove Christmas Love.Pictured are Pastor Kaye Hute, representing the Roaring Spring Food Bank; Pastor Jim Neatrour, representing the Claysburg Food Bank; Lorie Smith Nason Hospital Human Resource director; Linda Smith, representing the Martinsburg Food Bank; and Pastor Scott Schul, representing Cove Christmas Love.
ottie Ebersole Recognized for 30 Years of CCRN Certification

Lottie Ebersole at Nason Hospital recently received national recognition for reaching a significant milestone in the nursing profession. Since 1984 she has consistently maintained CCRN certification offered through AACN Certification Corporation. Lottie is one of 524 CCRNs being honored this year by the corporation and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses for 30 years of continuous certification.
CCRN certification is one of the most advanced professional credentials that can be achieved by a nurse in the field of acute and critical care. As a result, the CCRN credential is highly regarded as recognition of advanced knowledge and clinical expertise in the care of acutely and critically ill patients and their families. There are currently more than 68,000 CCRN-certified nurses practicing worldwide who specialize in the care of adult, pediatric and/or neonatal patient populations.

Nason Hospital Earns ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®’ Recognition from The Joint Commission November 18, 2014

Nason Hospital today announced it has been recognized as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States. Nason 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 and Surgical Care. Nason is one of 1,224 hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2013 Top Performer distinction.

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.
Daniel Johnson, M.D.
This is the second year Nason Hospital has been recognized as a Top Performer. Nason was also recognized in 2011 for its performance on accountability measure data for Pneumonia and Surgical Care.

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 Nason Hospital 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.

“We understand what matters most to patients at Nason Hospital is the quality and safety of the care they receive. That is why we have made it a top priority to improve positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes,” said Deb McGraw, VP Nursing/Patient Care Services. “Nason is proud to be named a Top Performer as it recognizes the knowledge, teamwork and dedication of our entire hospital staff.”

For more information about the Top Performer program, visit http://www.jointcommission.org/accreditation/top_performers.aspx.

Daniel Johnson, M.D.
PRESS RELEASE
November 14, 2014

Nason Home Health Named as Prestigious 2014 HOSPICE HONORS Elite Recipient

Nason Home Health has been named a 2014 HHCAHPS Honors Elite recipient, a prestigious award recognizing home health agencies that continuously provide quality care as measured from the patient’s point of view.

Established by Deyta, this prestigious annual honor recognizes home health agencies that continuously provide the highest level of satisfaction through their care as measured from the patient’s point of view.

Deyta used the Home Health Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HHCAHPS) survey results from more than 1,800 partnering home health agencies contained in its HHCAHPS database with an evaluation period of April 2013 through March 2014. Deyta identified HHCAHPS Honors recipients by evaluating performance on a set of twenty satisfaction indicator measures; omitting qualifying, leader, and demographic questions. HHCAHPS Honors recipients include those agencies scoring above the Deyta National Average on at least eighty-five percent, or seventeen, of the evaluated questions. Deyta holds a special recognition, HHCAHPS Honors Elite, to honor home health agencies scoring above the Deyta National Average on one hundred percent, or all nineteen, of the evaluated questions.

PRESS RELEASE
Nason Hospital Home Health Named as a Top Agency of the 2014 HomeCare Elite

Nason Hospital Home Health today announced that it has been named a Top Agency of the 2014 HomeCare Elite™, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. Now in its ninth year, the HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies and highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, best practice (process measure) implementation, patient experience (Home Health CAHPS®), quality improvement and consistency, and financial performance. In order to be considered, an agency must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least one outcome in Home Health Compare. Out of 9,994 agencies considered, 2,501 are elite.

The award is sponsored by OCS HomeCare by National Research Corporation, the leading provider of home health metrics and analytics, and DecisionHealth, publisher of the most respected independent newsletter in the home health profession, Home Health Line.

“The 2014 HomeCare Elite winners demonstrate a commitment to providing high quality care in their home health communities and we recognize them for their remarkable achievements,” said Mary Oakes, Senior Vice President of Post-Acute at National Research. “We congratulate Nason Hospital Home Health on being recognized as a top home care agency.”

“HomeCare Elite recognition is a significant acknowledgement. In today’s healthcare ecosystem, it is imperative that our seniors have access to quality home healthcare in order to ensure better patient outcomes and improve overall cost, and therefore, home healthcare continues to remain an integral part of the care continuum. The winners of the HomeCare Elite Award are proving that a heightened focus on clinical outcomes, patient experience, and financial management lead to success,” said Marci Heydt, Product Manager for the post-acute care business group of Decision Health.
About National Research Corporation
For more than 30 years, National Research Corporation (NASDAQ: NRCIA and NRCIB) has been at the forefront of patient-centered care. Today, the company’s focus on empowering customer-centric healthcare across the continuum extends patient-centered care to incorporate families, communities, employees, senior housing residents, and other stakeholders.

Recognized by Modern Healthcare as the largest patient satisfaction measurement firm in the U.S., National Research is dedicated to representing the true voice of patients and other healthcare stakeholders. This integration of cross-continuum metrics and analytics uncovers insights for effective performance improvement, quality measurement, care transitions, and many other factors that impact population health management.

National Research is headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska. For more information, call 800-388-4264, write to info@nationalresearch.com, or visit www.nationalresearch.com.

About DecisionHealth®
For over 25 years, DecisionHealth has served as the home care industry’s leading source for analysis, guidance and tools that improve revenue cycle performance, profitability and regulatory compliance. Agencies nationwide turn to DecisionHealth for education and training, coding and billing solutions, and ongoing expert guidance through its family of subscription-based services. DecisionHealth also certifies home health agency professionals in coding and OASIS-C through its Board of Medical Specialty Coding & Compliance, and provides custom consulting services to agency leaders through its DecisionHealth Professional Services unit. For product information, call 1-855-CALL-DH1 or visit www.decisionhealth.com

NASON HOSPITAL SIGNS LETTER OF INTENT TO BE ACQUIRED BY LIFEPOINT HOSPITALS

Potential partnership will allow hospital to strengthen healthcare delivery in Roaring Spring and surrounding communities


PRESS RELEASE
September 12, 2014

Roaring Spring, Penn. (September 12, 2014) – The Nason Hospital Board of Directors today announced it has signed a letter of intent to be acquired by LifePoint Hospitals®, a leading hospital company focused on providing quality healthcare close to home. The acquisition would provide resources for the hospital to strengthen its operations and enhance the services offered to communities in Blair, Bedford and Huntingdon counties. As part of the proposed acquisition, Nason Hospital would join Conemaugh Health System, which was recently acquired by Duke LifePoint Healthcare, LifePoint’s joint venture with Duke University Health System.

“Our board has been seeking a strategic partner that could help us strengthen our hospital and ensure that we are offering the services that our communities need today and into the future,” said D. Stephen Martz, chairman of the Nason Hospital board of directors. “We chose LifePoint because it shares our commitment to quality healthcare and offered us a unique opportunity to join Conemaugh Health System. As part of LifePoint, we will have the financial, operational and clinical support we need to succeed. As part of Conemaugh, we will be part of a growing regional health system that will help us enhance the services we provide our patients.”
The letter of intent is a non-binding agreement that authorizes Nason Hospital and LifePoint to move forward with necessary steps to pursue the proposed acquisition. Following due diligence and a negotiation process, Nason and LifePoint would enter into a definitive agreement. This agreement would be subject to review by the Attorney General of Pennsylvania and the Blair County Orphans’ Court before being finalized.

“We are excited at the prospect of welcoming Nason into the Conemaugh system,” said Scott Becker, CEO of Conemaugh Health System. “We look forward to exploring this potential partnership further in the weeks to come and examining how we can combine our resources to improve healthcare delivery across west central Pennsylvania.”

Becoming a part of LifePoint will give Nason Hospital access to financial resources and support to improve quality care, recruit and retain needed physicians and preserve healthcare services in the communities it serves. Additionally, proceeds from the transaction will retire Nason’s financial obligations and fund a locally governed charitable foundation.
The LifePoint acquisition offers many benefits to the Roaring Spring community as well. When it is finalized, LifePoint will become a local taxpayer, providing an important source of new tax revenue to support the local economy.

“We are delighted to sign this letter of intent with Nason Hospital and move forward with exploring how the hospital could join the LifePoint and Conemaugh families,” said LifePoint Chairman and Chief Executive Officer William F. Carpenter III. “LifePoint and Nason have a shared commitment to making this community healthier. We see significant opportunities to advance the medical services available in this community.”


About Nason Hospital

A part of the Roaring Spring community for more than a century, Nason Hospital is committed to promoting the health and well-being of communities in the Blair, Bedford and Huntingdon counties area of central Pennsylvania by delivering safe, high quality and compassionate care to every patient.

About LifePoint Hospitals

LifePoint Hospitals® is a leading hospital company focused on providing quality healthcare services close to home. Through its subsidiaries, LifePoint operates more than 65 hospital campuses in 21 states. With a mission of “Making Communities Healthier®,” LifePoint is the sole community hospital provider in the majority of the communities it serves. More information about the Company, which is headquartered in Brentwood, Tennessee, can be found on its website, www.LifePointHospitals.com. All references to “LifePoint,” "LifePoint Hospitals," or the “Company” used in this release refer to LifePoint Hospitals, Inc. or its affiliates.

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Lottie Ebersole Recognized for 30 Years of CCRN Certification

Lottie Ebersole at Nason Hospital recently received national recognition for reaching a significant milestone in the nursing profession. Since 1984 she has consistently maintained CCRN certification offered through AACN Certification Corporation. Lottie is one of 524 CCRNs being honored this year by the corporation and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses for 30 years of continuous certification.
CCRN certification is one of the most advanced professional credentials that can be achieved by a nurse in the field of acute and critical care. As a result, the CCRN credential is highly regarded as recognition of advanced knowledge and clinical expertise in the care of acutely and critically ill patients and their families. There are currently more than 68,000 CCRN-certified nurses practicing worldwide who specialize in the care of adult, pediatric and/or neonatal patient populations.