Commonwealth Journal

February 6, 2012

Rockcastle Hospital responds to article

CNHI News Service
Commonwealth Journal

Somerset — Dear Editor:

This letter is in response to the article printed January 31, 2012, in the Commonwealth Journal titled “Local Nursing Homes on par with rest of nation.”  The article incorrectly noted that the only Kentucky nursing home with zero deficiencies was the Nursing Facility of Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown. I would kindly ask you to correct the information to include our facility.

The Office of Inspector General completed a long-term care survey at The Respiratory Care Center at Rockcastle Regional Hospital on December 1, 2011 and it was a deficiency free survey. In addition, we have a four star quality rating.

The Respiratory Care Center at Rockcastle Regional Hospital opened in 1980 and is a 93 bed long-term care facility that treats patients dependent on mechanical ventilation. We accept referrals from across Kentucky, Tennessee and many other states. We are the only facility in the state that treats pediatric and adult ventilator-care patients and have the largest respiratory staff in Kentucky.  Rockcastle Regional Hospital & Respiratory Care Center is accredited by The Joint Commission.

Rockcastle Regional Hospital & Respiratory Care Center is a Kentucky Hospital Association Quality Award Winner for 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011.

Thank you,



Arielle Reese

Community Relations Director

Rockcastle Regional Hospital & Respiratory Care Center

Mt. Vernon, Ky.