At its annual meeting and luncheon Wednesday at Flatrock Grill, the Rush County Chamber of Commerce announced its selection of Brad Smith as its Citizen of the Year. Smith has served as Chief Executive Officer of Rush Memorial Hospital for four years. He was the hospital?s Chief Financial Officer for six years before becoming CEO.
Smith was pleasantly surprised but hesitant to accept the award.
?I am very reluctant to receive this award because there are so many deserving community members dedicated to making Rush County and Rush Memorial Hospital what it is today and working hard to reshape its future,? Smith said. ?Thanks to everyone who has welcomed me to this community ? a community I now call home. I have always wanted to help people, and healthcare has given me the avenue to do just this."
"I am very honored to receive this award,? he continued. ?The many accomplishments could not have been done without the support of the community, RMH employees, and a progressive board of trustees. I am very blessed to be a part of Rush County and Rush Memorial Hospital. Employees of RMH make my job easy through teamwork, dedication, and loyalty to the hospital and patients that are served. We make a great team.?
The Citizen of the Year was recognized for his accomplishments at RMH and for his community involvement.
He obtained Critical Access Hospital (CAH) designation for RMH as one of the first four CAHs in the state. According to hospital personnel, this CAH designation significantly changed the reimbursement to the hospital which secured the future of healthcare services and the hospital for the 18,000 residents of Rush County.
He is credited with providing the vision and leadership needed at RMH and has earned the respect of the medical staff, management staff, and employees with his positive attitude, honesty and straight forwardness.
RMH?s turnover rates have decreased since Smith became CEO, staff morale has improved, patient and employee satisfaction rates have risen and patient volumes have grown, as reported by staff members.
RMH won the RISE Award and is one of the first three hospitals in Indiana to become a smoke-free facility. Under Smith?s leadership, the Rush Memorial Hospital Foundation was established to raise funds to support the hospital?s ongoing healthcare efforts.
Smith added many services and enhanced others resulting in the addition of about 100 new jobs. The hospital?s Home Health Care Agency recently received an award of excellence for being in the top three Home Health Agencies in the state. Land was acquired for the future expansion of RMH?s Pediatric and Women?s Health Center. The Occupational Health program has grown to serving more than 60 companies. RMH?s Anthem Quality Scores have increased from 67 to 97 percent.
In recognition of these accomplishments under his leadership, Smith was awarded the IRHA Statewide Leadership Award in 2007.
His community involvement includes president/chairman of the Rush County Economic and Community Development Corporation, Rush County Community Center board member, Rotary Club of Rushville and board member, Rush County Fiber Technology Board, Four Communities Grant Committee offering free wellness program to the community, Agriculture Round Table.
Memberships in professional organizations include South Central Indiana Regional Healthcare Consortium; Indiana Hospital Association (IHA), board member and president of Southeastern district; Indiana Rural Health Association board member.