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Baystate Health Awards and Recognition

We invite unbiased accrediting organizations to tell us how we compare to other health care facilities and institutions nationwide. Our many awards, accreditations, and high rankings affirm that we meet the highest quality and safety standards for hospitals and rank among the top hospitals in the United States.

We have been recognized as a health care leader in many areas, including:

Clinical Outcomes & Excellence

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Magnet® Designation

Baystate Medical Center has received Magnet® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) four consecutive times, placing it among leaders nationally in nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes.

Beacon Award - Silver

For the second time in a row, Baystate Medical Center's Heart & Vascular Critical Care (HVCC) and Progressive Care Units (PCU) were recognized by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses with the silver Beacon Award for Excellence. The award honors individual units that distinguish themselves by improving every facet of patient care and serve as role models to others on their journey to excellent patient and family care.

This is the eighth time Baystate Medical Center's Medical & Surgical ICU has won this national award from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and the third time in a row. Recognized units must also meet national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, and the National Quality Healthcare Award.

Transplant Awards

Platinum - BMC, BFMC, BWH, & BNH

All Baystate Health hospitals were recognized at the highest level; by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for their efforts in promoting enrollment in the state eye, tissue, and organ donor registry through community outreach.

Heart & Vascular Awards

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Fortune/IBM Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals

Baystate Medical Center was named as one of the nation’s top performing hospitals by Fortune and IBM® Watson Health®. The annual Fortune/IBM 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study spotlights leading short-term, acute care, non-federal US hospitals that treat a broad spectrum of cardiology patients. The study is designed to identify impartial, actionable, and attainable benchmarks for hospital and clinical leaders as they work to raise their own organizations’ standards of performance in cardiac care.

Get with the Guidelines

The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association recognized all Baystate Health hospitals for their continued success with the Get with the Guidelines Gold Plus Award, the highest level award for care of stroke patients.

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The American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline Trailblazer Award is presented for implementing specific quality improvement measures at a regional level as outlined by the Association for treating patients who suffer severe heart attacks.

Mission Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center - Silver Plus

The American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline STEMI Accreditation denotes the highest level of commitment to consistent and optimal STEMI care at the system level.

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Society of Thoracic Surgeons Three-Star Rating

Baystate Health's Cardiac Surgery Program has earned a distinguished three-star rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for its patient care and outcomes in aortic valve replacement (AVR), coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and mitral valve replacement and repair (MVRR) surgery. The three-star rating, which denotes the highest category of quality, places Baystate Health among the elite for AVR, CABG & MVRR surgery in the United States and Canada.

Age-Friendly Health Systems

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement recognized Baystate Medical Center and Baystate Health's three Community Health Centers as the first age-friendly healthcare institutions in the nation. Reprinted from the IHI website with permission of the IHI, 2020.

Quality, Safety & Innovation

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Nurse Residency Accreditation

The Baystate Health Nurse Residency Program was accredited with distinction as a Practice Transition Program by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation, one of only two in the state of Massachusetts.

American College of Nurse-Midwives Awards

Baystate Midwifery & Women's Health received two awards from the American College of Nurse-Midwives for best practices in reducing the proportion is preterm, low-birth-weight infants, and achieving the triple aim of better care, healthier populations, and lower costs. 

CHIME Most Wired Award

BH has been recognized as a 2020 Most Wired health system by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and Modern Healthcare—ranking among global industry leaders. This is the eighth time in nine years that Baystate has earned this award, which assesses how healthcare organizations apply core and advanced technologies into their clinical and business programs to improve health and care in their communities.

Value & Financial Stability

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Accountable Care Organizations Certification

Baystate Health includes certified Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), helping to ensure high quality, coordinated care for patients.


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The Forbes Best Employer by State

Forbes has named Baystate Health the 37th best employer in Massachusetts. The surveys determine the organizations liked best by their own employees. Surveys were done from October 2019 to May 2020. Responses were compared throughout that time, to account for any variations in the results collected before and after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Healthiest Employer of Massachusetts

HNE was ranked 2nd in its category in Springbuk Healthiest Employers in Massachusetts, being recognized for its holistic view of employee well-being and the many company initiatives to promote healthy living.

Well Workplace Award

Health New England (HNE) received the Bronze Well Workplace Award from the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) and was recognized as one of the nation’s healthiest companies in 2020 for its organizational commitment to health promotion. The WELCOA Well Workplace Award is designed to showcase organizations that are taking an impactful and innovative approach to workplace well-being.

Premier Supply Chain Diversity

Baystate Health received the 2020 Premier Performance Award for Supply Chain Diversity. The only member of Premier Inc. to receive this award recognizing our important contributions in developing and nurturing diversity programs in our organization and surrounding communities.