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Awards and Recognition

From outstanding healthcare to ensuring that our communities are better places to live and work, SCL Health has a singular focus on the health and wellbeing of all those we serve.  In each of our hospitals and clinics in Colorado and Montana we are committed to exceptional care, treatment and patient experience, because we won’t accept anything less. The result is that SCL Health is one of the highest rated health systems of its size in the country.

Best in Patient Experience

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CMS Hospital Compare Ratings

Five SCL Health hospitals have earned a 4-star or better rating when it comes to patient experience as reported by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). These hospitals include Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge, Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver, Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette, Platte Valley Medical Center in Brighton, and St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings.

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Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award®

SCL Health hospitals continuously are rated above national and state averages for patient experience. In fact, Saint Joseph Hospital has received the Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award for patient experience in 2019 and 2020, an award that honors hospitals that have reached the 95th percentile for patient experience. Learn more here.

Top Rated for Safety

Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

SCL Health is proud to have received an 'A' grade at Lutheran Medical Center, Saint Joseph Hospital, Good Samaritan Medical Center, Platte Valley Medical Center, and St. Mary's Medical Center, and St. Vincent Healthcare in Fall 2020. The Leapfrog Group is a Washington D.C. based organization aiming to improve healthcare quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Leapfrog Group assigns letter grades based on numerous health care quality measures. 

Nationally Recognized for Nursing Excellence

Magnet Accreditation

Magnet Accreditation is the nation’s top honor for nursing excellence, quality patient care, and innovations in practice. Saint Joseph Hospital and Lutheran Medical Center have received Magnet designation. Only 7% of U.S. hospitals have achieved this designation.

  • Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver, Colorado, received accreditation from the prestigious Magnet Recognition Program® in May 2017.
  • Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, received accreditation from the prestigious Magnet Recognition Program® in September 2020.  

Leaders in Women's and Children's Care

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Baby-Friendly Hospitals

Saint Joseph Hospital, Lutheran Medical Center, and Good Samaritan Medical Center are all designated Baby-Friendly under the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The initiative encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. Based on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, this international award recognizes birth facilities that offer mothers the information, confidence, and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies or safely feed with formula.

Nationally Recognized in Heart & Vascular Care 

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American College of Cardiology: Chest Pain - MI Registry™ 2020 Performance Achievement Awards

SCL Health is proud to have received multiple Chest Pain - MI Registry™  awards in 2020 from the American College of Cardiology. This award program was created by the American College of Cardiology to recognize hospitals that have top-level performance in their care of patients while adhering to their specific guideline recommendations. Learn more here. 

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American Heart Association Recognition

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognized Saint Joseph Hospital, Lutheran Medical Center, Good Samaritan Medical Center, Platte Valley Medical Center, and St. Mary's Medical Center with Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award in 2018 for its continued success following guidelines to speed recovery and reduce death and disability for stroke patients. 

People-Centered Workplace


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Brandon Hall Awards for Organizational Excellence - Gold Certification

The Brandon Hall Group has recognized SCL Health with a Gold Certification for Organizational Excellence. This certification recognizes SCL Health as an industry leader in Learning and Development and enhances our ability to share best practices and methodologies for personal and professional growth across the globe. This achievement reflects our commitment to supporting lifelong learning that empowers our employees to advance our mission within the communities we serve.


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Cigna Well-Being Award

SCL Health received the honorable Cigna Well-Being Award for the second consecutive year, a testament to our ongoing investment in curating a well-being program that supports the unique needs of our employees and their families. SCL Health was one of seven recipients recognized from a pool of more than 320 applicants from across the nation for the way we help our associates care for themselves as they care for others. We are proud of our benefits and well-being strategies, our culture of health and the way our employees and their families engage with the programs we offer.

 

Advancement & Innovation in Technology 

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Epic Honor Roll

Epic Honor Roll recognizes organizations that implement best practices through Epic that certifies excellence in quality of care, patient outcomes, workflow efficiency, and financial performance. SCL Health is 1 of 82 health systems to be recognized with Cum Laude status, the highest designation in the program. 

 
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CHIME's Most Wired

SCL Health has been recognized by The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) Digital Health Most Wired recognition certified as level 9, receiving the Performance Excellence Award. CHIME describes level 9-10 as "leaders in healthcare technology who actively push the industry forward." A total of 30,135 organizations were represented in the 2020 Digital Health Most Wired program, which included four separate surveys: domestic, ambulatory, long-term care, and international.  

 
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eHealthcare Awards

SCL Health is proud to have received numerous 2020 eHealthcare Awards, including the Mark Gothberg eHealthcare Organization Commitment Award. This award recognizes the best organizations involved in digital healthcare communications, and are evaluated based on digital approach and strategy, marketing campaigns, staffing, and leadership roles. Other awards and their associated levels in 2020 included:

     Platinum: Best Internet Homepage

     Gold: Best Overall Internet

     Gold: Best COVID-19 Pandemic Related Communications

     Distinction: Best Healthcare Content (Health 360 Blog)


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