Awards & Certifications

Organizational awards under Ross’ leadership


Organizational Awards Under Ross’ Leadership

J.D. Power & Associates’
“Distinguished Hospitals Inpatient Service of Excellence Award” 2011

This award “acknowledges a strong commitment by the hospital to provide ‘An Outstanding Patient Experience.’” The service excellence distinction was determined by surveying recently discharged patients about their perceptions of their hospital experience and comparing the results to the national benchmarks established in the annual J. D. Power and Associates National Hospital Service Performance Study.

Shoals Hospital Recognized for Providing an Outstanding Inpatient Experience

The Joint Commission’s
“Certificate of Distinction for Primary Stroke Centers” 2014

The Joint Commission’s Certificate of Distinction for Primary Stroke Centers recognizes centers that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care. Achievement of certification signifies that the services have the critical elements to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes. It is the best signal that quality care is effectively managed to meet the unique and specialized needs of stroke patients.

RegionalCare Hospital Partners
“Most Improved Patient Satisfaction in Ambulatory Surgery” 2012 Q1
Award for Ambulatory Surgery for Most Improved Patient Satisfaction (Press Ganey) among all RCHP hospitals.
RegionalCare Health Partners
“Chairman’s Quality Achievement Award” 2011

Recipients of this distinguished award will have achieved the system’s highest percentage of compliance with the Joint Commission and Centers of Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) Core Measures performance metrics which originate out of evidence-based medicine. Additionally, the recipient of this award will have successfully provided a positive patient’s experience as measured by CMS, utilizing standard survey responses received from patients. Finally, quality care must be delivered in a cost-effective manner, as determined by our (RegionalCare Health Partners) internal metric; cost of care per adjusted patient day.

Medical Association of Georgia Physicians’ Institute for Excellence in Medicine
E-technology Award 2008

One of five recipients of the Georgia statewide e-Technology Awards for 2008, presnted by the Physicians’ Institute for Excellence in Medicine, for successfully developing and implementing an electronic medical records system in a specialty care practice of 10 or more physicians. The Physicians’ Institute for Excellence in Medicine created an e-Technology Award to recognize Georgia physicians who have implemented electronic medical record (EMR) technology solutions in their practice. The intent is to showcase replicable, innovative technology solutions that demonstrate a positive impact on clinical practice.


Medical Group Management Association’s
“Superior Performance Award”
2001, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

The MGMA award is given to medical practices that have demonstrated superior performance in cost management, productivity, capacity and staffing, and accounts receivable and collections. The MGMA’s Performance and Practices of Successful Medical Groups report has been the nationally recognized benchmarking standard among medical groups for more than a decade.

Blue Cross / Blue Shield
“Tier 1 Hospital” 2011, 2012 and 2013

Through the tiered network, Alabama hospitals are categorized into one of three “tiers” based on their performance in three primary areas of interest: quality awareness, patient safety awareness, and financial awareness. Hospitals designated as “Tier 1” are recognized as having attained the highest level of compliance in these areas.

National Quality Measures for Breast Cancer (NQMBC)
“Certified Diagnostic Center” 2011 and 2012

This certification recognizes a center’s quality performance as meeting quality standards criteria. In addition to the requirements to become a Certified Participant, the Certified Quality Breast Center applicant must have supplied 75% of the measures for which their quality breast center type should be able to measure performance.

Blue Cross / Blue Shield
“Blue Distinction Award in Hip and Knee Replacements” 2011

Blue Distinction is a designation awarded by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality healthcare. The designation is based on rigorous, evidence-based, objective selection criteria established in collaboration with expert physicians’ and medical organizations’ recommendations. Its goal is to help consumers find quality specialty care on a consistent basis, while enabling and encouraging healthcare professionals to improve the overall quality and delivery of care nationwide.

Healthcare Marketing Report
“Healthcare Advertising Award of Merit for Total Advertising Campaign” 1998

A national panel of judges reviewed over 4000 entries and awarded Gold, Silver, Bronze and Merit awards based on creativity, quality, message effectiveness, consumer appeal, graphic design and overall impact. The competition, sponsored by Healthcare Marketing Report, a leading industry publication for healthcare marketing and advertising, is the oldest, largest and most widely respected healthcare advertising awards competition in the United States. Judges for the Healthcare Advertising Awards consisted of a national panel of healthcare marketers, advertising creative directors, advertising professionals, healthcare consultants, marketing professors and the editorial board of Healthcare Marketing Report.


Individual Awards:
C. Ross Berry

Ross Berry has received prestigious awards throughout his career, including the “Professional Industry Achievement Award for Medical & Health Sciences” from Francis Marion University in 2014, which recognizes his significant contributions as a practitioner and professional in the medical and health sciences field. He was also honored with the “Medical Practice Executive of the Year Award” in 2010 by the Medical Group Management Association and the American College of Medical Practice Executives, acknowledging his exceptional leadership and management proficiency in enhancing the strategic and operational effectiveness of healthcare delivery within his practice and community. Additionally, Ross has been recognized by the American Academy of Medical Administrators for his outstanding leadership and innovative solutions in the field of cardiovascular care, further highlighting his contributions to advancing healthcare administration.

Francis Marion University
“Professional Industry Achievement Award for Medical & Health Sciences” Alumni Award 2014

The Professional Industry Award in Medical and Health Sciences is presented to a graduate who serves as a practitioner or professional in the medical and health sciences, including health care providers, nurses, technicians, clinical support professionals and health care administrators.

Medical Group Management Association / American College of Medical Practice Executives
“Medical Practice Executive of the Year Award” 2010

Recognizes a medical group practice executive who has demonstrated, within the three-year period, a noteworthy achievement of exceptional leadership and management proficiency to enhance strategic and operational effectiveness of health care delivery in his or her practice and community.

American Academy of Medical Administrators (AAMA)

This award recognizes a Cardiovascular Administrator who has contributed significantly to the improvement of cardiovascular care and the advancement of cardiovascular administration. Such an individual will have demonstrated outstanding leadership and innovative solutions to the many challenges faced today in the delivery of cardiac care.

Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE)
Medical Group Management Association

The American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE), the certification and Fellowship authority of MGMA, has been elevating exceptional medical practice administrators to the role of Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) for more than 60 years. The CMPE credential is recognized as the gold standard in medical practice administration.

Fellow American Academy of Medical Administrators (FAAMA)
American Academy of Medical Administrators

Founded in 1957, The American Academy of Medical Administrators, is the premier professional organization for healthcare and hospital administrators in a collection of specialisms, surroundings and experience levels.


C. Ross Berry

Ross Berry has received prestigious certifications and awards, including recognition for his exceptional leadership and management proficiency in medical practice, significant contributions to the improvement of cardiovascular care, and being a distinguished graduate in the field of medical and health sciences.


Jeff Edwards

Jeff Edwards brings a wealth of expertise and certifications to his role, including active licenses as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Florida and Georgia, showcasing his highest standard of competence and assurance of quality in the accounting profession. Additionally, Jeff holds the Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) credential, demonstrating his considerable expertise in valuation, and the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) certification as well.

Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Active licenses in Florida and Georgia

A CPA license is the accounting profession’s highest standard of competence, a symbol of achievement and assurance of quality. With the first CPAs receiving licenses in 1896, the CPA is a certified public accountant who is licensed by a state board of accountancy. To earn the credential, a CPA is required to demonstrate knowledge and competence by meeting high educational standards, passing the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination which is set by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and completing a specific amount of general accounting experience.

Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV)

Beginning in 1998, the Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV®) credential is granted exclusively by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants to CPAs and qualified valuation professionals who demonstrate considerable expertise in valuation through their knowledge, skill, experience and adherence to professional standards.

Certified Management Accountant (CMA)

Offered by the Institute of Management Accountants beginning in 1972 and for nearly 50 years, the CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) certification has been the global benchmark for management accountants and financial professionals. Why? Because CMAs can explain the “why” behind numbers, not just the “what.”