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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.

Magnet Accreditation

Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver, Colorado, received accreditation from the prestigious Magnet Recognition Program® in May 2017. As 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.

Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals™

In 2017, Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver, Colorado, was named one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals™ by Healthgrades, placing it in the top 1% of hospitals in the nation for providing overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of conditions and procedures.

Truven Health Analytics 100 Top Hospitals®

In 2017, St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings, Montana, was named to this prestigious national award that honors hospitals that excel in patient care, operational efficiency, financial stability and the patient perception of care.

Top Rural Hospitals

In 2017, iVantage Health Analytics and The Chartis Center for Rural Health recognized St. James Healthcare in Butte, Montana, as a Top 20 Rural and Community Hospital and Holy Rosary Healthcare in Miles City, Montana, as one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals. Both hospitals achieved the awards based on the industry’s most comprehensive rating of rural providers in the United States.

Baby-Friendly Hospitals

Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette, Colorado, Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver, Colorado, and St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction, Colorado, 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.

National Fierce Innovation Award Winner

Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, was named a winner in the Fierce Innovation Awards: Healthcare Edition 2017, an awards program from the publisher of FierceHealthcare. The hospital was recognized for use of its innovative, industry-leading product, Biovigil, a hand-hygiene monitoring system.

Improving patient care and outcomes for stroke

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognized Platte Valley Medical Center in Brighton, Colorado, with the Get with the Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award in 2017 for its continued success following guidelines to speed recovery and reduce death and disability for stroke patients.

Excellence in intensive care

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) has recognized the Intensive Care Units (ICUs) at Lutheran Medical Center, in Lafayette, Colorado, Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver, Colorado, and St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction, Colorado, with Silver Beacon Awards for Excellence. The Intermediate Care Unit and Cardiovascular Intensive Care units at St. Mary’s Medical Center also received Silver Beacon Awards.

SCL Health among the nation’s “Most Wired”

In 2017, SCL Health was named one of the Most Wired health systems in the country by Hospitals & Health Networks, a publication of the American Hospital Association. The list designates the hospitals and health systems that have shown the greatest level of IT adoption across both clinical and business systems.

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