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Awards and Recognition

If you need care, you want to know that your hospital or healthcare system is known for patient safety and excellence. You can feel confident that SCL Health is establishing a national reputation for our commitment to safety, excellence and innovation.

Here are a few recent examples of the awards and recognition that SCL Health and its hospitals have achieved.

Best in Patient Experience

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CMS Hospital Compare Ratings

Saint Joseph Hospital has earned a 5-star rating when it comes to patient experience as reported by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Other SCL Health hospitals that have been recognized include Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge, Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette, Platte Valley Medical Center in Brighton, and St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings.


Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award®

SCL Health hospitals continuously are rated above national and state averages for patient experience. Saint Joseph Hospital has been recognized by Press Ganey as a 2021 Guardian of Excellence Award® winner. This marks the third year in a row that Saint Joseph Hospital has been honored for providing the best possible experiences for our patients. The Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award honors hospitals that have reached the 95th percentile for patient experience. Learn more here.

Top Rated for Safety

Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

Saint Joseph Hospital is proud to have received an 'A' grade in Spring 2021 from the Leapfrog Group for Hospital Safety. 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

Saint Joseph Hospital received accreditation from the prestigious Magnet Recognition Program® in May 2017. Magnet Accreditation is the nation’s top honor for nursing excellence, quality patient care, and innovations in practice. Only 7% of U.S. hospitals have achieved this designation. Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge, Colorado has also received accreditation from the Magnet Recognition Program® in September 2020.

Leaders in Women's and Children's Care

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U.S. News & World Report - Best Hospitals For Maternity

Saint Joseph Hospital has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top maternity hospitals in the country. According to the ‘Best Hospitals for Maternity’ list published by U.S. News & World Report, four SCL Health Colorado hospitals were deemed “high-performing” in maternity care. The list compared high-quality labor and delivery services for uncomplicated pregnancies. Out of 2,700 hospitals nationwide that offer maternity services, U.S. News & World Report identified 237 that earned recognition among the ‘Best Hospitals for Maternity.’

Baby Friendly 

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 


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

Saint Joseph Hospital 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


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.


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 


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. 


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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