Award winning care and national honors

Whether we’re treating 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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Statesman Journal's Best of the Mid-Valley

Each year, the Statesman Journal conducts the Best of the Mid-Valley People’s Choice Awards. For 2017, we are proud to announce that our community voted us Best Hospital, Best Place to Have a Baby and Best Surgery Center.

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Becker's Hospital Review 100 Great Community Hospitals 2016

The Becker's editorial team selected Salem Health for inclusion based on rankings and awards from top health care rating organizations, such as Healthgrades and the American Nurses Credentialing Center.  See the full list of 100 here.

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Top Workplace 2017

Salem Health is a 2017 top Workplace! 2017 is the sixth year The Oregonian/OregonLive has recognized the Top Workplaces in Oregon and southwest Washington and the third year Salem Health has been honored. 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.

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Special recognition for stroke care

Salem Health received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s 2017 Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association recognizes this hospital for achieving 85% or higher compliance with all Get with the Guidelines®–Stroke Achievement Measures and 75% or higher compliance with five or more Get With the Guidelines®–Stroke Quality Measures for two or more consecutive years to improve quality patient care and outcomes.
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Top cardiovascular hospital two years in a row

The prestigious Truven Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals annual awards programs named Salem Health as one of the highest-performing cardiovascular hospitals in the nation.

Using independent public data, the Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study recognizes hospitals that have demonstrated long-term excellence in care, efficiency, and community value. As an award winner, we have met national benchmarks for performance in terms of patient care, patient satisfaction and financial operations. 



When you come to Salem Health for care you really are getting the best. Don’t just take our word for it. Healthgrades, the nation’s leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals, recognized our Salem hospital with the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for 2014. That puts us in the top 5 percent of the more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide for clinical performance and solidifies the hospital as a national leader in clinical excellence.

And the good news doesn’t stop there. They also named us as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Critical Care™ in 2014. The list of Healthgrades recognitions is too long to repeat here, so check us out at

Why does all this matter to you? Healthgrades says that if all other hospitals in the U.S. performed at the level of Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence, 156,036 lives could potentially have been saved. You can also read how Healthgrades assesess quality


Magnet® recognition

We’ve taken nursing to a new level: the top 7 percent nationwide! Our 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. Learn more about our Magnet® recognition.


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.

Salem Health was recognized for exceeding patient safety reporting targets in 2016.

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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 a specific and effective way that the organization has built 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. 


ADA Corporate Health Champion

Our commitment to making the health and wellness of our staff a priority has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association. We are honored to be designated an ADA Health Champion.

This designation recognizes companies and organizations that inspire and encourage organizational well-being and is part of the Association’s Wellness Lives HereSM initiative. To qualify, an organization must meet the healthy living criteria in three areas: nutrition and weight management, physical activity, and organization well-being.



Becker’s Hospital Review

Salem Health's Salem campus was recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review on its list of 100 Great Community Hospitals nationwide in 2016. We’re proud to be part of this elite group!

Becker's defines community hospital as a hospital with fewer than 550 beds with minimal teaching programs. The hospitals on this list have continually worked to provide high-quality care. The Becker's editorial team selected community hospitals based on rankings and awards from such organizations as iVantage Health Analytics, Truven Health Analytics, Healthgrades and CareChex.


Breast Imaging Center of Excellence

Our Women’s Imaging Department was recognized as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology’s Commission on Quality and Safety, and Commission on Breast Imaging. Learn more about Breast Imaging Center of Excellence.


Portland Business Journal

Portland Business Journal, 2014-2015 lists us as #4 in their annual Top Hospitals list. It’s ranked by 2013 gross patient revenue. They cite statistics showing  that we are among the top 5 largest and busiest hospitals in Oregon. Learn more about this ranking.


Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence

Salem Health's Salem hospital was the first Oregon hospital to earn the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

It made history again as the first hospital in Oregon and just one of 18 in the nation to earn the honor a second and third time.

The Beacon Award recognizes the nation's top hospital units caring for acutely and critically ill patients.


American College of Nurse-Midwives distinction

Willamette Valley Midwives is proud to be recognized by the American College of Nurse-Midwives for earning the distinction of "best practice" in the U.S. for lowest percentage of cesarean sections and highest percentage of vaginal births.

The annual study identifies those best clinical practices that lead to the best outcomes.


Nationally accredited breast center

Salem 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.


Nationally recognized by U.S.News & World Report

For their  2012-2013 Best Hospitals Guidebook, U.S.News & World Report analyzed data on nearly 5,000 U.S. hospitals to identify the best—which included us!

They rated Salem Health “high-performing in pulmonology in their “Best Hospitals 2013” rankings. They also ranked us the 8th best hospital in Oregon overall and one of the “Most Connected” hospitals for our adoption of electronic records.

To be nationally ranked, a hospital must excel across a range of tough cases within a given specialty, so we’re very proud to be on the list!


Level II Trauma Center accreditation

The Oregon Department of Human Services has accredited our Salem emergency department as a Level II Trauma Center, ready to care 24/7 for the Willamette Valley’s most seriously injured patients.

Every trauma patient who arrives in the emergency department is met by a 10-member trauma team consisting of physicians, nurses and other support staff to ensure rapid evaluation and treatment of their injuries.


National model for psychiatric care

Salem Health is one of ten hospitals identified by the Federal government’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration as a national model for reducing the use of seclusion and restraints in psychiatric care.

The designation recognizes those centers that have implemented practices that keep both patients and staff in a safe environment.


Joint Replacement Center of Excellence

Salem Health, in partnership with Hope Orthopedics of Oregon, is 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.


Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence

Salem Health’s Bariatric Surgery Center has been named by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence®.

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

Since many insurance companies require members to use a center of excellence, more people can now have surgery and follow-up care close to home.


HHS sustained improvement award

Salem Health is the only Oregon hospital to earn one of the first-ever sustained improvement awards given by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for achievement in eliminating ventilator-associated pneumonia and central-line associated bloodstream infections in the intensive care unit.

Salem Health has had none of these types of infections for a significant period of time. The Salem Health's intensive care unit in Salem was among 10 hospital units to be honored for this achievement in both infection types.


Regional leader for organ donation

Salem Health was the first recipient of the Pacific Northwest Transplant Bank’s newly-created LifeSaver Award, which goes to a hospital or patient care unit that has done something out of the ordinary to make organ donation possible.

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 the easy thing.


Language Access team recognized

Salem Health is the first hospital in Oregon — and one of the few in the nation — to have the majority of its interpreters nationally certified by the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters.

Both our Spanish- and Russian-speaking interpreters are certified, which means they have gone through extensive training in medical terminology and cultural sensitivity.

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Best Place to Have a Baby

The Salem Health Family Birth Center was voted the best place to have a baby four years in a row by the Statesman Journal’s “Best of the Mid-Valley” competition.


Spine Center of Excellence

The Salem Spine Center is an official Spine Center of Excellence (COE), certified by the Joint Commission. Earning Center of Excellence recognition makes Salem Spine Center a role model for other spine centers all over the country to follow when they create their own programs.

Magnet recognition is a big deal!

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