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Regional and national awards

Reward and recognition is an essential part of our culture of nursing and inter-professional clinical excellence at Salem Health. We proudly recognize the contributions of professional nursing in our organization in our Nursing and Clinical Excellence Annual Reports.


American Association of Critical-care Nurses:

  • Beacon Awards for Excellence in Critical Care since 2006.
  • Beacon Award Silver level for CVCU, 2018.
  • Beacon Award Gold level for IMCU, 2018.
  • Beacon Award Gold level for ICU, 2019.


Honors in cancer treatment

  • American College of Surgeon’s (ACS) NAPBC accreditation.
  • American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC) accredited cancer program.
  • American College of Surgeons National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, first designed in 2010.
  • Lung Cancer Alliance Screening Center of Excellence.


Women and Children’s Services

  • World Health Organization Baby-Friendly USA designated birth facility (2017-2022).
  • Press Ganey Top Decile Performance Award, Medication Domain, Obstetrics.
  • American College of Nurse-Midwives: Willamette Valley Midwives recognized for the distinction of “best practice” in the U.S. for lowest percentage of cesarean sections and highest percentage of vaginal births.


US News & World Report 2018-2019

  • Best Hospitals, #4 in Oregon.
  • High performing in the following specialties: diabetes, endocrinology, urology and pulmonology and the following procedures/conditions: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, colon cancer surgery, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, hip replacement and knee replacement.


U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

  • HHS sustained improvement award for achievement in eliminating ventilator-associated pneumonia and central-line associated bloodstream infections in ICU.    
  • Sustained Improvement award (only Oregon hospital to earn one), U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: National model for psychiatric care for reducing the use of seclusion and restraints in psychiatric care.


Other honors and awards

  • Top Workplace for 2018, The Oregonian (fourth time in past seven years).
  • American College of Radiology’s Commission on Breast Imaging: Breast Imaging Center of Excellence.
  • American Diabetes Association: Wellness Lives Here SM Health Champion.
  • American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery: Bariatric Surgery accredited comprehensive center since 2010, re-accredited in 2013, 2016, 2019.
  • Becker’s Hospital Review: list of 100 Great Community Hospitals nationwide in 2016 and 2018.
  • The Joint Commission: Recertified in 2018 the Salem Health Spine Center of Excellence and the Salem Health Joint Replacement Center of Excellence, for hips and knees.
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center, Magnet®: Salem Hospital reached Magnet® designation in 2010 and was re-designated in 2014.
  • National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers: Nationally accredited breast center - Salem Cancer Institute is one of only three cancer centers in the state to receive this distinction.
  • Oregon Health Authority: Accredited as Level III Trauma Center 1992-2012; Level II in 2013, 2016 through 2019.
  • Oregon Patient Safety Commission: Exceeding patient safety reporting targets, Oregon Patient Safety Commission Patient Safety Reporting Program, 2016, 2017 and honorable mention in 2018.
  • Pacific Northwest Transplant Bank: Hope Award in 2017, highest number of tissue donors in 2016.
  • Statesman Journal Online Readers’ Poll, Best of Mid-Willamette Valley: Best Place to Have a Baby (2013 to 2019), Best Hospital.
  • Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019.