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Pinnacle Opens New ICU!





Pinnacle Hospital officially opened its intensive care unit on April 6, 2015 in order to better serve patients who require more extensive treatment.


The Crown Point facility, which is physician-owned for-profit hospital, marked the occasion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring hospital co-owner Dr. William Pierce, nurses and staff.


"Today's the day," Pierce said.


Pierce said the decision was made to invest in the 18-bed facility in order to be better able to treat patients who require more acute care and eliminate the need to transfer them to other health care facilities. Pinnacle COO Patty Hart said ICU patients, who have undergone heart or surgical procedures, may be too fragile to move.


Pierce said the hospital's investment included purchasing heart monitors and other ICU equipment, hiring qualified ICU nurses, and meeting numerous state and federal regulations. Hart said the hospital embarked on the project about three years ago.


"It wouldn't have been possible without the commitment of our board of directors and our CEO, Haroon Ansari," Hart said.


The upgrades won't necessarliy increase the number of patients served, Pierce said.


"Our beds remain the same because we converted two regular rooms to ICU rooms," Pierce said.


By Christin Nance Lazerus






Pinnacle Hospital awarded HFAP accreditation
Pinnacle Hospital was awarded accreditation from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), an independent, accreditation organization recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). It earned this distinction after HFAP conducted an extensive and objective review of the (hospital, lab, ambulatory physical therapy, etc)’s quality and safety standards.

“Pinnacle Hospital clearly demonstrates a commitment to quality patient care,” said Beverly Robins, Director of Accreditation/Certification Services for HFAP. “We base our decision on federal standards, as well as recognized national standards for patient safety, quality improvement, and environmental safety. Pinnacle Hospital has met or exceeded standards in every case.”

“We’re proud to achieve this prestigious distinction,” said Haroon Ansari, CEO, Pinnacle Hospital. “By awarding us accreditation, HFAP has recognized our commitment to providing outstanding care to our patients and our community. In fact, quality is consistently the priority focus in our strategic plans and goals.”

The HFAP is a non-profit, nationally recognized accreditation organization. It has been accrediting healthcare facilities for more than 60 years and under Medicare since its inception. Its mission is to advance high quality patient care and safety through objective application of recognized standards. Its accreditation is recognized by the federal government, state governments, managed care organizations, and insurance companies. For more information, go to:

The Pinnacle Hospital mission of quality, efficient, and unparalleled healthcare, is anchored within a commitment to service. The physicians, nurses, and support staff are not just dedicated to service, they are compulsive about it. Each interaction with patients, family members, and fellow healthcare providers is performed with uncompromising service in mind. The result is attention to each individual's needs, merged with an unrivaled attention to detail.


The Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses recognizes the very special work nurses do every day.  The award was established by the Daisy Foundation (see their website for detailed information

In memory of J. Patrick Barnes: Barnes' parents established the foundation in their son's memory, as they had experienced firsthand the skills and compassionate care of several nurses. The award is awarded quarterly to outstanding nurses nominated by patients, families and professional colleagues in over 315 hospitals throughout our nation. Daisy Award honorees personify the remarkable patient care experience at Pinnacle Hospital. The Nurse must demonstrate excellence through clinical expertise, skill and compassionate care. As a Daisy Honoree, the Nurse is recognized as extraordinary role model in the nursing community.

June 2015
Meagan Samples, RN receives the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nursing Care

November 2014
Jonathan Forrester, RN receives the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nursing Care

March 2014
Dawn Taala, RN receives the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nursing Care 

August 2013
Sue Heflin, RN receives the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nursing Care