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UnityPoint Health continually receives national accolades and awards for providing outstanding patient care and for offering high quality services with high outcomes.

Magnet Award for Excellence in Nursing
St. Luke's Hospital has succeeded in achieving Magnet recognition for the second time from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), signifying successful implementation of the national Magnet standards for nursing excellence.

US News & World Report names St. Luke's high performingU.S. News & World Report names St. Luke's Second Best in Iowa

UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's Hospital is among the nation's Best Regional Hospitals, according to U.S. News and World Report. St. Luke's is once again ranked second best hospital in Iowa in the U.S. News & World Report 2017-18 edition. St. Luke's was ranked high performing in the Adult Specialties of geriatrics and pulmonology and ranked high performing in seven Common Adult Procedure and Condition Ratings. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in its 28th year, recognizes hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients. St. Luke's was rated high performing in aortic valve surgery, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, colon cancer surgery, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and hip and knee in Common Adult Procedure and Condition Ratings.

UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids voted Best Hospital in the Corridor for 2017 by Corridor Business Journal

This is the fifth time, UnityPoint Health - Cedar Rapids has received this designation. Over the past year, UnityPoint Health – St. Luke's Hospital has not only expanded its facilities, it has recruited enough professionals to staff them. "Since January 2016, we've recruited 60 new providers – that's huge," UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids President and CEO Ted Townsend said. "Roughly 40 of those are new providers to our community." Read more.

CARF Accreditation
St. Luke's is the first rehabilitation program in Iowa to receive the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) Inpatient Rehabilitation Stroke Specialty Program accreditation. St. Luke's Brain Injury Program also received accreditation and St. Luke's Inpatient Rehabilitation unit received a three-year accreditation - the twelfth consecutive three-year accreditation for the unit.

For 2016, St. Luke's was designated as one of the 50 Top  Cardiovascular Hospitals for the sixth time. The study, now in its 17th year, singled out 50 hospitals that achieved superior clinic outcomes in this critical area of hospital care.  As is the case with the Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals study, the rigorous processes used to calculate and measure hospital service lines leverage industry-leading, risk-adjusted methodologies developed and maintained by Truven Health scientists over many years. St. Luke's also achieved Top 50 Cardiovascular status in 2015, 2012, 2008, 2007, 2004.

St. Luke's Hospital of UnityPoint Health - Cedar Rapids Named to the 2017 Best Hospitals in Iowa for Nurses on Read more.

St. Luke's Named to Becker's list of 100 Great Hospitals in America 
UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's Hospital has been named to Becker's Hospital Review "100 Great Hospitals in America" for a fifth time for 2018.  St. Luke's has been named to this list in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018.

This annual publication is a compilation of some of the most prominent, forward-thinking and focused health care facilities in the nation. The hospitals included on Becker's Hospital Review list are renowned for excellence. They are industry leaders in innovation, quality patient care and clinical research, and have received recognition across various publications and accrediting organizations.

Top 100 Hospital

St. Luke's has been rated as one of the nation's Top 100 Hospitals seven times. St. Luke's earned this award in 2018, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2009, 2005 and 2004. We are the only hospital in Eastern Iowa that has earned this distinction 6 times. The award evaluates nearly 3,000 hospitals and recognizes the top 100 that have achieved excellence in patient outcomes, patient safety, treatment standards, patient satisfaction, efficiency and financial stability. Read more.

Joint Registry Affiliation Helps St. Luke's Ensure Best Possible Patient Experience
In its continuing mission to provide the best patient care possible, St. Luke's is a member of the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR), an independent, not-for-profit database designed to store comprehensive data about joint replacement procedures and to help physicians and artificial joint manufacturers improve the experiences of patients who undergo joint replacement surgery.

UnityPoint Health was recognized for the fifth year in a row as one of the nation's "Most Wired Health Systems" by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

The American Hospital Association's (AHA) Health Forum has named UnityPoint Health a 2017 "Most Wired Advanced" Health System. The Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study recognizes hospitals and health systems for excellence in information technology (IT). Most Wired Advanced recognizes organizations that achieve at least a level three, out of five, in all four focus areas evaluated. UnityPoint Health achieved "Most Wired" status five years in a row, prior to being recognized as advanced this year. 

Breast Cancer Accreditation - St. Luke's Hospital has been granted a three-year/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. Read more.

Certified Quality Breast Center - St. Luke's Hospital Breast and Bone Health has recently been recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Center in the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program™. This distinguished honor represents a commitment by this breast center to provide the highest level of quality breast health care to patients in their community.

Cancer Program Accreditation- The cancer program at St. Luke's Hospital earned a three-year approval with commendation from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons. Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the Commission on Cancer is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education and the monitoring of comprehensive, quality care.

Cancer Care Outstanding Achievement Award - The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons granted St. Luke's Cancer Care the Outstanding Achievement Award as a result of surveys performed during 2010. St. Luke's is one of a select group of 90 currently accredited and newly accredited cancer programs across the United States.

CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ accreditation, recognizing St. Luke's extraordinary commitment to the health of our employees and their families. The CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ calls for companies to evaluate their health benefits and corporate culture and take extensive, concrete actions in five key areas of health and wellness to fight cancer in the workplace.

Chest Pain Accreditation - St. Luke's received Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), an international organization dedicated to eliminating heart disease as the number one cause of death worldwide.

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) - Certification is awarded JCAHO, which evaluates and accredits nearly 17,000 health-care organizations and programs in the United States. St. Luke's met all of the standards in all areas of evaluation. JCAHO has also accredited St. Luke's Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Home Medical Equipment.

St. Luke's has earned the Gold Seal of Approval for Disease-Specific Care Certification from The Joint Commission for its heart failure and hip and knee joint replacement programs. St. Luke's has also been re-certified as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission.

People's Choice Award
Each year, the National Research Corporation (NRC) publicly recognizes the nation's top hospitals with their prestigious Consumer Choice Award. For the past seven years, St. Luke's was identified as a hospital that "healthcare consumers have chosen as having the highest quality and image."


Beacon Award - The Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence is an award given by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and specifically designated to recognize the nation's top hospital critical care units. Critical care units that receive the Beacon Award will have exhibited high quality standards, exceptional care of patients and their families and healthy work environments.

Heart & Stroke

Advanced Certification in Heart Failure - St. Luke's Hospital received advanced certification in Heart Failure from the Joint Commission and the American Heart Association. St. Luke's is the only hospital in Iowa with this certification.

Primary Stroke Center - St. Luke's Hospital is certified as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission, the American Stroke Association and the American Heart Association.

Top 100 Heart Hospital - St. Luke's Hospital was named one of the nation's Top 100 Heart Hospitals in 2004, 2007 and 2008. This means heart patients at St. Luke's have fewer complications, better outcomes and higher survival rates.

Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care - St. Luke's was selected by Blue Cross Blue Shield for demonstrating a commitment to quality care, resulting in better overall outcomes for cardiac patients.

Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Program Certification - St. Luke's Cardiac Rehab program is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation which recognizes outstanding programs that follow best practices in patient care and program management.

St. Luke's Receives American College of Cardiology NCDR ACTION Registry Platinum Award recognizes high standards of patient care
For the sixth year in a row, St. Luke's has received this prestigious recognition. In 2018, St. Luke's is one of only 203 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor. The award recognizes our commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that we have reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology.

To receive the ACTION Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award, St. Luke's has demonstrated sustained achievement in the ACTION Registry for eight consecutive quarters and has performed at the top level of standards for specific performance measures. Full participation in the registry engages hospitals in a robust quality improvement process using data to drive improvements in adherence to guideline recommendations and overall quality of care provided to heart attack patients.

Get With the Guidelines Award - In 2016, St. Luke's received the Get With The Guidelines - Heart Failure Platinum Plus Performance Achievement Award from the American Heart Association and is one of only 223 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor. The award recognizes our commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that we have reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.

Rehabilitation, Spine, Joints & Hip

Blue Distinction Center for Spine and Hip & Knee Replacement Surgeries - St. Luke's was selected by Wellmark for demonstrating a commitment to quality care, resulting in better overall outcomes for spine surgery and hip and knee replacement patients.

Premium Total Joint Specialty Center - St. Luke's Hospital is proud to be selected as a UnitedHealth Premium Total Joint Specialty Center. UnitedHealthcare evaluated our associates, services and procedures using specific quality criteria and guidelines based on nationally recognized standards and expert advice.

Birth Care

Wellmark Designated Blue Distinction® Center+ for Maternity Care - This designation is awarded based on the evaluation several quality measures, including the percentage of newborns that fall into the category of early elective delivery, an ongoing concern in the medical community. Compared with babies born 39 weeks or later, early term infants face higher risks of infant death and respiratory ailments such as respiratory distress syndrome, pneumonia, and respiratory failure, among other conditions.

In addition, hospitals that receive a Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care designation agreed to meet requirements that align with principles that support evidence-based practices of care, as well as having initiated programs to promote successful breastfeeding, as described in the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative by Baby-Friendly USA or the Mother-Friendly Hospital program by the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) through its "Ten Steps of Mother-Friendly Care." Learn more.

Family Centered Care- St. Luke's Women's and Children's Center is the first birth care center in the nation to receive the national award for outstanding Family Centered Maternity Care. Family Centered Maternity Care is an approach to providing care for women and their families that integrates pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum, and infant care into the continuum of the family life as normal, healthy life events.

First NICU Family Support Site in Iowa- The March of Dimes has selected St. Luke's NICU as Iowa's first and only site to house a new program called March of Dimes NICU Family Support. The project's purpose is to provide information and emotional support to families of critically ill newborns being cared for in a neonatal intensive care unit.

Wellmark Blue Cross® and Blue Shield® has selected UnityPoint Health – St. Luke's Hospital as a Blue Distinction® Center+ for Spine Surgery, as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated health care facilities shown to deliver improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed by Blue Cross Blue Shield companies with input from the medical community. Read more.