Awards and Distinctions

Magnet Recognized

Hospitals that are magnet recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) have achieved the highest level of nursing excellence. A CHI Health hospital with magnet designation is CHI Health St. Elizabeth.

The ANCC also recognized hospitals that are on the Pathway to Excellence. Hospitals in our system on the Pathway are CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center - Bergan Mercy & Lasting Hope Recovery Center, CHI Health Immanuel, and CHI Health Mercy Corning.

IBM Watson Top Quintile

CHI Health was recognized in the top quintile of health systems for 2018. The best-performing systems were among 338 systems evaluated on nine Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services measures. According to IBM Watson Health, based on the results of this year’s study, if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities: 

  • Nearly 102,000 additional lives could be saved
  • More than 43,000 additional patients could be complication-free
  • More than $4.4 billion in inpatient costs could be saved

Approximately 200,000 fewer discharged patients would be readmitted within 30 days. 

Behavioral Care Awards & Recognitions

Blue Distinction® Center for Substance Use Treatment and Recovery

CHI Health St. Francis is designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Substance Use Treatment and Recovery by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska, an independent licensee of Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.

Cancer Care Awards & Recognitions

COC Outstanding Achievement Award

The Commission on Cancer (CoC)’s Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) is designed to recognize cancer programs that strive for excellence in demonstrating compliance with the CoC standards and are committed to ensuring high quality cancer care.

NCI Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP)

Only 21 cancer centers in the nation have the National Cancer Institute (NCI) NCCCP designation. St. Francis was an original member when the program launched in 2007, and we continue our participation today. 

NCI Community Oncology Research Program

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) is a national NCI-supported network that brings cancer prevention clinical trials and cancer care delivery research (CCDR) to people in their communities.

National Quality Measures for Breast Centers

The CHI Health Breast Health Center has achieved the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers (NQMBC™) Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence accreditation. This is the highest certification level. This certification recognizes a center’s quality performance as meeting quality standards criteria. 

American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Center of Excellence

This designation is awarded to breast imaging centers that achieve excellence by seeking and earning accreditation in all of the ACR’s voluntary breast-imaging accreditation programs and modules, in addition to the mandatory Mammography Accreditation Program.

National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers

The CHI Health Breast Health Center and CHI Health St. Francis are accredited by the American College of Surgeon's National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. Accreditation by the NAPBC is granted only to those centers that are voluntarily committed to providing the best possible care to patients with diseases of the breast. 

QOPI® Certification

CHI Health Regional Cancer Center is a QOPI® Certified Practice. Certification by the QOPI Certification Program is an acknowledgement that this practice meets certain defined quality and safety standards in the administration of cancer care. In order to achieve QOPI® Certification, this oncology practice has participated in QOPI® and met or exceeded a benchmark score on measures that compared the quality of their care against national standards.

Heart Care Awards & Recognitions

Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence

Creighton University Medical Center - Bergan Mercy, Immanuel, Lakeside, Mercy Council Bluffs and Midlands hospital Cardiac Catheterizations Labs all are ACE-accredited. This important accomplishment demonstrates these facilities are dedicated to maintaining best practices and the highest safety standards for interventional cardiology procedures. 

2010 Triple Gold Recognition to CHI Health Midlands Hospital for coronary artery disease (CAD), heart failure (HF) and stroke (S).

CHI Health was the only health care system in Nebraska to be named one of the top health systems in the United States for 2015.

From 2006-2009, CHI Health earned top performer in the Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration (HQID) which rewards hospitals for delivering high quality care in five clinical areas: Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) or heart attack; Heart Failure; Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG); Pneumonia; Hip and Knee Replacement.

The Coronary Bypass team of the Heart & Vascular Institute received the highest quality rating (3-stars) from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons in 2010 and the first half of 2011. 

Intensive Care Unit Awards & Recognitions

Beacon Award for Excellence

The intensive care unit at CHI Health Good Samaritan was awarded a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). This significant milestone nationally recognizes caregivers who are continuously learning and putting effective systems in place to successfully achieve optimal patient care.

Maternity Care Awards & Recognitions

Blue Distinction® Center for Maternity Care

CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center – Bergan Mercy, Immanuel, Lakeside, St. Elizabeth and St. Francis are designated as a Blue Distinction Centers for maternity care by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska, an independent licensee of Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.

Neurology Awards & Recognitions

Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Centers

CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center - Bergan Mercy, CHI Health Immanuel, CHI Health Lakeside, CHI Health Mercy Council Bluffs, CHI Health St. Elizabeth, CHI Health St. Francis, and CHI Health Good Samaritan are all certified primary stroke centers by the Joint Commission.

Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center

CHI Health Immanuel’s Neurological Institute is only the fourth program in the country to receive a new advanced stroke certification for a Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center. In order to get the special certification, the Immanuel Neurological Institute had to meet rigorous standards set by the Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. 

Orthopedics Awards & Recognitions

Blue Distinction® Center for Hip and Knee Replacement

CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center – Bergan Mercy, CHI Health Good Samaritan, CHI Health Immanuel, CHI Health Lakeside, and CHI Health St. Francis are designated as Blue Distinction Centers for Hip and Knee Replacement by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska, an independent licensee of Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. CHI Health Mercy Council Bluffs has the Blue Distinction Plus designation for Hip and Knee Replacement.

Blue Distinction® Center for Spine Surgery

CHI Health St. Elizabeth and CHI Health St. Francis are designated as Blue Distinction Centers for Spine Surgery by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska, an independent licensee of Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. CHI Health Good Samaritan has the Blue Distinction Plus designation for Spine Surgery.

Radiology Awards & Recognitions

American College of Radiology Accreditation

CHI Health imaging locations are accredited by the American College of Radiology for Excellent Imaging. Our personnel are well qualified, through education and certification, to perform and interpret your medical images.

Rehabilitation Care Awards & Recognitions

Immanuel Rehabilitation Institute is CARF-accredited

Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accreditation demonstrates a program’s quality, transparency, and commitment to the satisfaction of the persons served. 

Weight Management Awards & Recognitions

CHI Health Immanuel has been named a Fully Accredited MBSAQIP (Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accredited Quality Improvement Program) by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The MBSAQIP Accreditation recognizes surgical programs with a demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes and a complication rate of less than one percent in bariatric surgery.

The ASMBS and ACS MBSAQIP was created to recognize bariatric surgery centers that meet the highest standards in the industry and to help surgeons and hospitals continue to improve the quality and safety of care provided. As a fully-accredited program, CHI Health Immanuel agrees to continue to share information on clinical pathways, protocols and outcomes data.

Additional Designations

Women's Health Awards & Recognitions

CHI Breast Center of Excellence

In order to obtain this designation, a breast center must hold accreditation with the American College of Surgeon’s National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), be recognized as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence (BICOE) by the American College of Radiology, and be certified as a Quality Breast Center of Excellence through the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers (NQMBC). Less than 1% of breast centers across the country have achieved this significant accomplishment.

Campus Specific Awards & Recognitions

U.S. News & World Report Accolades

For 29 years, U.S. News & World Report has ranked and rated hospitals, comparing performance in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. Several CHI Health hospitals were designated as High-Performing Hospitals because they have one or more specialty that ranks in the top 10% of all hospitals in the nation. They include:

  • CHI Health Nebraska Heart, Lincoln, NE
  • CHI Health Mercy Council Bluffs, Council Bluffs, IA
  • CHI Health Good Samaritan, Kearney, NE
  • CHI Health St. Elizabeth, Lincoln, NE
  • CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center - Bergan Mercy, Omaha, NE

Critical Access Top 100 Hospitals

These hospitals are top performers in managing risk, achieving higher quality, securing better outcomes, increasing patient satisfaction and operating at a lower cost than their peers.

  • CHI Health Missouri Valley, Missouri Valley, Iowa

The National Rural Health Association recognizes the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals from a list of the Top 100 that have achieved success based on the Hospital Strength Index. Among the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals for Best Practice in Quality:

  • CHI Health Missouri Valley, Missouri Valley, Iowa
  • CHI Health Plainview, Plainview, Neb.

Top 20 for Patient Experience:

  • CHI Health Mercy Corning, Corning, Iowa

Visit the Awards pages for these campuses to learn more about their awards and distinctions: