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We’re proud to have been voted  “Simply the Best” hospital in the Central PA Region. PinnacleHealth remains as committed to its workforce as we are to the community we serve. We’re award winning in many areas thanks to the talented, dedicated and amazing men and women we employ.

Recent Awards & Recognition

Harrisburg Magazine's Simply the Best 2012, 2013 and 2014!
Since 1997, Harrisburg Magazine has polled its more than 50,000 readers each year to determine which Central Pennsylvania businesses are worthy of being named Simply the Best®. The magazine's annual survey enables residents to share their thoughts and experiences on a broad range of categories of local businesses and services, including shopping, dining, entertainment and automobile repair. In 2014, PinnacleHealth was named Simply the Best hospital. Not only that, we were awarded the Simply the Best title in six other categories: family doctors, counseling,themed fundraiser, volunteer organization and medical specialist. We value everyone who voted for us and are committed to continuing to provide the best care in all these categories and more.

PinnacleHealth Awarded an “A” for Patient Safety by The Leapfrog Group
PinnacleHealth System was recognized with an “A” grade in Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2014 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group, an independent industry watchdog.
For its latest scores, the Leapfrog Group assigned letter grades—A, B, C, D, or F—to 2,520 hospitals based on their performance on 28 safety measures.  Learn more

Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology
AAGL-COEMIG-Seal_Light-HiRes-CMYK.jpgThe Pennsylvania Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery at PinnacleHealth has been recognized as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG)TM by AAGL, an internationally recognized authority in minimally invasive gynecology.

The goal of the COEMIG program is to continue to enhance and develop the safety and excellence of gynecologic patient care internationally. This prestigious program works to increase patient knowledge and access to minimally invasive gynecologic procedures, an innovation in women's healthcare.

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Blue Distinction Hospitals
PinnacleHealth received a Blue DistinctionCenter+ SM designation for delivering quality and cost-efficient cardiovascular care (Harrisburg Hospital), knee and hip replacement  (Harrisburg and Community General Osteopathic Hospital) and spine surgery (Harrisburg and Community General Osteopathic Hospital) as part of Highmark Blue Shield’s Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program.
Blue Distinction Centers are hospitals shown to deliver quality specialty care based on objective, transparent measures for patient safety and health outcomes that were developed with input from the medical community. This year, the national program has added a new designation level, Blue Distinction Centers+, to recognize hospitals that deliver both quality and cost-efficient specialty care.

baby-friendl-logo.jpgDesignated Baby-Friendly Hospital
Among all hospitals in Pennsylvania, only two are designated Baby Friendly – and PinnacleHealth is one of those hospitals! In October we joined an elite group of 203 hospitals in the nation to receive this recognition that is part of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative from Baby Friendly USA.
Baby-Friendly designation recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer excellence in maternity services with a focus on infant feeding and mother/baby bonding. It recognizes efforts to give mothers the information, confidence,professional support  and skills necessary to successfully breastfeed and continue breastfeeding after discharge which has been proven to have a positive effect on a  newborn’s immune system.

Excellence in Patient Care 
PinnacleHealth System was recognized with the Excellence in Patient Care award given by outcomes firm Studer Group®. The hospital received the award at last week’s 11th annual What’s Right in Health Care® conference—based on their achievement in reducing turnover. 
Studer Group® gives its Excellence in Patient Care awards to select partners based on various categories. PinnacleHealth System was selected based on the amount of significant rate of change and/or substantial achievement in low turnover within their organization over recent fiscal years. PinnacleHealth’s results for turnover are ranked among the lowest from a database of over 850 organizations coached by Studer Group.
NICHE Designation
Harrisburg Hospital and Community General Osteopathic Hospital are proud to receive NICHE Designation (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) and are on the journey to excellence in elder care. This designation demonstrates PinnacleHealth's commitment to continue improving and enhancing the quality of care that elders receive in the community.  

PinnacleHealth Cardiac Program Receives Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS)'s Highest Rating, a Three-Star Rating.Cardiac Program Receives Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS)'s Highest Rating, a Three-Star Rating  
PinnacleHealth's cardiothoracic surgery program has acquired yet another national accolade by achieving the coveted three-star highest quality designation for heart bypass surgery outcomes from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons for the sixth year in a row and has had two consecutive periods for the new category of aortic valve replacement (AVR). There are more than 1000 surgical groups in the United States that perform cardiac bypass surgery of which about 950 (90 percent) provide performance data to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, a respected non-profit organization that represents physicians who perform chest operations.  PinnacleHealth's Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery (CVTS) program—part of the PinnacleHealth Cardiovascular Institute—joins an elite group of 12-15% of surgical practices in the entire nation to receive the prestigious, highest 3-Star rating for good outcomes in cardiac surgery for the period of January 2012 to December 2012.
VHA Pennsylvania awarded PinnacleHealth its Achieving Performance Excellence Award (APEX). The APEX award recognizes extraordinary achievement of clinical quality and patient safety by VHA members. VHA is a national network of not-for-profit health care organizations that work together reduce costs, improve clinical performance, and implement best practices.

PinnacleHealth is proud to have been nationally recognized for excellence in cardiac care:

PinnacleHealth receives Atrial Fibrillation Certification.  PinnacleHealth CardioVascular Institute has demonstrated its Logo_SCPC_AF_Certified_RGB.gifexpertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and undergoing a comprehensive review by an accreditation review specialist from the SCPC. PinnacleHealth CardioVascular Institute’s protocol-driven and systematic approach to patient evaluation and management allows physicians to reduce time to treatment and to risk stratify patients to decrease their length of stay in the emergency department and the hospital.

PinnacleHealth’s Harrisburg Hospital is the first hospital in Central Pennsylvania to be recognized as an Accredited Chest Pain Center by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.
AHA Get with the Guidelines - Stroke - Silver Plus
PinnacleHealth has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award.  The award recognizes PinnacleHealth’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.

Icons2014_HF_Gold_4C.jpgPinnacleHealth has received the Get With The Guidelines®– Heart Failure (GWTG–Heart Failure) Gold Performance Achievement Award  from the American Heart Association for the fourth year in a row. The recognition signifies that PinnacleHealth has reached an aggressive goal of treating heart failure patients with 85% compliance for at least 24 months to core standard levels of care as outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology secondary prevention guidelines for heart failure patients

bronze-mission.pngAmerican Heart Association - 2014 Mission Line - Bronze

The American Heart Association recognizes PinnacleHealth for achieveing 85% or higher composite adherence to all Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center Peformance Achievement indicators for consecutive 90-day intervals and 75% or higher compliance on all Mission: Lifeline STEMI receiving Center quality measures to improve the quality of care for STEMI patient.

PinnacleHealth has received the Get With The Guidelines®–Resuscitation Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The recognition signifies that PinnacleHealth has reached an aggressive goal in using guidelines-based care to improve patient outcomes from in-hospital cardiac arrest. Get With The Guidelines–Resuscitation helps PinnacleHealth’s staff develop and implement protocols that can reduce disability and death from cardiac and respiratory emergencies. It provides an evidence-based, quality improvement program of patient safety, medical emergency team response, effective resuscitation and post-emergency care.

PinnacleHealth Breast Care Center Receives National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). NAPBC is a national coalition of professional healthcare organizations dedicated to the highest quality of care for women and men diagnosed with diseases of the breast. The NAPBC promotes a holistic approach to treatment for patients diagnosed with diseases of the breast, and provides a framework for a continuum of care that meets the needs of the whole person and not just the disease.

 Centers that seek NAPBC accreditation must complete a comprehensive on-line application and an on-site inspection by an NAPBC surveyor who verifies the availability of 17 components of care, and validates compliance with 27 evidence-based standards of care required to achieve NAPBC accreditation. To maintain accreditation the center is required to document ongoing compliance with the standards on an annual basis and undergo an on-site inspection every three years. To learn more about the NAPBC, visit the NAPBC website at

The National eHealthcare Leadership Awards program was developed and first presented 13 years ago by eHealthcare Strategy & Trends, a leading industry resource published by Health Care Communications, Rye, NY. Winners of the 2012 eHealthcare Leadership Awards were selected from nearly 1,100 entries.  A total of 115 individuals familiar with healthcare and the Internet judged the entries. Winners were awarded on Novembe2012-2014 Award Winnerr 14 during the Sixteenth Annual Healthcare Internet Conference in Las Vegas. 

Judges looked at how websites and other digital communications compared with others in their organization’s classification. They also reviewed entries based on a proprietary multi-point standard of Internet excellence.  The best overall Internet site category, for example, had to pass muster on more than 40 factors. PinnacleHealth won Platinum award in Best overall Internet Site alongside Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic, Gold award in Best Site Design, Gold award in Best Doctor Directory.

Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals®: Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success Winner - two consecutive years. This prestigious award honors hospitals that have led the way with superior performance in cardiovascular service in four key areas: outcomes of care, service-line efficiency, financial performance and core measures alignment.

Primary Stroke Center Certification
The Joint Commission’s Primary Stroke Center Certification is based on the recommendations for primary stroke centers published by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association’s statements/guidelines for stroke care.

Center of Excellence in Diabetes Care
We are proud to say that PinnacleHealth was the first of only two hospitals in the whole state of Pennsylvania to get the Gold Seal of Approval® from the Joint Commission (TJC) for improving care of diabetic patients in the Hospital. We are among 20 Hospitals across the country to get this recognition. This demonstrates our commitment to excellence in providing disease specific care.

Additional Disease-Specific Care Certifications:
  • Advanced Inpatient Diabetes
  • Advanced Stroke (Primary Stroke Center)
  • Advanced Heart Failure
  • Joint Replacement
  • Spine Surgery
  • Stroke Rehabilitation

Magnet Recognized Hospital
This prestigious distinction recognizes excellence in nursing care. Pinnacle Health is only the seventeenth Magnet Hospital in Pennsylvania and one of only 370 in the nation. 
Magnet status requires achievement of 60 standards focused on empirical outcomes within 5 domains such as Exemplary Professional Practice and New Knowledge, Innovation, and Improvements.


CAP_Cert_Large_WEB_Color.gifPinnacleHealth Laboratory Services are CAP accredited. The College of American Pathologists is the world’s largest association comprised exclusively of pathologists. It is an organization concerned about patients and about providing the highest quality of patient care. The College stands firm in those beliefs and has developed CAP Public Statements on a variety of health issues related to pathology. 

Best Places to Work in PA 2013PinnacleHealth has been named one of the Best Places to Work in PA for 2013. The awards program, created in 2000, is one of the first statewide programs of its kind in the country. The program is a public/private partnership between Team Pennsylvania Foundation, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, the Pennsylvania State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management, and the Central Penn Business Journal.  

 The American Association for Retired Persons recognized PinnacleHealth and 49 other businesses as the nation's top employers for workers over 50.

This is the fifth year that PinnacleHealth has made AARP's annual survey and was ranked 22 on this year's list. The list was developed 10 years ago and honors businesses and organizations that have implemented new and innovative policies and best practices in talent management.

PinnacleHealth Cancer Center is certified by the Commission on Cancer.   
The Commission on Cancer (CoC) is the only multidisciplinary accreditation program for cancer programs in the United States. PinnacleHealth is dedicated to providing the highest quality patient-centered cancer care through this program.