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Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards

It’s a good feeling to be recognized and honored for your work.

It’s part of our vision to prove ourselves “distinguished,” “best” and “excellent.” These hard-won recognitions let us know we’ve achieved the high standard of care we pursue every day. Our honors, awards and accolades help us attract top talent and feel pride in our work.


ACTION Registry® – NCDR

Image of 2018 Platinum Performance Achievement Award -Action Registry NCDR

The Norma Melchor Heart & Vascular Institute at El Camino Hospital has demonstrated sustained achievement in ACTION Registry® for eight consecutive quarters and met high performance standards of care for heart attack patients to receive this 2018 award.

Aetna Institute of Quality – Orthopedic Care 

Aetna Institute of Quality

The Orthopedic Institute at El Camino Hospital has been re-designated an Aetna Institute of Quality® (IOQ) Orthopedic Care Facility for spine surgery, at both the Mountain View and Los Gatos campuses. Additionally, the Mountain View campus also qualified for the Aetna IOQ for total joint replacement. Designated IOQ facilities demonstrate excellence in clinical quality, value and access for orthopedic care, and a commitment to continuous improvement.

American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation

American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Since 2005, the Cardiac & Pulmonary Wellness Center at El Camino Hospital has been consistently recognized by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) for our commitment to enhancing standards of care in the delivery of our cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs. Certified AACVPR programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available. AACVPR certification is valid for three years.

ANCC Hospital Magnet Designation for Nursing Excellence

ANCC Awarded El Camino Hospital Magnet Designation

The Magnet Recognition Program was developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to recognize healthcare organizations that provide the very best in nursing care.

Baby-Friendly® Designated Hospital

Baby Friendly Award

Baby-Friendly USA has designated El Camino Hospital’s Los Gatos campus as a Baby-Friendly® Hospital. Developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. The prestigious recognition is given after the implementation of Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding and a rigorous on-site survey is completed.

Bay Area Parent Magazine’s Best of the Best

Image of BayAreaParent Magazine Family Favorite 2015 Silver Designation

Every year, thousands of parents around the Bay Area vote for their family favorites in several categories including hospitals, birth centers and more. El Camino Hospital is a Silver Award Winner for Best Birthing Facility Silicon Valley and Bronze Award Winner for Best Hospital Silicon Valley from Bay Area Parent magazine.

Blue Distinction Center® for Knee and Hip Replacement, Spine Surgery and Bariatric Surgery

Blue Distinction Center

Blue Shield of California has designated El Camino Hospital's Mountain View campus as a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery, Hip and Knee Replacement and Spine Surgery. These designations mean the hospital has demonstrated expertise in delivering quality healthcare.

Note: Designation as Blue Distinction Centers® means that when last evaluated, these facilities reported overall experience and aggregate data that met quality measure focused on patient safety and outcomes, developed with thoughtful input from the medical community, and met certain cost measures that address consumers' need for affordable healthcare. Individual outcomes may vary. Designation is provided for general educational use only and is not a substitute for professional healthcare advice. Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider for your own healthcare needs. To find out which services are covered under your policy, please call your local Blue Plan; and call your provider before making an appointment to verify the most current information on its Network participation and Blue Distinction status. Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and its licensed Blue Plans are not responsible for any damages, losses or non-covered charges that may result from using Blue Distinction or other provider finder information or receiving care from a Blue Distinction Center or other provider.

Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission for Sepsis Care

Gold Seal

The Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. The Joint Commission awarded El Camino Hospital a Disease-Specific Care Certification for the management of sepsis. This certification demonstrates a high level of care for patients with sepsis.

Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission for Stroke Center

Gold Seal

To achieve this designation from The Joint Commission, El Camino Hospital demonstrated that its Stroke Program meets national standards and guidelines to significantly improve outcomes for stroke, the nation's third leading cause of death. With this designation, El Camino Hospital joins the elite ranks of Primary Stroke Centers across the U.S.

Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission for Hip and Knee Replacement and Spinal Fusion Surgery – Los Gatos

Gold Seal

The Joint Commission's Disease Specific Certification standards address important functions relating to the care of patients and the management of hospitals. The Joint Commission awarded El Camino Hospital’s Los Gatos campus certification in Hip and Knee Replacement, as well as Spinal Fusion Surgery. The certification is a widely recognized benchmark for overall program quality.

Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission for Hip and Knee Replacement, and Hip Fracture – Mountain View

Gold Seal

El Camino Hospital is the first California hospital to be certified by The Joint Commission in three areas for hip and knee surgery: Hip replacement, Hip Fracture and Knee Replacement. The Joint Commission stated that each of the three programs at El Camino Hospital's Mountain View campus met standards with no areas of deficiency or recommendations necessary, earning it Disease-Specific Care Certification. This means that patient outcomes and satisfaction scores are among the best in the country.

Gold Plus Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

Stroke Gold Plus Award

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognizes this hospital for achieving 85% or higher compliance with all Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Achievement Measures and 75% or higher compliance with five or more Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Quality Measures for two or more consecutive years and achieving Time to Thrombolytic Therapy ≤ 60 minutes 75% or more of applicable acute ischemic stroke patients to improve quality of patient care and outcomes.

Intersocietal Accreditation Commission – Echocardiography

Intersocietal Accreditation Commission - Echocardiography

The Norma Melchor Heart & Vascular Institute has demonstrated a commitment to the performance of quality echocardiography and met nationally recognized standards to achieve accreditation for the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission.

Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality


The Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC), the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, has designated El Camino Hospital as a “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality.” The designation demonstrates our commitment to foundational elements of LGBTQ patient-centered care, LGBTQ Patient Services and Support, Employee Benefits and Policies, and LGBTQ Patient and Community Engagement.

Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program – Accredited Center

Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program

El Camino Hospital's Bariatric Surgery Program is accredited by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, a quality program in conjunction with the American College of Surgeons. To achieve this designation, our program met defined standards of care, documented our outcomes, and participated in periodic reviews and on-site verification to assure high-quality patient care.

NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) "Exemplar" Designation

NICHE Program

El Camino Hospital earned Exemplar status — the highest level of implementation — for its NICHE program. NICHE designation indicates a hospital's commitment to excellence in the care of patients 65 and older. Since implementing the NICHE program in 2011, El Camino Hospital has received resources, evidenced-based tools, structure and a collaborative community to stimulate change and support enhanced care for older patients.

Optum Centers of Excellence – Bariatric Resource Services

Optum™ Centers of Excellent

Optum™ has recognized El Camino Hospital as a designated member of the Centers of Excellence network in the area of Bariatric Resource Services. To earn this designation, we met or exceeded rigorous performance standards and quality guidelines in bariatric surgery and care. These standards increase the likelihood of superior outcomes and reduced costs.