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:

  • In 2021, twelve 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.), Corona Regional Medical Center (Calif.), Doctors Hospital of Laredo (Texas), Henderson Hospital (Nev.), Lakewood Ranch Medical Center (Fla.), Northern Nevada Medical Center (Nev.), South Texas Health System Edinburg (Texas), South Texas Health System McAllen (Texas), St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center (Okla.), Temecula Valley Hospital (Calif.), Texoma Medical Center (Texas) and Wellington Regional Medical Center (Fla.).
  • In 2021, Lakewood Ranch Medical Center was named Top General Hospital by the Leapfrog Group for outstanding quality and safety, and Henderson Hospital was named a Top Teaching Hospital for the second consecutive year
  • Also during the year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Doctors Hospital of Laredo (Texas), Lakewood Ranch Medical Center (Fla.) and St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center (Okla.) earned the Five-Star Overall Rating. The CMS Five-Star designation is based on performance across various measures of quality including safety of care, readmission rate, mortality, timely and effective care and patient experience.*
  • St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center (Okla.) ranked among Newsweek’s World’s Best Hospitals 2022 — United States. The list is based on recommendations from medical experts, results from patient surveys and medical KPIs on hospitals (e.g., data on quality of treatment, hygiene measures).

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

Patient Safety

  • 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)
  • The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval for Advance Certification for Primary Stroke Center
  • The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association®/American Stroke Association® Advanced Certification as a Primary Heart Attack Center
  • American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus
  • 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 — Gold Heart Failure Award
  • 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: American College of Cardiology’s National Cardiology Data Registry (NCDR) Chest Pain — MI Registry Gold Performance Achievement Award, an honor only given to 60 U.S. hospitals
  • Healthgrades Excellence Award for Cardiac Care Coronary Intervention and Stroke Care
  • Healthgrades Five Star recipient for Coronary Bypass Surgery, Heart Failure, [STHS Edinburg 2022 for both], STHS Heart
  • Women’s Choice Award for Heart Care and 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 Five-Star Recipient for Hip Fracture Treatment
  • Women’s Choice Award for Orthopedics

Women’s Health

  • Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology’s Center of Excellence designation, recognizing just 70 institutions and programs worldwide that demonstrate excellence in obstetric anesthesia care, sets a benchmark level of expected care to improve the standards nationally, and provides a broad surrogate quality metric of institutions providing obstetric anesthesia care.
  • 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
  • Women’s Choice Award for Comprehensive Breast Center
  • Healthgrades Five-Star Recipient C-Section Delivery, Gynecologic Procedures
  • Surgical Review Corporation’s Center of Excellence Designation — Minimally Invasive Gynecology
  • 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

Surgery

  • Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for General Surgery and Prostate Surgery
  • Healthgrades Specialty Excellence Awards in Cranial Neurosurgery, General Surgery, Gynecologic Surgery and Prostate Surgery
  • Healthgrades Five-Star Recipient for Appendectomy, Gallbladder Removal Surgery and Hysterectomy
  • Blue Distinction Center Designation — Spine Surgery
  • Blue Distinction Center+ Designation — Bariatric Surgery
  • 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 Distinction Award and Robert A. Warriner III, Clinical Excellence Award (Hyperbaric Medicine)
  • Healthgrades Excellence Award for Gastrointestinal Care
  • 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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