Awards and Memberships
Learn about awards Penn State Health has earned and our memberships in organizations that show our commitment to providing the best health care possible for all patients in Pennsylvania and beyond.
|U.S News & World Report Best Children’s Hospital||The U.S. News & World Report 2022-2023 Honor Roll of Best Children’s Hospitals ranked Penn State Health Children's Hospital among the top hospitals in three pediatric specialties—cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology and pulmonology.|
|U.S News & World Report Best Hospitals||
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center was named one of the top hospitals in the nation in 2022-2023 for orthopedic care for the sixth year in a row. It was also recognized as high performing in five additional specialties: gastroenterology and GI surgery, geriatrics, neurology and neurosurgery, pulmonology and lung surgery, and urology. Overall, U.S. News ranked the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center as #1 in the Harrisburg metro region and #5 in Pennsylvania.
Holy Spirit Medical Center is rated as a high performing hospital for treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart attack, heart failure, kidney failure and stroke.
St. Joseph Medical Center earned a high performing rating for treating COPD, heart failure and stroke.
|The Joint Commission||
Accreditation and certification by The Joint Commission is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards. Penn State Health facilities have earned the following recognitions from The Joint Commission:
|American Heart Association and American Stroke Association||
Hershey Medical Center received achievement awards from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association:
These awards recognize the hospital’s commitment to following up-to-date, research-based guidelines for the treatment of heart disease and stroke.
|Best Doctors® in America||Nearly 100 Penn State Health physicians were recognized as the Best Doctors in America in 2022. The annual survey asks other doctors, "If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty, to whom would you refer them?” See Penn State Health Best Doctors.|
|Highmark Blue Distinction Centers||
Hershey Medical Center is a designated Blue Distinction Center+ for cardiac care and knee and hip replacement. It is also a Blue Distinction Center for:
The designations show that Hershey Medical Center successfully met quality measures for patient safety and health outcomes.
|Magnet® Designation||In 2022, Hershey Medical Center earned its fourth consecutive Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Magnet status is the highest credential for nursing facilities in the United States and around the world. For patients, this means they can count on receiving the highest level of nursing care at all Penn State Health facilities, provided by nurses who have the support to be the very best that they can be.|
|NRC Health Recognition||
NRC Health awards programs recognize the nation’s leading health care organizations based on consumer loyalty, access to services, offering services that meet consumer needs and the overall patient experience.
Penn State Health received NRC Health recognition, including the highest marks for patient satisfaction of any health system in the U.S. from 2019-2020.
Hershey Medical Center also received:
|Recognized Healthcare Equality Leader||Hershey Medical Center earned the highest possible rating—100—on the 2022 Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index. This national LGBTQ+ benchmarking tool evaluates health care facilities’ policies and practices on inclusion of LGBTQ+ patients, visitors and employees.|
|Association of Academic Health Centers||Now part of the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Association of Academic Health Centers is a nonprofit organization advancing the nation's health and well-being through leadership of the nation’s academic health centers.|
|Association of American Medical Colleges||The Association of American Medical Colleges is committed to improving the nation’s health through medical education, research and high-quality patient care. Members are dedicated to the communities they serve, committed to advancing the public good, and steadfast in their desire to earn and keep the public’s trust for the role they are privileged to play in our society.|
|Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania||The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania is a statewide organization that advocates for nearly 250 Pennsylvania acute and specialty care, primary care, subacute care, long-term care, home health and hospice providers, as well as the patients and communities they serve.|
|Vizient||The nation’s leading health care performance improvement company, Vizient is a combination of VHA Inc., University HealthSystem Consortium and Novation.|