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Awards and Honors

The Leapfrog Group

"Hospital Safety Score"

2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012

BIDMC has earned an "A" for safety in the first Hospital Safety Score ratings published by the Leapfrog Group, a set of 26 standards used to evaluate process and outcomes in the nation's hospitals. The ranking comes on top of BIDMC's December 2012 designation as one the nation's 65 top hospitals by the Leapfrog Group, the 6th time in seven years it was honored based on results of a survey focusing on patient safety and quality.

Healthcare Equality Index

"Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality"

2015, 2014, 2013

BIDMC has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in the Healthcare Equality Index 2013. This is the third time in as many years that BIDMC has received this distinction.

The Healthcare Equality Index is an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. The goal of the survey is to guide changes to policies and practices that help strengthen the care institutions give lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender patients.

National Pancreatic Foundation

"National Pancreatic Foundation Center"


BIDMC was one of 30 health care facilities nationwide to be designated as a National Pancreatic Foundation Center. NPF Centers focus on multidisciplinary treatment of pancreatitis and other pancreatic disorders. The BIDMC Pancreas Center is a world-class leader in the treatment of confirmed and suspected pancreatic diseases, as well as in innovative research to understand these painful conditions. 

Verification as Level I Trauma Center


BIDMC was verified as a Level I Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee, an ad hoc subcommittee of the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Established by the ACS in 1987, the verification program promotes the development of trauma care that encompasses the entire spectrum of needs of all injured patients, from the pre-hospital phase through the rehabilitation process. The accomplishment provides re-certification for a period of three years.

Outstanding Organization of the Year Award from the MA Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing


BIDMC received the Outstanding Organization of the Year Award from the MA Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing for its exemplary procedures for communication access. With two nationally certified American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters on staff, Sorenson VideoPhone booths and Deaf Communication Centers in common areas, BIDMC is well-known for its extraordinary accessibility for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community.

Center of Excellence: Continence Care by the National Association for Continence (NAFC)


BIDMC has been designated as a Center of Excellence: Continence Care by the National Association for Continence (NAFC). NAFC established a Center of Excellence (COE) initiative to offer patients a reliable, trustworthy means of finding an experienced and well-trained interdisciplinary team of experts to treat bladder and bowel control problems and related pelvic floor dysfunction.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovation Center: Top Performing ACO 


BIDCO has been named the top-performing Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) in Massachusetts and the third best in the country. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center’s 2013 results, BIDCO saved four percent of its budget for patient care, generating $17.3 million in savings for the Pioneer ACO initiative and $10.6 million in shared savings for providers who share accountability for patient care within a budget with CMS. Significant savings were achieved by performing exceptionally well on important quality measures, including health outcomes and patient experience.

American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize


BIDMC has been awarded the 2013 AHA-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize. This prestigious prize recognizes leadership and innovation in quality and safety among the nation’s hospitals. BIDMC was selected by a committee of health care experts based on our culture of quality and efforts to achieve safety. The Award honors hospitals with quality and safety models that can be replicated by other hospitals. BIDMC is proud to be a model for reliable, high-quality patient care. This is not the first time BIDMC has been recognized by AHA-McKesson. In July 2009, in recognition of BIDMC’s commitment to transparency and progress toward eliminating preventable harm, we were honored as the Finalist.

US News & World Report
"Best Hospitals"

2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has been recognized as one of the nation's top hospitals in the US News & World Report "Best Hospitals" edition, placing among the leaders in eight clinical specialty categories. According to the magazine, BIDMC is among an elite group of 140 hospitals nationally - only 3 percent of the nation's 4,825 hospitals - to rank in at least one of 16 specialties.

BIDMC ranked among the nation's top hospitals in cancer care; the care and treatment of diabetes and endocrinology (in partnership with the Joslin Clinic); digestive disorders; respiratory care; heart and heart surgery; neurology and neurosurgery; the care and treatment of kidney diseases; and geriatrics. It was also cited as a "high performer" in gynecology; urology; orthopedics; psychiatry; and ears, nose and throat care.  Read More.

In addition, BIDMC was also recently ranked third in Boston in U.S. News & World Report's first-ever Best Hospitals metro area rankings, available online at The new rankings recognize 622 hospitals in or near major cities with a record of high performance in key medical specialties, including 132 of the 152 hospitals already identified as the best in the nation. There are nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide. To be ranked in its metro area, a hospital had to score in the top 25 percent among its peers in at least one of 16 medical specialties. BIDMC was listed as nationally ranked among seven specialties and high-performing in six specialties. 

Truven Health
Top 100 Hospitals

2013, 2012, 2010 ,2009

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center was named one of the Top 100 Hospitals in the United States based on overall organizational performance according to the annual study released in March 2010 by the health care business of Truven Health (formerly Thomson Reuters). BIDMC was one of 15 major teaching hospitals named nationwide. The Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals National Benchmarks study is based on the 100 Top Hospitals National Balanced Scorecard that evaluates performance in 10 areas: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average patient stay, expenses, profitability, patient satisfaction, adherence to clinical standards of care, post-discharge mortality; and re-admission rates for acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure and pneumonia. Read more >>

Truven Health

"Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals"

2015, 2013

BIDMC was named one of the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in the United States by Truven Health Analytics, an independent nationwide firm that provides consulting and benchmarking services to the health care industry.
This recognition reflects outstanding performance on a range of objective measures, including cardiovascular outcomes, for the two most common cardiovascular procedures – heart attack and heart failure – and the two most common interventions – angioplasty and bypass surgery.

The Joint Commission

"Top Performer on Key Quality Measures"


BIDMC has been named Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission (TJC), the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America, for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions. The TJC ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2012 calendar year.

American Heart Association
"Silver Achievement Award"


BIDMC has been recognized by the American Heart Association (AHA) as a Silver Achievement Award Hospital for achieving at least 12 consecutive months of 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines Stroke Achievement indications to improve quality of patient care and outcomes.

The AHA aims to build healthier lives that are free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke through education, research, advocacy and quality improvement.

Information Week
"Number 1 Technology Innovator"


InformationWeek 500 has named BIDMC the number one technology innovator in the U.S. in 2012. Now in its 24th year, the InformationWeek 500 recognizes business technology teams that have made a notable improvement to how their companies operate. Applications are evaluated by a panel of InformationWeek editors. The survey data is aggregated across all InformationWeek 500 companies and by industry.

National Award to Recognize Progress in Eliminating Healthcare-Associated Infections


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) named BIDMC among the first-ever awardees in the National Awards Program to Recognize Progress in Eliminating Healthcare-Associated Infections. The awards focus on central line infections and ventilator-associated pneumonia, two of the deadliest and most expensive hospital-acquired infections. Preventing hospital-acquired infections (HAI) represents a major national priority for the government and health care reform. HHS selected only 10 hospitals nationwide that demonstrated major progress in reducing both central line infections and ventilator-associated pneumonia. BIDMC is the only hospital in New England to be selected for prevention of both ventilator-associated pneumonia and central line infections.

Leapfrog Group
Top Hospital

2012, 2011, 2010, 2009

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center was recognized in 2012 as one of the nation's top hospitals by The Leapfrog Group, the sixth time in seven years BIDMC has been honored. The selection is based on the results of The Leapfrog Group's national survey that measures hospitals' performance in crucial areas of patient safety and quality. As a 2012 Top Hospital, BIDMC met standards for safe, high quality care in preventing medication errors; intensive care unit physician staffing; high-risk surgeries and procedures; and a value score of 69 or better as calculated through Leapfrog's Hospital Recognition Program, which combines quality and resource use. BIDMC tallied a score of 88, placing it in the top 10 percent of 1,066 ranked hospitals across 43 states nationally.

The Leapfrog Group is a coalition of public and private purchasers of employee health coverage founded a decade ago to work for improvements in health care safety, quality and affordability.

Federal Technology Certification


BIDMC was the first hospital nationally to meet new federal electronic health record requirements with its own software, winning federal certification that its technology supports all quality, safety and efficiency goals spelled out in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. (ARRA). One of five hospitals to take part in a pilot program for the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology, BIDMC's designation means it meets rigorous federal criteria that assessed the ability to protect patient privacy, exchange patient information for care coordination and public health and support clinicians with the tools needed to serve patients.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
First Annual National Award to Recognize Progress in Eliminating Healthcare Associated Infections
Sustained Improvement Award


BIDMC was recognized as only one of 10 hospitals in the United States which has made the most dramatic improvement in reducing both central line infections and ventilator associated pneumonia. BIDMC was the only hospital in Massachusetts, and the only academic hospital to be recognized with this award.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Medal of Honor for Organ Donation

2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

For the sixth year in a row, Beth Israel Deaconess has received the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Medal of Honor for Organ Donation for 2010. BIDMC is the only hospital in Massachusetts to have achieved this honor six years in a row.  Hospitals and organ procurement organizations earn this designation for consistently achieving adjusted donation rates of 75 percent or higher in a single continuous 12-month period. Donation rates refer to the number of patients who are medically suitable to be considered for donation, who actually become donors. For the past five years, BIDMC has met or exceeded this 75 percent rate.

Joint Commission
Accreditation Award

2010, 2007

In 2010, BIDMC was awarded accreditation from the Joint Commission (formerly the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health care Organizations) under the Commission's unannounced, on-site evaluation program. The accreditation award recognizes BIDMC's dedication to complying with the Joint Commission's state-of-the-art standards on a continuous basis.

Practice Greenhealth
Partner for Change with Distinction Award


BIDMC has been awarded a 2010  Practice Greenhealth Partner for Change Award. The award, given at the CleanMed conference in Baltimore, honors facilities that have made significant and sustainable progress toward reducing waste, preventing pollution and eliminating mercury.

Massachusetts Jobs and Workforce Summit
Workforce Solutions Group Champion


Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) has been honored as a Workforce Solutions Group Champion at the 2010 Massachusetts Jobs and Workforce Summit, which convened 300 business, education and labor leaders from around the state. BIDMC was nominated for the award by the Boston Private Industry Council and the Mayor's Office of Jobs and Community Services. BIDMC currently offers 13 different workforce development programs for its employees, including English classes for non-native speakers, GED preparation, free on-site pre-college classes and college-level science courses, and pipeline programs training employees into patient care technician, medical laboratory technician, research administrator and nurse roles. Read more >>

Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine
Most Wired Hospital


BIDMC has been recognized as one of the nation's most wired hospitals according to the results of the 2010 Most Wired Survey released in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, the journal of the American Hospital Association. The survey is based on organizations' level of achievement in four focus areas: Business and Administrative Management, Clinical Quality and Safety, Care Continuum and Infrastructure. All hospital-based clinicians at BIDMC already use electronic health records. By 2011, all community clinicians affiliated with BIDMC will be using a centrally hosted, interoperable, certified electronic health record. BIDMC's early adoption of health care information exchange and personal health records ensures data can be shared with patient consent for coordination of care, quality measurement and population health. Read more >>

Three-Star Rating, Society of Thoracic Surgeons

2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) has given cardiac surgery services at BIDMC a three-star rating for 2010. The STS uses a comprehensive rating system to report the quality of cardiac surgery programs in hospitals across the country. The rating system is based on major morbidity, mortality and appropriate use of internal mammary artery (IMA) and evidence-based medication. Approximately 13.5 percent of STS participants received the three-star rating, which denotes the highest category of quality. Cardiac surgery at BIDMC has received the three-star rating for the past five years.

Society of Critical Care Medicine
Family-Centered Care Award


The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), with 14,000 clinician members in 80 countries, has named BIDMC the winner of the 2010 Family-Centered Care Award. The annual award is given to one hospital or ICU from around the world to "recognize innovation that improves the care provided to critically ill and injured patients and their families."

The award recognizes the efforts of the staff of BIDMC's nine ICUs to develop "person-centered critical care." Their work includes the creation of an ICU Patient and Family Advisory Council, waiting room improvements, elimination of formal visiting hours to allow more access for families, simulated family meetings to help train medical residents, family pagers in the surgical ICU, transition-out-of-the-ICU work in the CardioVascular Institute at BIDMC, pro-active rounding of chaplains and more.  Read more >>

Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM)
Gould Education and Workforce Award


BIDMC is the recipient of the 13th Annual John Gould Education & Workforce Development Award from Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM). AIM is a nonprofit, nonpartisan employer association of 6,000 Bay State businesses and institutions chartered to maintain and improve the Commonwealth's economic climate in order to make Massachusetts a good place to live and work.

The Gould Award was created by AIM to annually recognize the contributions of individuals, employers, and institutions for their efforts to improve public education and advancement, employability and productivity of the residents of the Commonwealth. In 2000, the award was named for John Gould, upon his retirement as President and CEO of AIM, to recognize his many contributions to improve the quality of public education and workforce training activities in Massachusetts. Read more >>

Premier Health Care Alliance
Premier Award for Quality

2010, 2009, 2008

For the third consecutive year, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has been recognized by the Premier Healthcare Alliance as a winner of the Premier Award for Quality (AFQ), one of 21 hospital winners and three health care systems nationwide ranked in the top 1 percent in the nation for patient care. The award recognizes leading health care organizations that efficiently provide outstanding patient care and consistently set the standard in clinical excellence. The AFQ's performance-based criteria, including clinical quality outcomes, resource utilization, and clinical process indicators measures top performers at the overall hospital level.  Read more >>

Foundation for Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT)
Accreditation Award

2010, 2007

BIDMC's stem cell transplant program was the second program in Boston to be accredited by FACT . Founded in 1996, FACT is a non-profit organization co-founded by the International Society for Cellular Therapy (ISCT) and the American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT) that promotes high-quality patient care and laboratory performance through voluntary inspection and accreditation in the field of cellular therapy. Accreditation by FACT is now recognized as the gold standard for approval of transplant programs in North America.

Commission on Cancer
Accreditation with Commendation


Outstanding Achievement Award


BIDMC's Cancer Center was the first center in Massachusetts, and one of only 34 in the country, to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer, a consortium of professional organizations that includes the American Cancer Society, the Society of Surgical Oncology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American College of Radiology, the Oncology Nursing Society and members of the American College of Surgeons.

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