Quality awards
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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.

 Screening Center of Excellence Seal

Lung Cancer Screening Center of Excellence

Developed by the Lung Cancer Alliance, designated Screening Centers of Excellence (SCOE) commit to comply with comprehensive standards based on best practices developed by professional bodies such as the American College of Radiology, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network and the International Early Lung Cancer Action Program. These standards are for controlling screening quality, radiation dose and diagnostic procedures within an experienced, multi-disciplinary clinical setting. SCOE designees also commit to provide clear information based on current evidence on who is a candidate for lung cancer screening.


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 2020.

The 2020 Watson Health™ study identifies top-performing cardiovascular hospitals in the U.S. using independent and objective research to analyze a balanced scorecard of publicly available clinical, operational and patient satisfaction metrics and data. This is the fifth time — and third year in a row — Salem Hospital has been recognized with this honor.  

 Top Workplace 2019 logo

Top Workplace 2019

Salem Health is a 2019 Top Workplace.

The Oregonian/OregonLive recognized Salem Health as a Top Workplace in Oregon and southwest Washington for the fifth time out of the eight 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 Gold logo

Best of the Mid-Valley

Each year, the Statesman Journal conducts the Best of the Mid-Valley People's Choice Awards. For 2019, 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 (silver)
  • Best Weight Loss Service (silver)
  • Best Medical Practice (bronze)

Nationally recognized by U.S.News & World Report

For their 2019-2020 Best Hospitals GuidebookU.S.News & World Report listed Salem Hospital as a top hospital in the region. 

Salem Hospital also received the highest rating possible in pulmonology and the following six procedures and conditions:

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

U.S. News & World Report issue rankings and ratings annually.

This is the second consecutive year Salem Hospital received recognition.


Level II Trauma Center accreditation

In 2013, Oregon Health Authority 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 as Level IIIIII, or IV, with Level I and II centers offering the highest level of care. Level II trauma centers provide care for severely injured adult and pediatric patients with complex trauma. Facility services and resource requirements are similar to Level I.  

At Salem Hospital, every trauma patient who arrives in the emergency department is met by a 10-member trauma team consisting of trauma surgeons, emergency medicine physicians, anesthesiologists, physician specialists, nurses, ancillary services and resuscitation life-support equipment on a 24-hour-a-day basis to ensure rapid evaluation and treatment of their injuries or illnesses.

Salem Hospital is due to be surveyed again in July 2020.


Beacon Award for Excellence

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses recognizes hospital units that show remarkable collaboration, and high staff morale. These units receive the Beacon Award for Excellence in bronze, silver or gold. Honorees have also shown an emphasis on evidence-based care and low hospital-acquired infection rates. Designations last for three years.

In 2018, Salem Hospital’s intermediate care unit earned the Gold Beacon — the highest level award. This makes Salem Health one of only six hospitals in Oregon to hold the gold designation.

Salem Hospital's intensive care unit was the first in Oregon to earn this award in 2007 — then earned three more consecutive Silver Beacons before receiving the Gold Beacon award in 2018.

The cardiovascular care unit earned its second Silver Beacon in 2019.


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 recent years, Salem Health received the following OPSC honors:

2019: To be announced in March of 2020
2018: Exceeding recognition targets honoree (current)
2017: Patient safety reporting program honorable mention
2016: Leading through transparency honoree
2014: Patient safety reporting program leading participant 

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 469active 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

In 2011, the American College of Radiology’s Commission on Quality and Safety, and Commission on Breast Imaging designated Salem Health's women’s imaging department as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. To achieve this recognition, Salem Hospital earned accreditation in the Mammography Accreditation Program from the ACR and the following modalities: mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound and breast MRI.  

Each accreditation remains valid for three years at which time hospitals apply for renewal. The BICOE certificate remains as long as a facility is fully accredited in all four modalities.

Salem Health current accreditations:

Mammography — April 7, 2022
Stereotactic breast biopsy — Aug. 21, 2022
Breast ultrasound — Oct. 12, 2020
Breast MRI — March 15, 2022

Learn more about Breast Imaging Center of Excellence.


The Commission on Cancer accreditation

The Commission on Cancer — a quality program of the American College of Surgeons — is the only national accreditation program that recognizes cancer centers for their commitment to providing comprehensive, high-quality and multidisciplinary patient-centered care. The three-year CoC accreditation is a voluntary commitment by a cancer program that ensures patients will have access to a full scope of services required to diagnose, treat, rehabilitate, and support patients with cancer and their families.

The cancer program at Salem Health has been accredited by the CoC since 1952, demonstrating our commitment to local cancer care. Salem Health was last accredited in 2016 and will be undergoing a CoC survey process in 2019.


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

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 2022 when it will come up for review.            

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

Magnet recognition is a big deal!

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