Lake City, FL – Lake City Medical Center was named the 2013 Large Business of the Year by the Lake City – Columbia County Chamber of Commerce. The hospital received the honor at the Chamber’s annual Business and Citizen of the Year luncheon on Wednesday, March 20.
“The purpose of the awards luncheon is to recognize local businesses and citizens that positively affect our local economy. This can be done by providing employment, products, services, volunteer hours or monetary donations to make Lake City a better place to live and work,” said Dennille Decker, executive director of the Lake City – Columbia County Chamber of Commerce.
To be eligible for the large business of the year recognition, a business must be a Chamber member, have more than 10 employees, in business at least three years and be supportive and involved in the community.
The following information was included in the hospital’s nomination letter:
- For the second year in a row, Lake City Medical Center was named one of the nation’s top performers on key quality measures by The Joint Commission. LCMC was the only hospital in Columbia County to receive this recognition.
- Lake City Medical Center was honored with an “A” Hospital Safety ScoreSM by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. We received an “A” in both the spring and fall surveys, showing our commitment to keeping patients safe.
- The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the lead federal agency tasked with improving healthcare nationwide, defines quality healthcare as doing the right thing at the right time in the right way to achieve the best possible results. Lake City Medical Center has the highest scores in the county, exceeds the Florida average and exceeds almost all of the U.S. averages.
- The hospital has been voted by the readers of The Lake City Reporter as the “Best of the Best” Hospital in our community for 13 consecutive years.
- Lake City Medical Center employees 472 staff members and 120 physicians.
- The hospital treated 62,474 patients and had 27,885 emergency visits.
- Lake City Medical Center partnered with more than 25 local organizations – Columbia County Resources, United Way of Suwannee County, Columbia County Schools, Altrusa International and Richardson Community Center, to name a few – providing donations, man hours and support to those groups who give back to our community.
“To receive this award is a huge honor,” said Mark Robinson, CEO. “We are proud to support our community through civic and economic means. This award is only possible because of our dedicated employees, physicians and staff and their drive to make Lake City Medical Center the employer of choice in our community.”