Past honors

We're proud to have received a number of recognitions in the past. Once an award or recognition is a few years old, we catalog them here for you to see where we've been!

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Top Workplace 2017

Salem Health is a 2017 Top Workplace.

The Oregonian/OregonLive recognized Salem Health as a Top Workplace in Oregon and southwest Washington for the third time out of the six 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.

 Oregon Rural Health

In 2017, for the second year in a row, the Oregon Office of Rural Health recognized critical access hospitals and their quality improvement officers as top performers on reporting under the Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project program. 

MBQIP was instituted by The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy in 2011, this quality reporting program is a set of quality measures specific to low volume Critical Access Hospitals. MBQIP provides an opportunity for CAHs to look at the quality data that makes sense for them and to develop quality improvement activities to provide the highest quality care to their patients.  

West Valley Hospital received the yearly Top Performer Award, for reporting all quality measures.


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.
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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 our community voted us Best Hospital, Best Place to Have a Baby and Best Surgery Center.



Portland Business Journal

Portland Business Journal, lists us as No. 4 in their annual Top Hospitals 2016 list. The yearly list is ranked by net patient revenue from the previous year. They cite statistics showing that we are among the top five busiest hospitals in Oregon.Learn more about this ranking.



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 Salem Hospital with the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for 2014. That puts us in the top five 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 one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Critical Care™ in 2014. Check it out at   


American Diabetes Association 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 have been designated an American Diabetes Association Health Champion in 2016.

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.


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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 a 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. 


American College of Nurse-Midwives distinction

Salem Health Midwives and OB/GYN is proud to have been 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 in 2009 and for low episiotomy rates in 2011. 


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 eighth 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! 


National model for psychiatric care

Salem Health is only one of  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. 


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 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. 

2016 BOMV gold

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.