McLeod Health Physicians and Hospitals Recognized for Excellence in Healthcare


Dr. Keith Player has been honored as a Top Performer for Overall Rating of Physician Care by PRC. He is pictured with members of his team at Pee Dee Surgical Group, from left to right: Gail Howell, Karen Ellis and Crystal Britt.

McLeod Health physicians and hospitals were recently recognized for providing excellence in healthcare by national healthcare research leader Professional Research Consultants, Inc. (PRC).

Dr. Keith Player, a McLeod General Surgeon, has been honored as a Top Performer for Overall Rating of Physician Care. He is ranked at or above the 100th percentile which equates to the highest scoring physicians in the nation. The following 31 McLeod physicians and providers were also honored for being ranked in the top ten percent in the nation as 5-Star recipients: Dr. Francis Acaylar; Dr. Richard Alexander; Dr. Gary Barrett; Dr. Donald Behling; Dr. Cary Brewton; Dr. Paul Chandler; Dr. Michael Collins; Dr. Kevin Dineen; Dr. Benjamin Elder; Dr. Gary Emerson; Brian Feagin, OTR/L CHT; Dr. Charlotte Francis; Dr. James S. Garner, IV; Dr. John Gause; Dr. Eric Heimberger; Dr. Raymond Holt; Dr. Patrick Jebaily; Abbie Kirby, PA-C; Dr. Dale Lusk; Dr. Guy McClary; Dr. Ansel McFaddin; Dr. Amy Murrell; Dr. Sarah Novis; Dr. Davinderbir Pannu; Dr. John Richey; Dr. Jeffery Scharstein; Dr. Craig Selander; Dr. Timothy Spurling; Susan Wentzel, Audiologist; Dr. Nicholas White; and Dr. Weave Whitehead.

The honors received by hospital include:

McLeod Regional Medical Center
5-Star Award for Inpatient Pediatric Services – NICU, Overall Quality of Care
5-Star Award for Inpatient Surgical Services – Overall Hospital Rating

McLeod Health Carolina Forest
5-Star Award for Emergency Department Services – Overall Quality of Care

McLeod Health Seacoast
4-Star Award for Emergency Department Services – Overall Quality of Care
4-Star Award for Inpatient Services – Overall Hospital Rating

“It is an honor to recognize the hospitals and physicians of McLeod Health with these Excellence in Healthcare Awards for their deserving work,” said Joe M. Inguanzo, Ph.D., President and CEO of PRC. “It takes true dedication and determination to achieve this level of excellence in healthcare and McLeod Health has shown their commitment to making their hospitals a better place to work, a better place to practice medicine and a better place for patients to be treated.”

“It is exciting that our patient satisfaction survey results have earned our hospitals and physicians such prestigious recognition,” said Cathy Lee, Vice President of Patient Experience for McLeod Health. “However, scores are not the true reason we celebrate. What makes these awards meaningful is the fact that our doctors, nurses and staff make the needs of our patients, their number one priority. The survey scores simply reflect that patient-centered philosophy.”

For 20 years, PRC has honored organizations and individuals who achieve excellence throughout the year by improving patient experiences, healthcare employee engagement and/or physician alignment and engagement based on surveys of their patients.