Regional and national awards

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


  • Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence (every year since 2011)
  • Beacon Award Silver level for CVCU
  • Beacon Award Gold level for IMCU
  • Beacon Award Silver level for ICU


  • 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
  • Lung Cancer Alliance Screening Center of Excellence
  • 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

Women’s 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

  • Best Hospitals, No. 4 in Oregon
  • High performing in Gastroenterology, surgery, and Pulmonology

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

  • One of the “Most Connected” for our adoption of electronic records
  • HHS sustained improvement award for achievement in eliminating ventilator-associated pneumonia and central-line associated bloodstream infections in ICU

U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

  • Sustained Improvement award (only Oregon hospital to earn one)
  • 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™ Health Champion
  • American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence
  • Becker’s Hospital Review’s list of 100 Great Community Hospitals nationwide in 2016
  • The Joint Commission: Salem Health Spine Center of Excellence and Salem Health Joint Replacement Center of Excellence, for hips and knees
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center, Magnet®: Salem Hospital Magnet® designated in 2010, re-designated in 2014
  • iVantage Health Analytics: HEALTHSTRONG Top 100 Hospitals
  • Oregon Department of Human Services: Accredited as Level II Trauma Center
  • Oregon Patient Safety Commission: Exceeding patient safety reporting targets, Oregon Patient Safety Commission Patient Safety Reporting Program, 2016
  • Pacific Northwest Transplant Bank: LifeSaver Award – ICU
  • Portland Business Journal: Top Oregon Hospitals (#4) 2014-2015
  • Statesman Journal Online Readers’ Poll, Best of Mid- Willamette Valley: Best Place to Have a Baby, Every Year since 2013
  • Truven Health Analytics: 2015/2016 - Top 50 cardiovascular hospital two years in a row
  • IBM Watson Health 50 top Cardiovascular Hospitals 2018

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