Achieving Excellence With Quality Care

Quality Awards and Accreditations

UHS facilities are dedicated to delivering quality care. This is reflected in the numerous awards and honors received for excellence in multiple specialties:

  • Leapfrog Spring 2020 Hospital Safety GradeIn 2020, nine UHS Acute Care hospitals earned an “A” safety grade from The Leapfrog Group, recognizing our commitment to protecting patients from harm and to meeting the highest safety standards. They included: Aiken Regional Medical Centers (S.C.), Henderson Hospital (Nev.), Northern Nevada Medical Center (Nev.), South Texas Health System Edinburg (Texas), South Texas Health System Heart (Texas), South Texas Health System McAllen (Texas), St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center (Okla.), Temecula Valley Hospital (Calif.) and Texoma Medical Center (Texas).
  • In 2020, Temecula Valley Hospital and Northern Nevada Medical Center were named Top General Hospitals by the Leapfrog Group for outstanding quality and safety, and Henderson Hospital was named a Top Teaching Hospital.
  • Best regional hospitals washington D.C. 2020-21U.S. News & World Report recognized The George Washington University Hospital as a Best Regional Hospital, ranking it 7th out of more than 50 hospitals in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. It was also named "high performing" for Nephrology, COPD, Heart Failure and Lung Cancer Surgery.

Our Acute Care hospitals have also attained the following quality awards and recognitions in the past three years:

Patient Safety

  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Five-Star Medicare Hospital Compare Rating, the highest rating for quality from this organization
  • Healthgrades® Patient Safety Excellence Award™ recognizing hospitals in the top 10 percent in the nation for patient safety, with lowest occurrences of 14 preventable patient safety events
  • Women’s Choice Award for America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Safety

Cardiology/Stroke

  • Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery and America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care
  • The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association®/American Stroke Association® Comprehensive Stroke Center (only four percent of U.S. hospitals)
  • American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Stroke Quality Achievement Award
  • American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines Silver Plus Heart Failure Quality Achievement Award
  • American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus
  • American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Target: Diabetes Honor Roll
  • American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check Mark for Advanced Primary Stroke Center Certification
  • American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline® Gold Plus STEMI Receiving Center Quality Achievement Award
  • American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline Silver Plus Receiving Quality Achievement Award
  • American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline Bronze NSTEMI Receiving Center Quality Achievement Award
  • American College of Cardiology’s National Cardiology Data Registry (NCDR) Chest Pain-MI Registry Silver Performance Achievement Award, an honor only given to 124 U.S. hospitals
  • Healthgrades Excellence Award for Cardiac Care, Coronary Intervention and Stroke Care
  • Women’s Choice Award for America’s Best Stroke Centers

Orthopedics

  • The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement
  • Blue Distinction Center+ Designation from Blue Cross® Blue Shield® – Knee and Hip Replacement
  • Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement
  • Healthgrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award

Women’s Health

  • World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFH), a global program recognizing hospitals that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding and mother/baby bonding
  • International Board of Lactation Consultant Association® Examiner’s Award of Excellence in lactation
  • Blue Distinction Center Designation+ from Blue Cross Blue Shield – Maternity Care
  • Newsweek/Leapfrog Group’s Best Maternity Hospital
  • The Joint Commission’s Perinatal Care Certification, only 1 of 3 hospitals in Southern California awarded
  • Women’s Choice Award for America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics

Surgery

  • Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for General Surgery and Prostate Surgery
  • Healthgrades Specialty Excellence Awards in Cranial Neurosurgery, General Surgery, and Prostate Surgery
  • Blue Distinction Center Designation – Spine Surgery
  • Blue Distinction Center+ Designation – Bariatric Surgery
  • Surgical Review Corporation’s Center of Excellence Designation – Minimally Invasive Gynecology
  • Surgical Review Corporation’s Center of Excellence Designation – Robotic Surgery
  • Women’s Choice Award for America’s Best Hospitals for Bariatric Surgery

Other Therapy Classes

  • National Hospital Organ Donation Campaign Award
  • Healogics® Center of the Year for Wound Care
  • Healogics Center of Distinction Award and Robert A. Warriner III, Clinical Excellence Award (Hyperbaric Medicine)
  • American College of Emergency Physicians’ Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation
  • Healthgrades  Gastrointestinal Care Excellence Award
  • Press Ganey’s Guardian of Excellence Award® (Patient Satisfaction)
  • Women’s Choice Award for America’s Best Hospitals for Emergency Care

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