PinnacleHealth is “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 & 2014!
Each year since 1997, Harrisburg Magazine has polled its more than 50,000 readers to determine which central Pennsylvania businesses are worthy of being named Simply the Best®. 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 are committed to providing the best care in all these categories and more.
Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology
The Pennsylvania Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery at PinnacleHealth has been recognized as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology
(COEMIG) by AAGL, an internationally recognized authority in minimally invasive gynecology. This prestigious program works to increase patient knowledge and access to minimally invasive gynecologic procedures, an innovation in women's healthcare.
Blue Distinction Hospitals
PinnacleHealth received a Blue Distinction Center+ designation for delivering quality and cost-efficient cardiovascular care (Harrisburg Hospital), knee and hip replacement (Harrisburg Hospital and Community General Osteopathic Hospital) and spine surgery (Harrisburg Hospital 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. The Blue Distinction Centers+ designation recognizes hospitals that deliver both quality and cost-efficient specialty care.
Excellence in Patient Care
PinnacleHealth was recognized with the Excellence in Patient Care award given by outcomes firm Studer Group®
. The Excellence in Patient Care award is given to select partners based on various categories. PinnacleHealth was selected based on the amount of significant rate of change and/or substantial achievement in low turnover within our 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.
Harrisburg Hospital and Community General Osteopathic Hospital received 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.
Cardiac Program Receives Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS)'s Highest Rating
Among all hospitals in Pennsylvania, only two are designated Baby Friendly – and PinnacleHealth is one of those hospitals!
In October 2014 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.
PinnacleHealth's cardiothoracic surgery program achieved the coveted three-star highest quality designation for heart bypass surgery outcomes from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons for six straight years and has had two consecutive periods for the new category of aortic valve replacement (AVR). PinnacleHealth's Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery (CVTS)
program—part of the PinnacleHealth CardioVascular Institute—joins an elite group of 12-15 percent of surgical practices in the entire nation to receive the prestigious three-star rating for good outcomes in cardiac surgery for the period of January 2012 to December 2012.
Achieving Performance Excellence Award (APEX) from VHA Pennsylvania
The APEX award recognizes extraordinary achievement of clinical quality and patient safety by VHA members. VHA is a national network of not-for-profit healthcare organizations that work together to 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 expertise 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
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.
PinnacleHealth has received the Get With The Guidelines-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 percent 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.
American Heart Association 2014 Mission: Lifeline, Bronze
Primary Stroke Center Certification
The American Heart Association recognized PinnacleHealth for achieving 85 percent or higher composite adherence to all Mission: Lifeline® STEMI Receiving Center performance achievement indicators for consecutive 90-day intervals and 75 percent or higher compliance on all Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center quality measures to improve the quality of care for STEMI patients.
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
The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (
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. Centers that seek NAPBC accreditation must complete a comprehensive online 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.
PinnacleHealth won the platinum award in Best Overall Internet Site
alongside Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic, gold award in Best Site Design
and gold award in Best Doctor Directory
from the National eHealthcare Leadership Awards
Judges looked at how websites and other digital communications compared with others in the organization’s classification.
PinnacleHealth has been a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals®
: Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success winner for 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.
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 state of Pennsylvania to get the Gold Seal of Approval® from The Joint Commission
for improving care of diabetic patients in the hospital. We are among 20 hospitals across the country to get this recognition, demonstrating 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
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.
PinnacleHealth Laboratory Services
is CAP accredited. The College of American Pathologists is the world’s largest association comprised exclusively of pathologists.
PinnacleHealth 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.
For the fifth year, the American Association for Retired Persons recognized PinnacleHealth as one of the nation's top employers for workers over the age of 50. PinnacleHealth was number 22 on the list for 2011.
Commission on Cancer Certification The Commission on Cancer (CoC) is the only multidisciplinary accreditation program for cancer programs in the United States. The PinnacleHealth Cancer Center is dedicated to providing the highest quality patient-centered cancer care through this program.