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Kootenai Health is routinely ranked as a leader in healthcare by patients, peers and national organizations. This reputation of service excellence, community leadership and compassionate care has earned Kootenai many awards over the years, all of which demonstrate a commitment to the organizations core values.

Superior Quality and Safety

American College of Radiology Accreditation | View Site 
Kootenai Outpatient Imaging is one of 300 facilities in the U.S. to be designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). To earn this designation, Kootenai's breast imaging services have been fully accredited in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy.

Kootenai Outpatient Imaging was also commended in peer-review evaluations conducted by physicians and medical physicists, which noted high practice standards for image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs.

Clinical Excellence - Blue Distinction
BlueCross BlueShield Association
Kootenai Health has been designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care, Hip and Knee Replacement and Spine Surgery. This nationally-recognized honor is given to hospitals achieving quality standards and demonstrating better patient outcomes while also providing affordable care.

Excellence in Cancer Care - CoC Accreditation
American College of Surgeons: Cancer Programs
Kootenai Clinic's Cancer Services received CoC accreditation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer as a result of a successful demonstration by the center that patients have access to the full scope of services required for diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and support.

“A” Grade for Patient Safety
The Leapfrog Group 
Kootenai Health was one of 844 hospitals to receive an “A” for patient safety, ranking it among the safest hospitals in the United States. Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign letter grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year.  

Neurodiagnositic Excellence - ABRET Certification
American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists
The EEG Laboratory in Neurodiagnostics Services at Kootenai Health received this accreditation in 2007. Kootenai represents the 22nd facility in the nation and the only group in the Northwest to receive this distinction.

Quality Care for All Patients - Top Quality Performer
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Kootenai Health has been recognized as a Top Quality Performer in the Premier Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration. This award demonstrates Kootenai's dedication to providing quality healthcare for all patients.

American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma View Site
In 2014 Kootenai Health was verified as a Level III Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. To receive verification, Kootenai had to prove it has the hospital resources needed for trauma care and can provide the entire spectrum of care to meet all of an injured patient’s needs. Reviewers evaluated every phase of trauma patient care.

State of Idaho Time Sensitive Emergency System - Level II Trauma Designation
Kootenai Health is designated as a Level II Trauma Center by the State of Idaho Time Sensitive Emergency System. To receive designation, Kootenai Health had to verify that it has the hospital resources needed for trauma care and able to provide the entire spectrum of care to meet all of an injured patient’s needs. 

Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital in the U.S. – Truven Health Analytics
Kootenai Health has been named among the top 50 cardiovascular hospitals in the United States. The designation is based on 21 performance measures covering clinical outcomes, processes, extended outcomes and efficiency. It is recognition for mastering the art of extracting practice-changing information from data and using it to implement evidence-based practices.

Patient Focused

Baby-Friendly Designation
Baby-Friendly USA
In 2002, Kootenai Health joined an elite group of about 100 healthcare facilities to demonstrate the highest standard of care for mothers and babies. This official designation also recognizes Kootenai's dedicated to improving infant health through breastfeeding and other maternal-infant care practices.

Exceeding Patient Expectations
Avatar International
Kootenai Health first received this award in 2002 and continues to be recognized for consistently meeting and exceeding patient expectations.

Nursing Excellence - MagnetTM Status Designation
American Nurses Credentialing Center
Kootenai has maintained MagnetTM status since 2006. This designation is nursing's top honor, accepted nationally as the gold standard in nursing excellence. Kootenai Health is the second hospital in Idaho to receive this designation and the first in the Inland Northwest.


All nursing and respiratory therapy staff have undergone the education and training necessary to provide Level III intensive care to our neonates.  Neonatology is available 24/7 with neonatologists and neonatal nurse practitioners. Level III is defined as:
  • 28 weeks gestation
  • >/= 1000 grams
  • ventilator dependent
  • therapeutic hypothermia for hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy
Healthy Culture

Best Places to Work in Healthcare
Modern Healthcare
In 2011, Modern Healthcare magazine named Kootenai Health, “The Best Place to Work in Large Healthcare Organizations,” as well as one of the nation's top 20 “Best Places to Work in Healthcare.”

Well Workplace Designation
In 2009 and 2016, Kootenai received the Wellness Councils of America's Gold National Well Workplace designation for quality and excellence in work site health promotion. The Gold designation recognizes Kootenai's development of comprehensive programs for employee wellness.


Community Value -  Five-Star Ranking
Cleverly and Associates
Each year, the Ohio-based group evaluates 3,000 hospitals nationwide and awards each a Community Value Index score. The score is composed of ten measures that assess a hospital’s performance in four areas: financial viability and plant reinvestment, hospital cost structure, hospital charge structure, hospital quality performance. 

Visionary Leadership

Clinical and Operational Excellence - VHA President's Award
VHA Inc.
Kootenai is one of only three hospitals to receive the President's Award for Clinical and Operational Excellence two years in a row. Areas primarily recognized include acute myocardial infarction (AMI or “heart attack care”), pneumonia care and the development of an multi-disciplinary rapid response team.

Computer Technology - Most Wired / Wireless Hospital
Hospital & Health Networks
Kootenai is consistently named one of the 100 Most Wired hospitals in the country. In this same survey, Kootenai also earned a spot on the list of Top 25 Most Wireless hospitals.