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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.

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Center of Distinction Award

In July 2020, Salem Hospital’s Advanced Wound Center received the Center of Distinction Award from Healogics, Inc, recognizing outstanding clinical outcomes in wound healing rates and patient satisfaction achieved over 12 consecutive months in 2019. During this time, the wound center averaged a 92% healing rate and 96% patient satisfaction rate.

Salem Hospital clinical staff provide highly specialized wound care to patients suffering from diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections and other chronic wounds which have not healed in a reasonable amount of time.

The Center of Distinction Award is valid until July 2021 when Healogics Inc. will evaluate the Advanced Wound Center for award renewal based on 2020 performance. Healogics Inc. is the nation’s leading provider of advanced wound care and partners with 600 hospitals nationwide.

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Lung Cancer Screening Center of Excellence

Designated by the Lung Cancer Alliance, screening centers of excellence meet the standards of the American College of Radiology, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network and 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. Designees also commit to provide clear, current information on who is a candidate for lung cancer screening.

Salem Health first became a Lung Cancer Screening Center of Excellence in 2015, receiving the distinction again in 2018 and was most recently reaffirmed in 2020. The next assessment will take place in January 2022.

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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 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.

Due to COVID-19, Salem Health did not participate in the 2020 survey.

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Best of the Mid-Valley

Each year, the Statesman Journal conducts the Best of the Mid-Valley People's Choice Awards. For 2020, we are proud to announce our community voted us winners for the following:

  • Best Hospital
  • Local Surgery Center 
  • Most Innovative Workplace
Our community voted us as finalists (top 3) in the following categories:

  • Local Weight Loss Finalist
  • Best Place to Have a Baby 
  • Best Company Culture
  • Best Overall Leadership
  • Best Local Medical Practice 

Nationally recognized by U.S.News & World Report

For their 2020-2021 Best Hospitals GuidebookU.S.News & World Report listed Salem Hospital as one of the top hospitals in the region. 

Salem Hospital received “high performing” recognition in two adult specialties:

  • Nephrology
  • Pulmonology & Lung Surgery

Salem Hospital also received “high performing” recognition in the following 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 third 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 patients of all ages. Facility services and resource requirements are similar to Level I.  

Every trauma patient who arrives in the Salem Hospital emergency department is met by a trauma team with resuscitation life-support equipment to ensure rapid evaluation and treatment.

Salem Hospital is scheduled to participate in a survey conducted by OHA on July 30, 2021, for re-designation of its Level II accreditation.


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 March 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 will be assessed again for this award in March 2020.

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 October 2018. Salem Hospital will be assessed again for this award in October 2022.

Salem Hospital's cardiovascular care unit earned its second Silver Beacon in 2019. Salem Hospital will be assessed again for this award in October 2021.


Joint Replacement Center of Excellence

In September 2020, Salem Health, in partnership with Hope Orthopedics of Oregon, was nationally recognized as a top provider of excellence in joint-replacement care for the fifth time. Salem Health first received the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for certification in joint replacements in 2012, before receiving it again in 2014, 2016 and 2018. 

Once earned, certification proves a commitment to excellence in providing quality care, so you enjoy the best joint replacement experience. To maintain certification, a program review is conducted every two years. The next review is scheduled for September 2022.


Spine Center of Excellence

In September of 2020, Salem Health Spine Center was recertified by the Joint Commission for the fifth time as an official Spine Center of Excellence (COE). 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 certification, an on-site review is conducted every two years. The next review will be in September 2022.


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.

In situations where organ donation becomes a possibility, choosing that path is difficult due to clinical, family and timing obstacles that often exist. We are proud to be recognized among those who do the right thing for patients, even under challenging circumstances. 


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 Hospital has remained fully accredited since 2011.

Salem Health current accreditations:

Mammography — April 7, 2022
Stereotactic breast biopsy — Aug. 21, 2022
Breast ultrasound — Oct. 12, 2023
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 2019 and will next undergo a CoC survey process in 2022.


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? 

In July 2020, The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® officially redesignated Salem Hospital as a Magnet-recognized organization for a third consecutive time. The 2020 honor also acknowledged four exemplars — exceptional practices that highlight excellence in nursing practice. Read the full press release here.

Salem Health was first recognized with this four-year distinction in 2010 and again in 2015.

Learn more about the prestigious Magnet® recognition program.


Nationally-accredited breast center

Salem Health Cancer Institute is designated by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers as a nationally-accredited breast cancer. 

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. 

Salem Health Cancer Institute first received designation in 2010 and was most recently accredited in October 2019, for a fourth consecutive time. Surveys are conducted every three years with the next one scheduled for October 2022.


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. Salem Hospital received this accreditation again in 2013, 2016 and most recently in July 2019. The accreditation remains in effect until July 2023 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.