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Awards & Recognition

Respected agencies continually rank St. Patrick Hospital among the top performers. See below for annual awards received by St. Patrick Hospital:

2014 St. Patrick Hospital Awards

  • Providence St. Patrick Hospital was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health AnalyticsTM. The Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals® study identifies hospitals and leadership teams that provide the highest level of value to their communities based on a national balanced scorecard. The 100 Top Hospitals scorecard measures hospital performance across 10 areas: mortality; inpatient complications; patient safety; average patient stay; expenses; profitability; patient satisfaction; adherence to clinical standards of care; and post-discharge mortality and readmission rates for acute heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia.
  • The Marketing and Communications Department of Providence St. Patrick Hospital was awarded a 2014 Gold ADDY winner in the local level of the American Advertising Awards for the Providence Western Montana Brand Campaign called Powerful Medicine. The American Advertising Awards are the largest creative competition in the world with over 40,000 local entries competing in 200 markets coast to coast.
  • Providence St. Patrick Hospital earned the Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Breast Center. All awarded centers have met the high standards of the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and carry the Breast Imaging Center of Excellence (BICOE) seal from the American College of Radiology. They also have above average patient recommendation ratings according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

2013 St. Patrick Hospital Awards

  • Mountain-Pacific Quality Health's 2013 Commitment to Quality Award was presented to Providence St. Patrick Hospital. Mountain-Pacific Quality Health's quality awards reflect continued expectations of engaging patients and families in improving care as well as top performance on quality indicators and system changes, as promoted by today's healthcare industry. Strong leadership support is considered, since it is vital for achieving and sustaining excellent patient safety and improvements in patient care.
  • Providence St. Patrick Hospital was named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics. This is the seventh time Providence St. Patrick Hospital has been recognized with this honor. The 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study evaluates performance in key areas: risk-adjusted mortality, risk-adjusted complications, core measures (a group of measures that assess process of care), percentage of coronary bypass patients with internal mammary artery use, 30-day mortality rates, 30-day readmission rates, severity-adjusted average length of stay, and wage- and severity-adjusted average cost.
  • Providence St. Patrick Hospital has achieved Magnet® recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®, which ensures that rigorous standards for nursing excellence are met. Magnet is the highest recognition an organization can receive for nursing care as established by the ANCC, a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA). St. Patrick Hospital is proud to be only one of two hospitals in the state of Montana to hold this prominent designation. Out of the 6,000 healthcare organizations in the U.S., fewer than 400 have achieved Magnet status.
  • St. Patrick Hospital Nuclear Medicine Department has been awarded the American College of Radiology (ACR) accreditation. The Department has been accredited since 2002. The ACR awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of its practice. The program evaluates personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs. All findings are reported to the practice via a comprehensive report that includes recommendations for improvement.
  • Providence St. Joe’s was named an Energy Star Hospital in 2013, with a rating of 92, the highest score in the Providence system.
  • Providence St. Patrick Hospital earned the Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award, the Spine Surgery Excellence Award, and the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence from Healthgrades, a U.S. company that develops and markets quality and safety ratings of healthcare providers. Healthgrades examines outcomes and complications through an analysis of MedPar and allpayer data based on over 30 cohorts, and is risk-adjusted for complications and mortality.
  • The Joint Commission has recognized Providence St. Joseph Medical Center as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® for 2012. As a Top Performer, St. Joe’s is in the top 33 percent of all Joint Commission-accredited hospitals reporting accountability measure performance data for 2012. The hospital was recognized for the measure set for Surgical Care.
  • Providence St. Patrick Hospital has been recognized as a Top Performer by The Joint Commission
    on Key Quality Measures® for 2012. As a Top Performer, St. Pat’s is in the top 33% of all Joint Commission-accredited hospitals reporting accountability measure performance data for 2012. The hospital was recognized for the measure sets for Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia and Surgical Care.
  • Providence St. Patrick Hospital received the Mountain-Pacific Quality Health Foundation Quality Achievement Award and the Commitment to Quality Award. Both awards recognize hospitals for providing high-quality care in the areas of heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical infection prevention. Mountain-Pacific began the Quality Awards Program to recognize hospitals for their commitment to demonstrating and maintaining exemplarily improvements in patient care. The 2013 Hospital Quality Awards reflect continued expectations of patient/family engagement as well as top performance on quality indicators and system changes as promoted by today’s healthcare industry.
  • Providence St. Patrick Hospital was given the Women’s Choice Award for one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience in Montana. The hospitals are highly rated by women for creating an extraordinary patient experience for women and their families. The process begins with scores derived for each hospital in the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) database. The score takes a subset of the questions HCAHPS uses that research and experience shows are more important to women than to men. WomenCertified® applies weight to each of those questions to adjust for relative importance to arrive at a numerical score. The scoring is objective and uniform. The 100 best scores in each of the four categories determine the America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Outstanding Patient Experience by WomenCertified® award winners.
  • Providence St. Patrick Hospital was given the Women’s Choice Award for being a Best Hospital for Patient Experience in Heart Care. The hospitals are highly rated by women for creating an extraordinary patient experience for women and their families.
  • Becker's Hospital Review has named Providence St. Patrick Hospital one of "100 Great Community Hospitals," a list based on hospitals' quality of care and service to community. Whether independent or part of a larger health system, the hospitals work with limited resources to provide the quality of care and the experience patients expect. The Becker's Hospital Review editorial team selected community hospitals based on rankings and awards from iVantage Health Analytics, Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters), Healthgrades and The Joint Commission. The hospitals on the list have fewer than 550 beds and minimal teaching programs, and are often located in rural areas as the only hospitals in their communities.
  • The American College of Surgeons officially reverified the Trauma Center at Providence St. Patrick Hospital as an ACS Level II Trauma Center. We invite the American College of Surgeons to review our Trauma Program every three years. This year the two trauma surgeon surveyors did not find any deficiencies in our program and easily identified a dozen strengths of our trauma program. We are the only Level II trauma center in Western Montana within a 300-mile radius. In addition this survey, we also have a concurrent survey with the state of Montana trauma services representative to continue our designation as a state Regional Trauma Center.
  • Representatives from Sightlife®, a non-profit health organization and eye bank, awarded St. Patrick Hospital with the 2012 Vision Award. The Vision Award goes to the hospital in the state with the highest number of cornea donors and cornea recipients. Because of the hospital’s dedicated, caring staff, 65 cornea donors resulted in 94 individuals receiving sight-restoring transplants—more than any other hospital in Montana.
  • The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at St. Patrick Hospital was recognized as the top performing outpatient cardiac rehab program participating in the Montana Cardiac Rehab Outcomes Project. The outcomes project is sponsored by the Montana Association of Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (MACVPR) and the Cardiovascular Health Program within the state health department. St. Pat’s cardiac rehab program had the highest rating of all large or interventional hospitals from Montana and Wyoming participating in the project. Of the 14 quality indicators evaluated, St. Pat’s cardiac rehab program exceeded the regional benchmark in 12 of the 14 indicators. This is the sixth consecutive year that the hospital’s cardiac rehab program received this recognition.
  • The Montana State Library Commission has recognized the Learning Center at St. Patrick Hospital with the 2013 Excellent Library Service Award (ELSA). The ELSA is awarded to libraries that demonstrate a high level of service to their communities. Libraries that apply must meet requirement established by the Commission in categories including collection development, information access, policies, planning and evaluations, fiscal management, board accomplishments, continuing education for staff and trustees, and outreach to the community.
  • The Joint Commission, in conjunction with The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, recognized Providence St. Patrick Hospital with Advanced Certification as a Primary Stroke Center. Achievement of Primary Stroke Center Certification signifies our dedication to fostering better outcomes for patients and we meet critical elements of performance to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients.
  • Providence St. Patrick Hospital earned a 2013 CareChex® Quality Award for being ranked #1 in Montana for Medical Excellence in one or more clinical categories based on clinical, financial and patient satisfaction findings.
  • St. Patrick Hospital Receives the 2012 Sightlife® Vision Award.

2012 St. Patrick Hospital Awards

  • Truven Health Analytics named St. Patrick Hospital one of the Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals in the nation.
  • U.S. News & World Report released its Best Hospitals issue. St. Patrick Hospital ranked as “High Performing” in two adult specialties: Gastroenterology and Orthopedics. Also, in one year of patient survey responses, our patients would definitely recommend St. Pat’s to friends and family. View the complete results.
  • Becker's Hospital Review announced St. Patrick Hospital as one of 100 Great Community Hospitals. These hospitals are high-performing community leaders of health and employment. Get more information.
  • In 2012, St. Patrick Hospital's Outpatient Cardiac Rehab led the way in outcomes performance and received the Cardiac Rehab Outcomes Award from the Regional Cardiac Rehabilitation Montana Outcomes Project. Of the 13 quality indicators tracked, St. Patrick’s cardiac rehab met or exceeded the regional benchmark in 11 of those indicators. This is the fifth consecutive year that St. Patrick Cardiac Rehabilitation has tied or won this award. The project is sponsored by the Montana Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and the Cardiovascular Health Program within the Department of Public Health & Human Services.
  • St. Patrick Hospital received the honor of being voted as one of the top three best employers in the Missoula’s Choice awards, an annual community contest held by the Missoulian to recognize the best businesses in town.
  • 2012 Bronze Aster Award Winner for St. Patrick Hospital, St. Joseph Medical Center, Providence Medical Group - Montana television commercial. The Aster Awards recognizes outstanding healthcare professionals for excellence in their advertising/marketing efforts.The 2012 Aster Awards received nearly 3,000 entries from across the United States, Canada and South America. Awards were issued for entries that received top marks from judges placing them in the top 16% of the nation for marketing excellence.

2011 St. Patrick Hospital Awards

  • St. Patrick Hospital received the Healthy Hospital Award for saving $352,293 and diverting 5,413 pounds of medical waste from landfills in 2010. The ‘healthy hospital’ designation is reserved for hospitals that demonstrate outstanding efforts to reduce the environmental footprint of healthcare delivery and improve hospital quality through medical device re-manufacturing and reprocessing.
  • St. Pat's is #1 in the nation for lowest heart failure readmission by making sure that we treat patients correctly the first time, in addition to preparing them for discharge, St. Patrick Hospital has the lowest heart failure readmission rate in the nation.
  • St. Patrick Hospital's in-patient rehabilitation facility earned the Gold Standard Accreditation from The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, CARF, an independent, non-profit accreditor of health and human services.

2010 St. Patrick Hospital Awards

  • Outcomes Excellence Award for Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Award on April 29, 2010 from the Regional Cardiac Rehabilitation Montana Outcomes Project. This project is sponsored by the Montana Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and the Cardiovascular Health Program within the Department of Public Health & Human Services. Of the 10 quality indicators evaluated, the St. Patrick Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation Program exceeded the regional mean more often than any of all large or intervention hospitals from 12 states tracking and reporting a uniform set of quality indicators. This is the third consecutive year that St. Patrick Cardiac Rehabilitation has received this award.
  • St. Patrick Hospital Diabetes Care Services Accreditation, received accreditation from the American Association of Diabetes Educators in April 2010 signifying its compliance with the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME). The overall objectives of DSME are to help patients make informed decisions, use appropriate self-care behaviors, solve problems and collaborate with the healthcare team and to improve clinical outcomes, health and quality of life.
  • St. Patrick Hospital received an Honorable Mention as a Bicycle Friendly Business from the League of American Bicyclists. The Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) program recognizes employers’ efforts to encourage a more bicycle friendly atmosphere for employees and customers. The program honors innovative bike-friendly efforts and provides technical assistance and information to help companies and organizations become even better for bicyclists.
  • Partner for Change Award, Practice Greenhealth gave St. Patrick Hospital the Partner for Change Award, which recognizes healthcare facilities that continuously improve and expand upon their mercury elimination, waste reduction and pollution prevention programs. At a minimum, facilities applying for this award must be recycling 10% of their total waste, have a mercury elimination program in place with a plan for total elimination and have developed other successful pollution prevention programs. Practice Greenhealth is a non-profit group helping hospitals and healthcare facilities to operate with fewer environmental impacts.
  • Environmental Leadership Circle Award, awarded May 16, 2010. The Environmental Leadership Award is the premier award recognizing healthcare facilities that exemplify environmental excellence and are setting the highest standards for environmental practices and sustainability in healthcare. To be considered, facilities must meet the criteria for the Mercury-Free Award, recycle at least 25% of their total waste, be leading the healthcare sector in innovation and sustainability, and be leaders in their community. It is offered by Practice Greenhealth, a non-profit group helping hospitals and healthcare facilities to operate with fewer environmental impacts. St. Patrick Hospital was inducted into the Environmental Leadership Circle in May, 2010.

2009 St. Patrick Hospital Awards

  • 2009 Ecostar Award October 2009
  • 2009 Energy Star Award, Providence Center
  • St. Patrick Hospital 2nd Place in Transportation Best Practices Awards by Missoula in Motion. Missoula in Motion’s Transportation Best Practices Award goes to businesses that have gone the extra mile in making a solid commitment to sustainable transportation programs.
  • St. Patrick Hospital receives Chest Pain Center Accreditation with PCI from the Accreditation Review Committee on July 13, 2009. The Chest Pain Center at St. Patrick Hospital has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and completing on-site evaluations by a review team from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. Key areas in which a
    Chest Pain Center must demonstrate expertise include:
    • Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system
    • Assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients quickly
    • Effectively treating patients with low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms
    • Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures
    • Ensuring Chest Pain Center personnel competency and training
    • Maintaining organizational structure and commitment
    • Maintaining a functional design that promotes optimal patient care
    • Supporting community outreach programs that educate the public to promptly seek medical care if they display symptoms of a possible heart attack
  • St. Patrick Hospital's (Get With the Guidelines) GWTG Stroke Quality Performance Data Advances St. Pat’s to the GWTG Elite Award. The Elite Award is an advanced level of recognition that allows hospitals to be acknowledged for their compliance of the Quality Measures within the GWTG Stroke Program. This is an advanced level of recognition looking at several additional stroke measures beyond the Gold award and looks at a longer time period.
  • St. Patrick Hospital Breast Center Awarded Three-Year Full Accreditation from October 2009 through October 2012 from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. This NAPBC is a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. During the survey process, the center must demonstrate compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease. The standards include proficiency in the areas of: center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement. A breast center that achieves NAPBC accreditation has demonstrated a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease.
    Receiving care at a NAPBC-accredited center ensures that a patient will have access to:
    • Comprehensive care, including a full range of state-of-the-art services
    • A multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best treatment options
    • Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options
    • Quality breast care close to home
  • St. Patrick Hospital Receives Three-Year Full Accreditation as Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers
  • St. Patrick Hospital Receives Monetary Award for Performance in CMS Premier Healthcare Alliance Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration (HQID) Pay-for-Performance Project, St. Patrick Hospital and Health Sciences Center will receive the following awards:
    • Top Performer for AMI, CABG for a total of $20,232
    • Attainment Performance for AMI, CABG, PN for a total of $19,547
  • St. Patrick Hospital Receives Gold ADDY® Award for Color Newspaper Campaign. The Gold award was for the da Vinci “Just What the Doctor Ordered” print campaign.
  • St. Patrick Hospital Receives Gold and Silver Advertising Awards, awarded from the Healthcare Marketing Report’s Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards. The Gold award was for Television Ad/Single for the Women’s Care Center and the Silver award was for a Special Video Production for the Emergency Department Expansion.
  • Sustainable Business Council Nonprofit of the Year—2009, Located in Missoula Montana, the Sustainable Business Council (SBC) supports businesses that would like to pursue more environmentally and socially sustainable practices, while maintaining or enhancing their economic viability. The award is given on behalf of all the green initiatives St. Pat’s has initiated. (Given at the Stensrud Building, May 21, 2009)
  • St. Patrick Hospital continues with the Second Get with the Guidelines (GWTG) Stroke Gold Award. Recognition as a Get With The Guidelines hospital provides tangible evidence of the hospital’s commitment to quality improvement. St. Patrick Hospital’s Stroke Program has been awarded a Gold Achievement Award by the American Heart/Stroke Association for continued quality improvement efforts in stroke care. Hospitals that receive the Gold Award must meet more that 85% on seven measures for at least two years. The performance measures include receiving medications to reduce the risk of secondary stroke and complications associated with stroke. Part of this award is being recognized in the U.S News and World Report Best Hospitals Issue for success in using Get With the Guidelines (SM), a quality improvement program that helps ensure that care for patients with stroke is aligned with the most up-to-date scientific guidelines.
  • St. Patrick Hospital’s Cancer Program Awarded Outstanding Achievement Award. The Commission on Cancer (CoC) awarded St. Patrick Hospital’s Cancer Program the Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) as a result of its 2008 accreditation survey. Ninety-five programs received the OAA as a result of surveys performed in 2008. This number represents 19 percent of the 478 programs surveyed during this period.
  • The award is designed to recognize cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. To earn the OAA, a facility must demonstrate a commendation level of compliance with seven standards that form the basis of the OAA criteria and are drawn from the following areas of program activity:
    • Cancer committee leadership
    • Cancer data management clinical services
    • Research
    • Community outreach
    • Quality improvement
      In addition, the facility received a compliance rating for the remaining 29 cancer program standards. St. Patrick Hospital’s Cancer Program has been accredited since 1998 and now joins other prestigious hospitals such as Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and Swedish Health Services in Seattle in receiving the award.
  • Partner for Change Award, Practice Greenhealth gave St. Patrick Hospital the Partner for Change award, which recognizes healthcare facilities that continuously improve and expand upon their mercury elimination, waste reduction and pollution prevention programs. At a minimum, facilities applying for this award must be recycling 10% of their total waste, have a mercury elimination program in place with a plan for total elimination and have developed other successful pollution prevention programs. Practice Greenhealth is a non-profit group helping hospitals and healthcare facilities to operate with fewer environmental impacts.
  • Making Medicine Mercury Free Award, Practice Greenhealth also awarded St. Patrick Hospital the Making Medicine Mercury-Free award, which recognizes facilities that have virtually eliminated mercury from their facilities and have made a commitment to continue to be “mercury free.” There is a specific list of criteria to accomplish in order to receive the award. Practice Greenhealth, is a non-profit group helping hospitals and healthcare facilities to operate with fewer environmental impacts.
  • US Department of Health and Human Services Medal of Honor for Organ Donation for its high rate of organ and tissue donation.
  • Providence Health & Services’ 2009 President’s Award for Excellence, St. Patrick Hospital Chronic Disease Prevention and Management Program –Cardiometabolic Risk Reduction Pilot was selected as Providence Health & Services’ 2009 President’s Award for Excellence, the highest award level. The project was “considered exceptional by achieving outstanding results from an excellent well-executed team effort that demonstrates a deep commitment to improve the service, care and outcomes for the communities we serve.” The top award, Excellence Award winning projects exhibit major achievements.

2008 St. Patrick Hospital Awards

  • CARF Accreditation In July of 2008, CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) accredited the following programs for three years:
    • Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs - Hospital (Adults)
    • Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs - Hospital (Children and Adolescents)
    • Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs - Hospital (Stroke Specialty Program)
       This achievement is an indication of our organization's dedication and commitment to improving quality of life and continued pattern of excellence.
  • US News Best Hospitals List, August of 2008, St. Patrick Hospital was one of six Providence Hospitals included in the U.S. News and World Report Best Hospitals list for 2008. There are a total of 170 hospitals on the list (out of 5,453 hospitals considered).
  • Medal of Honor/Crystal Award, 2008, St. Pat's received The Medal of Honor and the Crystal Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for its high rate of organ and tissue donation. This is the third year in a row that St. Pat's has been honored.
  • Partnership Recognition Award, May 2008, St. Pat's received the 2008 Partnership Recognition Award from Practice Greenhealth, which confers awards for eco-exemplary behavior of hospitals.
  • Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, May 2008, the Broadway Imaging Center was designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence for both Mammography and Breast Ultrasound by the American College of Radiology's Commission on Quality & Safety and the Commission on Breast Imaging.
  • Blue Distinction Award, St. Patrick Hospital's Bariatric Program received the Blue Distinction Award for Bariatric Surgery from Blue Cross/Blue Shield. St. Pat's is currently the only center in Montana who qualified as of April 2008. Blue Distinction is a nationwide program that creates health care transparency for consumers and providers. 
  • Energy Star Award, 2007, St. Patrick Hospital was awarded the Energy Star Award by the US Environmental Protection Agency. The Energy Star is the mark of superior energy performance.
  • Level II Trauma Verification- The American College of Surgeons has verified that St. Patrick Hospital has a Level II Trauma designation.
  • Providence Health & Services Mission Award In 2007, CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) was awarded the Providence Health & Services Mission Award. CATCH is an evidence-based coordinated school health program designed to promote physical activity and healthy food choices for elementary school-aged children.