Regional and national awards

Reward and recognition is an essential part of our culture of nursing and inter-professional clinical excellence at Salem Health. We proudly recognize the contributions of professional nursing in our organization in our Nursing and Clinical Excellence Annual Reports.

External awards

American Association of Critical-care Nurses:

  • Beacon Awards for Excellence in Critical Care, 2006-2023.
  • Beacon Award Silver level for CVCU, 2018, 2023.
  • Beacon Award Gold level for ICU, 2019, 2023.


Honors in cancer treatment

  • American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC) accredited cancer program.
  • American College of Surgeons National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, 2010-2022.
  • Lung Cancer Alliance Screening Center of Excellence, 2015-2023.


Women and Children’s Services

  • World Health Organization Baby-Friendly USA designated birth facility, 2017-2023.
  • Press Ganey Top Decile Performance Award, Medication Domain, Obstetrics.
  • American College of Nurse-Midwives: Willamette Valley Midwives recognized for the distinction of “best practice” in the U.S. for lowest percentage of cesarean sections and highest percentage of vaginal births.


US News & World Report

  • Best Hospitals, #4 in Oregon.
  • Statesman Journal Online Readers’ Poll, Best of Mid-Willamette Valley: Best Place to Have a Baby (2013-2019), Best Hospital (2020).


U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

  • HHS sustained improvement award for achievement in eliminating ventilator-associated pneumonia and central-line associated bloodstream infections in ICU.    
  • Sustained Improvement award (only Oregon hospital to earn one), U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: National model for psychiatric care for reducing the use of seclusion and restraints in psychiatric care.


Other honors and awards

  • Top Workplace for 2019, The Oregonian (fourth time in past seven years).
  • American College of Radiology’s Commission on Breast Imaging: Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, 2011-2022.
  • American Diabetes Association: Wellness Lives Here SM Health Champion.
  • American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery: Bariatric Surgery accredited comprehensive center since 2010, re-accredited in 2013, 2016, 2019.
  • Becker’s Hospital Review: list of 100 Great Community Hospitals nationwide in 2016 and 2018.
  • The Joint Commission: Recertified in 2023 the Salem Health Spine Center of Excellence and the Salem Health Joint Replacement Center of Excellence, for hips and knees.
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center, Magnet®: Salem Hospital reached Magnet® designation in 2010 and was re-designated in 2015, 2020 and 2023.
  • National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers: Nationally accredited breast center - Salem Cancer Institute is one of only three cancer centers in the state to receive this distinction.
  • Oregon Health Authority: Accredited as Level III Trauma Center 1992-2012; Level II in 2013, 2016 through 2023.
  • Oregon Patient Safety Commission: Exceeding patient safety reporting targets, Oregon Patient Safety Commission Patient Safety Reporting Program, 2016, 2017 and honorable mention in 2018.
  • Pacific Northwest Transplant Bank: Hope Award in 2017, 2020 and 2023, highest number of tissue donors.
  • Statesman Journal Online Readers’ Poll, Best of Mid-Willamette Valley: Best Place to Have a Baby (2013 to 2019), Best Hospital.
  • Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019.
  • Advanced Wound Care Center of Distinction Award, Healogics, awarded in 2020 & 2023.
  • American College of Surgeons: Bariatric Surgery Center awarded as an accredited comprehensive center in 2023