Peterson Health, a health network serving patients in the heart of Texas Hill Country, has grown to become so much more than a hospital. What started as a single facility in 1949 has quickly expanded to twelve rooftops spanning nine counties across Texas, each united by a singular purpose: to elevate the healthcare experience of every patient under their care. Peterson Health’s flagship hospital, Peterson Regional Medical Center, a 124-bed, not-for-profit community hospital located in Kerrville, began a legacy of exceptional, compassionate, patient-centered care – forming the foundation of Peterson’s inspired mission: to transform healthcare by Elevating Health. Home to over 900 fulltime employees and 250 medical professionals, Peterson Health is thriving, thanks to the tireless dedication of individuals who see healthcare as their calling, delivering world-class care to more people in more places every day. And, Peterson’s efforts have gotten noticed — both here at home and on a national scale. When asked how Elevating Health translates to the patient experience, Pat Murray, President and CEO of Peterson Health had this to say:
“Elevating Health means we refuse to accept the standards of yesterday. Peterson Health constantly strives for better — to find new ways to improve the care we offer our patients. We’re Elevating Health every time we go the extra mile. The people who work here focus on the needs of our patients and not just the tasks that make up the day. We see our patients as people — people who need and deserve our care and attention. People who deserve our very best.”
Peterson Health’s commitment to Elevating Health has earned this organization the National Rural Health Association’s (NRHA) highest distinction: Peterson Regional Medical Center was named a nation’s Top 20 Rural Community Hospital for 2017 — the only hospital in Texas to make this exclusive list.
Hospitals are scored based on the Hospital Strength Index, a nationwide hospital rating system. Peterson Regional Medical Center excelled across eight categories from inpatient and outpatient market share, to quality, outcomes, patient perspectives and financial stability. This honor has elevated Peterson Health’s status in the healthcare community on a national scale, now serving as a benchmark for other rural hospitals as they strive to navigate the future of healthcare successfully.
“Peterson Health is proud of the efforts of the exceptional physicians, nurses and employees who have contributed to our hospital achieving this designation,” said Pat Murray. “Our results as a top healthcare provider means our community can count on us to deliver the services they need now and in the future.”
Peterson Health’s commitment to expanding access to quality healthcare is what drives its strategic growth today. The main campus offers over 25 key service lines and departments, including an emergency department, acute rehab unit, a Texas Ten Step designated maternity unit, The Baby Place and Women’s Services, an intensive care unit, an expanded Heart and Vascular Center, seven surgical suites and an award-winning Center for Orthopedic Health for total joint replacement.
Peterson’s neighboring Ambulatory Care Center offers outpatient surgical services, radiology and imaging, outpatient rehabilitation and an advanced Wound Healing Center offering two hyperbaric oxygen chambers — the only of their kind available in the region. Peterson’s roster of services also includes Peterson Hospice, Peterson Homecare, Peterson Medical Associates, Peterson’s Outreach Lab, Peterson Community Care, Peterson Urgent Care, and Peterson Specialty Care in Kerrville and Boerne. Proudly, Peterson recently opened a new family practice clinic in Bandera to meet the growing needs of this community. And Peterson Health has no intention of stopping there — where there’s a need, there’s a way — and the team responsible for Elevating Health is discovering new opportunities to expand into the regions that need them most.
Peterson Health is transforming health, right before our eyes, offering big-city services in personalized settings across the region. With the most advanced technology, experienced and compassionate staff and a stunningly beautiful footprint across a nine-county region, Peterson is making a case for Elevating Health – right here at home.