Accreditations, Awards, Accolades

Our commitment to excellence every day, every time, is evident in the status and recognition that CHI Franciscan Health and its individual hospitals and programs earn:


  • CHI Franciscan Health’s family birth centers have been recognized as Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Distinction® Centers for maternity care. As a Blue Distinction Center, our family birth centers are recognized for their expertise in delivering patient care both safely and effectively.
    • The Family Birth Center at St. Joseph Medical Center
    • The Family Birth Center at St. Elizabeth Hospital
    • The Family Birth Center at St. Francis Hospital
    • The Family Birth Center at Harrison Medical Center
    • The Family Birth Center at Highline Medical Center
  • CHI Franciscan Health has earned the distinction of being the first Accredited Heart Failure System in the Northwest by The Battelle Healthcare Colloquium
    • St. Joseph Medical Center bears recognition as an Accredited Heart Failure Institute
    • St. Anthony Hospital, St. Clare Hospital, St. Elizabeth Hospital, St. Francis Hospital, Harrison Medical Center and Highline Medical Center are Accredited Heart Failure Centers.

Learn more about heart failure care.


  • St. Joseph Medical Center:
    • St. Joseph Medical Center has received the American Heart Association the Mission: Lifeline® NSTEMI Early Adopter Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks
    • Has received the annual Consumer Choice Award 14 times from the National Research Corp
    • Earned the 2011 Gold Performance Achievement Award from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association
    • Has received the 3-Star rating for excellence in cardiac surgery from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS)
    • Has received the Blue Distinction® Center for Cardiac Care from Premera Blue Cross  
    • Has received the elite 3-Star rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for Aortic Valve Replacement and Coronary Artery Bypass surgery
  • St. Anthony Hospital received the 2010 and 2011 Excellence through Insight Award for patient satisfaction from HealthStream Research
  • St. Clare Hospital received the 2007 Excellence through Insight Award for outpatient satisfaction from HealthStream Research
  • St. Joseph Medical Center, St. Francis Hospital and St. Clare Hospital are multi-year recipients of the Practice Greenhealth Partners for Change Award for innovative programs that protect the environment
  • St. Elizabeth Hospital and Northwest Emergency Physicians of TeamHealth received the Washington State Medical Association’s 2010 William O. Robertson Patient Safety Award for Achievement
    • Received a Stage 6 award from HIMSS Analytics for minimizing errors and prioritizing IT implementations
    • Received a Stage 7 award from HIMSS Analytics for a paperless environment
  • CHI Franciscan Health received the 2010 Achievement Citation from the Catholic Health Association for excellence in hospice care and palliative medicine.
  • CHI Franciscan Health received the 2007 Washington State Quality Award for performance excellence.
  • CHI Franciscan Health received the 2012 Distinction Award from the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals for physician videos
  • Harrison Medical Center:
    • Earns the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get with the Guidelines® Stroke Bronze Quality Achievement Award
    • Earns the Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement designation by Regence BlueShield in Washington, recognizing outstanding surgical outcomes for patients
    • Is awarded Business of the Year for 2011 by the North Mason Chamber of Commerce
  • Highline Medical Center:
    • Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission
    • Has earned the 2013 “Washington State Hospital Association Safe Care in Action” award through participation in the Partnership for Patients national initiative
    • Washington State Hospital Association Achieving Best Care Award
    • Was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award by The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC)
    • Silver Plus Achievement Award for Stroke Care from the American Heart and Stroke Associations
    • Received a five-star rating for joint replacement surgery and excellence in orthopedics from HealthGrades, the nation's leading independent healthcare ratings organization


  • CHI Franciscan Health has been ranked among the Top 100 Integrated Health Networks in the nation since 2004 by IMS Health
  • St. Joseph Heart & Vascular Center is designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care by Premera Blue Cross and Regence Blue Shield
  • St. Elizabeth Hospital:
    • Is the first new hospital in Washington state to be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified by the U.S. Green Building Council
    • Is ranked among the 25 "Most Wired" small and rural hospitals in the nation by Hospitals and Health Networks magazine for informational technology that supports quality patient care and operational efficiencies
    • Has attained Meaningful Use Stage 2, part of the national initiative for healthcare organizations to adopt and integrate electronic health records
  • Harrison HealthPartners Cardiothoracic Surgery is ranked the best in Washington State by Consumer Reports