Starr Regional Medical Center’s Senior Care named 2019 Clinical Program of the Year

March 29, 2021

Senior Care StaffStarr Regional Medical Center’s Senior Care, an inpatient geriatric psychiatric program, was recently awarded Horizon Health’s 2019 Clinical Program of the Year, a national distinction recognizing the program for its outstanding contributions to clinical excellence and high-quality patient outcomes. The program is also a leader in innovative clinical practice and demonstrates clinical proficiency through its clinical team’s contributions to their respective clinical specialties.

“At Starr Regional, we are committed to providing the best possible care to every patient we have the privilege to serve,” said Ronald Hall, RN, Starr Regional Medical Center’s Chief Nursing Officer. “I am very proud of the Senior Care staff and their accomplishments. This award is confirmation of the level of commitment and dedication they have to ensuring the best outcomes for every patient.”

Horizon Health annually recognizes one clinical program among its more than 60 inpatient programs nationwide as a “Clinical Program of the Year.” The recipient of the award provides quality treatment services and educational contributions to patients, families, and the hospital community; provides an outstanding monitoring system; and exceeds clinical benchmarks.

“The Senior Care staff truly deserve this award,” said Jean Buttell, director of the Senior Care geriatric psychiatric program. “It was earned through much hard work and dedication to providing high-quality care to our patients and their families.”

Senior Care, located on the Etowah campus, is a secure unit for older adults (age 50 and older) who are experiencing psychiatric symptoms that require 24-hour acute inpatient treatment. Typically, geriatric patients stay in behavioral health services about 10-12 days. Care is provided by a multidisciplinary team of nurses, social workers and activity/occupational therapists under the direction and supervision of a psychiatrist. For more information about Senior Care, visit or call (423) 263-3600.