Kootenai Health is routinely ranked as a leader in health care 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 organization’s core values.
- Superior Quality and Safety
- Patient Focused
- Healthy Culture
- Visionary Leadership
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 by BlueCross BlueShield Association
Kootenai Health is 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 by American College of Surgeons: Cancer Programs
Kootenai Clinic 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 by 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.
Center of Excellence for Hip and Knee Replacement by DNV GL Healthcare – This certification recognizes excellence in orthopedic surgery within the scope of hip and knee replacement surgery. It means Kootenai Health has demonstrated an exemplary level of care and adherence to practice standards set by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons.
Neurodiagnostic 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 by 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.
Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital, Truven Health Analytics, an IBM Company
Kootenai Health was recognized as one of the 50 hospitals in the United States that achieve superior clinical outcomes in cardiovascular care. Selection for the award reflects excellence in cardiovascular services that benefit patients, their families, employers, and the community.
Best Hospital, US News and World Report
U.S. News and World Report ranked Kootenai Health as a number one hospital in Idaho.
Breast Center of Excellence, NAPBC | View Site
Kootenai Clinic Cancer Services was granted a full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance.
Level III Trauma Center, 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.
Level II Trauma Center, State of Idaho Time Sensitive Emergency System | View Site
In 2016, Kootenai Health was designated as a Level II Trauma Center by the State of Idaho Time Sensitive Emergency System. To receive the 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.
Mayo Clinic Care Network Member
The network includes organizations across the nation that work closely with Mayo Clinic to provide patients a high level of care close to home.
Qualis Health Award for Excellence in Health Care Quality | View Site
Kootenai Health was selected as a winner of Qualis Health’s 2017 Idaho Awards of Excellence in Health Care Quality for our Colorectal Enhanced Recovery Program.
National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program Gold Safe Sleep Champion
In 2016 Kootenai was recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as a “Gold Safe Sleep Champion,” for our commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep.
Baby-Friendly Designation, Baby-Friendly USA | View Site
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.
Magnet Status Designation, American Nurses Credentialing Center | View Site
Kootenai has maintained MagnetTM status since 2006. This designation is nursing’s top honor, accepted nationally as the gold standard for nursing excellence. Kootenai Health is the second hospital in Idaho to receive this designation and the first in the Inland Northwest.
Level III NICU
In 2016, Kootenai was named a Level III NICU. We can care for babies born as early as 28 weeks gestation, and those as small as 2 pounds. All nursing and respiratory therapy staff have undergone the education and training necessary to provide Level III intensive care to our neonates.
Gallup Great Workplace Award, Gallup
Kootenai Health was named a Gallup Great Workplace in 2017, recognizing Kootenai as one of the most engaged and productive workforces in the world. The award recognizes organizations for their ability to create engaged workplace cultures and the unique approaches organizations take to achieve engagement success.
Best Places to Work in Healthcare, Modern Healthcare| View Site
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, WELCOA | View Site
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.
Standard and Poor’s Ratings Services, McGraw Hill Financial
Kootenai Health received an “A” rating for outstanding financial stewardship.
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 a multi-disciplinary rapid response team.
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.