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Awards and Recognitions

Awards and Recognitions

Awards and Recognitions

PinnacleHealth is award-winning in many areas, thanks to the talented, dedicated and amazing men and women we employ.

Beckers Award 2017

150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare- 2017
PinnacleHealth System was recognized in the 2017 edition of "150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare" by Becker’s Healthcare for the third consecutive year. The list recognizes organizations committed to fulfilling missions, creating outstanding cultures and offering competitive benefits to their employees.

2015 Simply the Best!

Harrisburg Magazine's Simply the Best 2012 - 2016!
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 2016, PinnacleHealth was named “Simply the Best” hospital. Not only that, we were awarded the Simply the Best title in: Family Doctor (PinnacleHealth Medical Group Primary Care), Medical Specialist (PinnacleHealth CardioVascular Institute), Hospital (PinnacleHealth System), Nurse (Cheryl Eckman RN),Psychologist (Jose Delerme, PhD), Urgent Care (PinnacleHealth FastCare Clinic), Themed Fundraiser (Chic PHantastic)  and Reader’s Choice for Pediatrician (PinnacleHealth Heritage Pediatrics), Counseling (PinnacleHealth Psychological Associates) and In-home healthcare (Affilia Home Care). We are committed to providing the best care in all these categories and more!


PinnacleHealth has been recognized by the QOPI Certification Program (QCP™), an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), as successfully completing a three-year certification program for outpatient hematology-oncology practices that meet nationally recognized standards for quality cancer care. QCP builds on ASCO’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®).

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PinnacleHealth Achieves the Healthgrades 2017 Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award™
Cardiac surgery at PinnacleHealth Harrisburg Hospital is among the top 10 percent in the nation as measured by volume-weighted performance according to this year’s evaluation from Healthgrades, the leading online resource helping consumers make informed decisions in order to find the right doctor and the right hospital for the right care. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 34 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.

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Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® from The Joint Commission in Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia and Surgical Care , Venous Thromboembolism (VTE), Perinatal Care. 

Magnet Recognized

Magnet® Recognized Hospital
This prestigious distinction recognizes excellence in nursing care. Harrisburg Hospital, Community General Osteopathic and West Shore Hospitals are three of the 28 Magnet® hospitals in Pennsylvania and three of only 449 in the nation.

Excellence In Patient 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.


NICHE Designation
Harrisburg Hospital, Community General Osteopathic Hospital and West Shore 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.

Babyfriendly Badge

Baby-Friendly Hospital

PinnacleHealth has earned the Baby Friendly designation, awarded by Baby Friendly USA, to those hospitals and birth centers meeting specific criteria set forth by international experts in the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. Having achieved this honor, PinnacleHealth is recognized for offering excellence in maternity services, with a focus on infant feeding and mother/baby bonding.  


The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) and International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) have recognized PinnacleHealth for excellence in lactation care.


GWTG Platinum

American College of Cardiology Award for Cardiac Care
PinnacleHealth has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2015. PinnacleHealth is one of only 319 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.The award recognizes PinnacleHealth’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that PinnacleHealth has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.

ACC AF Accreditation


PinnacleHealth receives Atrial Fibrillation Accreditation
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 American College of Cardiology. 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.

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PinnacleHealth’s Harrisburg Hospital is recognized as an Accredited Chest Pain Center with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) by the American College of Cardiology.

Bronze Mission Lifeline 2016

PinnacleHealth Harrisburg and Community General Osteopathic Hospitals  have received the Mission: Lifeline® Bronze 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. PinnacleHealth earned the award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment of STEMI patients by providing emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries when needed. Eligible hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for at least one consecutive 90 day interval.  

Plus Icons2016 HF Verb Gold Plus 4C1

Get With The Guidelines®– Heart Failure (GWTG–Heart Failure) Gold Performance Achievement Award Pinnacle Health System has received the Get With The Guidelines®– Heart Failure (GWTG–Heart Failure) Gold Performance Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. 
The American Heart Association recognizes PinnacleHealth for achieving 85% or higher compliance with all Get With The Guidelines®- Heart Failure Achievement Measures and 75% or higher compliace with four or more Get With The Guidelines®- Heart Failure Quality Measures for two or more consecutive years to improve quality of patient care and outcomes.

Stroke Silver

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.

HF Gold 2015

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
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.

Resusitation Gold (1)

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.

EMS Mission Line Award

American Heart Association 2016 Mission: Lifeline, Bronze
The American Heart Association recognized PinnacleHealth for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks. Agencies that receive the Mission: Lifeline Bronze award have demonstrated at least 75 percent compliance on all Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center quality measures to improve the quality of care for STEMI patients for a minimum of one quarter.


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.

MBS QIP Weight Loss Seal

PinnacleHealth Achieved National Accreditation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). 

To earn the MBSAQIP designation, PinnacleHealth met essential criteria for staffing, training and facility infrastructure and protocols for care, ensuring its ability to support patients with severe obesity. Learn more about MBSAQIP.


Best Places to Work in PA 2013

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.

The Joint Commission N Ational Quality Approval

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.

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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

  • Spine Surgery


PinnacleHealth Laboratory Services is CAP accredited.
The College of American Pathologists is the world’s largest association comprised exclusively of pathologists.


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.

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