Award-winning care and national honors

Whether we’re caring for you for cancer, heart disease, joint replacement or childbirth, giving you the best care possible is the reason we come to work each day.

Salem Health is committed to high standards, and professionals across the country are taking notice.


Top cardiovascular hospital

The prestigious IBM Watson Health™ 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals annual awards program named Salem Hospital as one of the highest-performing cardiovascular hospitals in the nation for 2019.

Using independent public data, the Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study recognizes hospitals that have demonstrated long-term excellence in care, efficiency and community value. As an award winner, we have met national benchmarks for performance for patient care, patient satisfaction and financial operations. We also received this honor for 2015, 2016 and 2018.


Top Workplace 2018

Salem Health is a 2018 Top Workplace.

The Oregonian/OregonLive recognized Salem Health as a Top Workplace in Oregon and southwest Washington for the fourth time out of the seven years it has given the award. The region's Top Workplace rankings were determined using employee surveys.

The survey asked about concrete facts like pay and benefits, but also about company values, leadership and culture.

See the full list of Oregon’s Top workplaces on OregonLive.


Best of the Mid-Valley

Each year, the Statesman Journal conducts the Best of the Mid-Valley People’s Choice Awards. For 2018, we are proud to announce our community voted us:

  • Best Hospital (gold)
  • Best Place to Have a Baby (gold)
  • Best Nonprofit (silver)
  • Best Surgery Center (silver)
  • Best Place to Volunteer (bronze)
  • Best Medical Practice (bronze)

Nationally recognized by U.S.News & World Report

For their 2018-2019 Best Hospitals GuidebookU.S.News & World Report analyzed data on nearly 5,000 U.S. hospitals to identify the best — which included us! 

Salem Hospital received the highest rating possible in the specialties of pulmonology, urology, diabetes and endocrinology — and the following six procedures and conditions:

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Colon cancer surgery
  • Heart bypass surgery
  • Heart failure
  • Hip replacement
  • Knee replacement

To be nationally ranked, a hospital must excel in treating complex, high acuity cases and in outcomes resulting from high quality, safe care.


Level II Trauma Center accreditation

Oregon Health Authority has accredited Salem Hospital emergency department as a Level II Trauma Center, ready to care 24/7 for the Willamette Valley’s most seriously injured patients. Trauma facilities are designated or categorized as Level IIIIII, or IV, with Level I and II centers offering the highest level of care.

Every trauma patient who arrives in the emergency department is met by a 10-member trauma team consisting of physicians, nurses and other support staff to ensure rapid evaluation and treatment of their injuries or illnesses.

First accredited as Level II in 2010, Salem Hospital is due to be surveyed again in 2019.


Beacon Award for Excellence

In 2018, Salem Hospital’s intermediate care unit earned the Gold Beacon – the highest level award given by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. This makes Salem Health one of only four hospitals in Oregon to hold this designation. The AACCN awards Beacons at bronze, silver and gold levels. They are three year designations.

The Beacon recognizes excellence in patient care, collaboration, and work environments with high staff morale. Beacon honorees are also known for their emphasis on evidence-based care and low hospital-acquired infection rates. High patient satisfaction with pain management and respect for cultural diversity are other strong measures.

Salem Health’s critical care staff have a strong Beacon history. The intensive care unit was the first Oregon hospital to earn this award in 2006 – then earned three more consecutive Silver Beacons, awarded about every three years. The intensive care unit is currently working on its fifth application.

The cardiovascular care unit earned its first Silver Beacon in 2013 and is in the process of applying for another.


Joint Replacement Center of Excellence

In March of 2018, Salem Health, in partnership with Hope Orthopedics of Oregon, was again nationally recognized as a top provider of excellence in joint-replacement care. 

That’s why we are in the process of applying for the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for certification in joint replacements. 

Once earned, certification proves a commitment to excellence in providing quality care, so you enjoy the best joint replacement experience. To maintain the two-year certification, an on-site review is conducted every two years.


Patient safety: Exceeding our target!

Each year, the Oregon Patient Safety Commission recognizes Patient Safety Reporting Program participants for meeting or exceeding established recognition targets and for their dedication to patient safety. Learn more about the program here.

In 2018, Salem Health was recognized for honorable mention and exceeding patient safety reporting targets in 2017. The honors are announced in March of each year for the previous year.


Spine Center of Excellence

In February of 2018, Salem Health Spine Center was recertified as an official Spine Center of Excellence (COE), certified by the Joint Commission. Earning Center of Excellence recognition makes Salem Health Spine Center a role model for other spine centers all over the country to follow when they create their own programs. 

To maintain the two-year certification, an on-site review is conducted every two years.


Baby-Friendly designated 2017-2022

Salem Hospital has received prestigious international recognition as a Baby-Friendly Designated birth facility.

Baby-Friendly USA, Inc is the U.S. authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund. 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 award recognizes birth facilities that offer breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.

As of 2018, there are 469 active Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers in the United States. The Baby-Friendly designation is given after a rigorous on-site survey is completed. The award is maintained by continuing to practice the Ten Steps as demonstrated by quality processes.


Regional leader for organ donation

In 2017, Salem Hospital received a Hope Award from the Pacific Northwest Transplant Bank. We also had the highest number of tissue donors in the area in 2016.

Organ donation is often the more difficult path, due to clinical, family or timing obstacles, and we are proud to be recognized among those who do the right thing for patients, even when it is not easy. 


Language access team

As of January 2018, all of Salem Health’s interpreters are certified by the Oregon Health Authority Office of Equity and Inclusion.  

Both our Spanish- and Russian-speaking interpreters are certified, which means they have gone through extensive training in medical terminology and cultural sensitivity.  


Breast Imaging Center of Excellence

Salem Health's women’s imaging department was recognized as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology’s Commission on Quality and Safety, and Commission on Breast Imaging.

Awarded in 2016, this 3-year designation is awarded to breast imaging centers that achieve excellence by seeking and earning accreditation in all of the ACR’s voluntary breast-imaging accreditation programs and modules, in addition to the mandatory Mammography Accreditation Program.

Learn more about Breast Imaging Center of Excellence.


Portland Business Journal

Portland Business Journal, lists us as No. 4 in their annual Top Hospitals 2016 list. The yearly list is ranked by net patient revenue from the previous year. They cite statistics showing that we are among the top five busiest hospitals in Oregon. Learn more about this ranking.


Magnet® recognition

We’ve taken nursing to a new level: the top seven percent nationwide! Salem Hospital is a magnet for the best and brightest nurses in the field. How do we know for sure? 

The American Nurses Credentialing Center told us by bestowing the prestigious Magnet designation. We were first recognized with this four-year distinction in 2010 and again in 2015.

Learn more about our Magnet® recognition.

 Press Ganey Success Story award

Press Ganey Success Story 

Press Ganey, an organization that measures health care satisfaction nationwide, awarded Salem Health the 2015 Press Ganey Success Story Award because of the specific and effective way that the organization has built its culture and created positive change.

The award recognizes outstanding health care organizations with compelling stories of innovation and leadership that have measurably improved patient experience, clinical quality and caregiver engagement. Salem Health was one of only 15 organizations across the nation to receive this award. 


Nationally-accredited breast center

First designated in 2010, Salem Health Cancer Institute is one of only three cancer centers in the state to receive the distinction of being a nationally accredited breast center by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers

Patients receiving care at an accredited center can count on comprehensive, state-of-the-art services, a multi-disciplinary approach to coordinated care, information about clinical trials and new treatment options. 

The survey is conducted every three years and will be completed again in 2019.


Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence

In 2010, Salem Health’s Bariatric Surgery Center was named by the American College of Surgeons as an MBSAQIP-accredited Comprehensive Center. The accreditation remains in effect until 2019 when it will come up for review.            

The designation recognizes a consistent track record of favorable outcomes in weight-loss surgery. 

Since many insurance companies require members to use a center of excellence, more people can now have surgery and follow-up care close to home. 

Magnet recognition is a big deal!

Our video explains why this matters so much to our community.