Rockcastle Regional named a “Best Places to Work in Kentucky”

By Jana Bray, Community Relations Director on 07/15/2021 10:17 AM

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Rockcastle Regional named a “Best Places to Work in Kentucky”

Rockcastle Regional Hospital and Respiratory Care Center has been named a “Best Places to Work in Kentucky” for 2021 by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management (KYSHRM). This is Rockcastle Regional’s fifth year to be named to the list. This year, Rockcastle Regional was also named to the Best Places to Work Hall of Fame in recognition of the number of years it has achieved this prestigious ranking.

“We are incredibly proud to be named a Best Place to Work in Kentucky for the fifth time,” said Carmen Poynter, human resources director at Rockcastle Regional.  “Our goal is to be the destination employer for those in healthcare who are seeking a career where they can make a difference in the lives of their patients and in their community. We are dedicated to providing a culture where our employees can take pride in being part of a team that conducts purposeful, worthwhile, and meaningful work.”

Winners from across the state have been selected in three categories: small companies of 15-149 employees, medium companies of 150-499 employees, and large companies consisting of 500 or more employees. Rockcastle Regional was named a winner in the large company category based on its 835 employees. The selection process, managed by Best Companies Group, is based on an assessment of the company’s employee policies and procedures and the results of an internal employee survey.

The competition is a multi-year initiative designed to motivate companies in the Commonwealth to focus, measure, and move their workplace environments toward excellence.

“Employees who are passionate about what they do and enjoy their work are the foundation of great healthcare organizations,” said Stephen A. Estes, Rockcastle Regional president and CEO. “That’s why we strive to create a workplace that supports and nurtures employees, so they can provide the highest level of care to each of our patients. This award is a testament to the work our employees do every day.”


Rockcastle Regional Hospital and Respiratory Care Center has been providing quality healthcare to Rockcastle and surrounding counties for more than 60 years. As a not-for-profit healthcare system, Rockcastle Regional operates a 26-bed acute care hospital, a 4-bed intensive care unit, emergency department, outpatient services and surgery, three rural health clinics, a QuickCare clinic, and a 143-bed long-term care facility for residents dependent upon mechanical ventilation.

In 1980, Rockcastle Regional opened its first long-term care unit with 32 beds. With its recent addition of 28 beds in 2017 and another 16 in 2019, The Respiratory Care Center is now the largest free-standing ventilator facility in the nation.

The organization is a ten-time Kentucky Hospital Association Quality Award Winner, a U.S. News & World Report Best Nursing Home for 2013, 2014, and 2019-20; a winner of the Women’s Choice Award for America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience 2013- 2020; was recognized with the Women’s Choice Award as an America’s Best Emergency Care Hospital in 2015, 2016, and 2018; was named a Women’s Choice Award as an America’s Best Hospital for Outpatient Experience 2019-2021; and a recipient of the 2013 Jackson Healthcare Charitable Services Award.

As the largest employer in Rockcastle County with a workforce totaling more than 850, Rockcastle Regional is looking to welcome talented and energetic members to the team who are focused on providing excellent and compassionate care to our patients. To view a list of current openings, please visit our careers page at

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