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Achievements & Recognition

Prestigious Awards Received by Southwest General Health Center

At Southwest General, our commitment to the community members we serve, and to an outstanding level of service, has been a defining feature of our health system since its founding in 1920. Here, you will find a list of the awards and recognition we have received. Each of these honors validates the high quality of care and service our health care professionals deliver.

Our achievements include:

  • Pathway Designation logoPathway Designation
    Southwest Community Health System (parent organization of Southwest General Health Center) joins a premier group of organizations that have received Pathway to Excellence® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Southwest General is one of only seven hospitals in Ohio to achieve Pathway to Excellence designation.
  • Emergency Nurses Association Lantern Award 2020-2023 LogoLantern Award
    Southwest General's Main Campus Emergency Department (ED) has been awarded the prestigious Lantern Award from the Emergency Nurses Association for the three-year period of 2017-2020. We are one of only 22 in the U.S. to be nationally recognized. The Lantern Award is given to EDs that exemplify exceptional practice and innovative performance in the core areas of leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research.
  • NCDR logoNCDR Platinum Performance Achievement Award
    A distinction granted for facilities that maintain high standards in the area of heart attack care, following the strict guidelines and recommendations of the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association.
  • Joint Commission logoThe Joint Commission Heart Failure and Primary Stroke Center Certifications
    The hospital's rigorous standard of care for heart attack and stroke care have earned us official recognition by The Joint Commission. This means we meet or exceed all the clinical practice guidelines published by the American Heart Association.

  • Cigna logoCigna Centers of Excellence: Pulmonology Medical (COPD and Pneumonia)
    Named a Cigna Center of Excellence for Joint Replacement and Cardiac Cath and Angioplasty (cardiac catheterization and angioplasty, with and without stent) based on Cigna’s evaluation of hospital quality and affordability for four individual inpatient conditions and procedures and seven categories of conditions and procedures.

  • American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Gold Quality Achievement Award Heart Failure Recognition logoAmerican Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Gold Quality Achievement Award Heart Failure Recognition
    We received the Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures as outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation’s secondary prevention guidelines for patients with heart failure.

  • Mission: Lifeline® Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award logoMission: Lifeline® Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award
    We earned the Mission: Lifeline® Gold Plus Receiving 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.

  • American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association’s (ASA) Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite logoAmerican Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association’s (ASA) Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite
    A GWTG Achievement Award demonstrates the hospital’s commitment to quality and ability to work as a team that is dedicated to providing patients with care that is appropriate and based on the latest clinical guidelines with the goal of improving quality patient care and patient outcomes.

  • Hospital Compare - Five-Star Overall Hospital Quality Rating logoHospital Compare - Five-Star Overall Hospital Quality Rating
    The overall hospital quality star rating summarizes a variety of measures on Hospital Compare reflecting common conditions that hospitals treat, like heart attacks or pneumonia. The overall hospital quality star rating shows how well each hospital performed, on average, compared to other hospitals in the U.S.

  • Blue Distinction® Center for Cardiac Care, Knee and Hip Replacement, Spine Surgery and Maternity Care logoBlue Distinction® Center for Cardiac Care, Knee and Hip Replacement, Spine Surgery and Maternity Care
    Healthcare facilities and providers recognized for their expertise in delivering specialty care. Blue Distinction Centers+ are healthcare facilities and providers recognized for their expertise and efficiency in delivering specialty care.

  • NICHE logoSenior-Friendly designation from Nurses Improving Care for Health System Elders (NICHE)
    Imparts principles and tools to stimulate changes in clinical practice to achieve patient-centered nursing care for older adults in healthcare facilities. The vision of NICHE is that all older adults, age 65 and over, receive age-friendly, exemplary nursing care.

  • North Coast 99 logoNorth Coast 99
    Southwest General has been named, for the fourteenth consecutive year, a NorthCoast 99 award recipient. Designated by the Employer’s Resource Council, this award names us as one of the 99 best places to work in Northeast Ohio.

  • Top Workplace logoA Top Workplace
    Southwest General was named to the "Top Workplaces" list by The Plain Dealer for the eighth consecutive year as one of the best workplaces in Northeast Ohio.

  • Employer of Choice Award logoEmployer of Choice Award
    Southwest General received the Employer of Choice® award following a rigorous evaluation process. To date, it is the only hospital in the state of Ohio to have received this recognition. The Employer of Choice® award is presented to organizations that are dedicated to a higher level of employee relations that goes above and beyond the normative practices of Human Resources. It was created as a way for employers to differentiate themselves from others by attracting, optimizing, and holding on to, their greatest asset—employees.