Saint Joseph Hospital

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Awards and Recognition

From outstanding healthcare to ensuring that our communities are better places to live and work, SCL Health, now Intermountain Healthcare, has a singular focus on the health and wellbeing of all those we serve.  In each of our hospitals and clinics we are committed to exceptional care, treatment and patient experience, because we won’t accept anything less. 

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.

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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 2022 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. Other SCL Health hospitals to receive an “A” grade include Good Samaritan Medical Center, Lutheran Medical Center, Platte Valley Medical Center, St. Mary’s Medical Center, and St. Vincent Healthcare. 

Nationally Recognized for Nursing Excellence

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Magnet Accreditation

Saint Joseph Hospital received accreditation from the prestigious Magnet Recognition Program® in May 2017 and was re-accredited in 2022. Magnet Accreditation is the nation’s top honor for nursing excellence, quality patient care, and innovations in practice. Only 9.4% of U.S. hospitals have achieved this designation. Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette, Colorado also received accreditation from the Magnet Recognition Program® in August 2022. St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction, Colorado received accreditation in January 2022, St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings, Montana received accreditation in September 2021, and Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge, Colorado received accreditation 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, Good Samaritan Medical Center, and St. Vincent Healthcare 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 


Society of Thoracic Surgeons Elite Recognition

Saint Joseph Hospital’s heart surgery program has earned multiple 3-star ratings (the highest ranking) from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), making it one of the best in the western United States. Saint Joe’s cardiovascular experts from our surgeons, cardiologists, nurses and advanced practice providers, along with the perioperative, OR and cardiac cath lab teams have consistently achieved these outstanding quality rankings.  

American College of Cardiology: Chest Pain - MI Registry™ 2022 Performance Achievement Awards

Saint Joseph Hospital is proud to have received multiple Chest Pain - MI Registry™  awards in 2022 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. 


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, Target Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll, and Target Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll awards for their 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. 


2021 CHIME’s Most Wired Level 9

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has recognized 81 healthcare organizations across the country to have earned a level 9 or 10 for ambulatory and one of 107 for acute/hospitals in its 2021 Digital Health Most Wired program. Organizations designed as 9-10 are leaders in healthcare technology that actively push the industry forward. They have implemented advanced technologies and leverage them in innovative ways to improve quality of care and patient experience, reduce costs, and provide broader patient access to healthcare services.  


2021 eHealthcare Leadership Awards

The eHealthcare Leadership Awards honor the very best websites and digital communications from a broad spectrum of healthcare organizations. SCL Health won seven eHealthcare Awards for 2021, more than ever before in a single year, including the Mark Gothberg eHealthcare Organizational Commitment Award, its highest honor. Other awards and their associated levels in 2021 included:

     Platinum: Best Doctor Directory

     Gold: Best Digital Patient Experience

     Gold: Best Internet Home Page: Gold

     Gold: Best Intranet

     Gold: Best Annual Report

     Silver: Best Site Design

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