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UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's Hospital

UnityPoint Health Cedar Rapids Awards 

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

Top 100 Hospital

UnityPoint Health – St. Luke's Hospital has been named one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals by IBM Watson HealthTM.  Formerly known as the Truven Health Analytics® 100 Top Hospitals, this study spotlights the top-performing hospitals in the U.S. list based on a balanced scorecard of publicly available clinical, operational and patient satisfaction metrics and data. The study has been conducted annually since 1993. This is the eighth time St. Luke's has been recognized with this honor. Hospitals do not apply or pay to participate in the studies, nor do winners pay to promote their award. St. Luke's earned this award in 2018, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2009, 2005 and 2004. Learn more about this prestigious award.

Magnet Award for Excellence in Nursing

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

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Highest Rating

In 2019 St. Luke's Hospital has received the highest rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). CMS Hospital compare recently updated its overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings and St. Luke's was one of 293 hospitals in the U.S. with a five-star rating. CMS uses metrics from the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program and Hospital Outpatient Quality Report (OQR) Program to determine star ratings for more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide. Read the St. Luke's report.

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 ranked third best hospital in Iowa in the U.S. News & World Report 2018-19 edition. St. Luke's was rated high performing in three adult specialties: nephrology, pulmonary and geriatrics. St. Luke's was ranked high performing in four adult procedures and conditions: heart bypass surgery, heart failure, hip and knee replacement.

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.

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 sixth time for 2019.  St. Luke's has been named to this list in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

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.

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.


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 hip and knee joint replacement program. St. Luke's has also been re-certified as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. In addition certification has been achieved for trauma and total joint programs.

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

American Heart Association 2018 Mission Lifeline Gold Plus STEMI Receiving Award 

This award signifies a commitment to guideline adherence and quality improvement for the STEMI patient population. The 2018 Mission: Lifeline STEMI award is based on achieving performance standards in each of the Mission: Lifeline quality achievement measures from the analysis of 2017 data entered into the recently re-launched Get With The Guidelines™-Coronary Artery Disease AMI registry.

2018 Mission: Lifeline® NSTEMI Silver Recognition Award 

This award signifies a commitment to guideline adherence and quality improvement for the NSTEMI patient population. The 2018 Mission: Lifeline NSTEMI award is based on achieving performance standards in each of the Mission: Lifeline quality achievement measures from the analysis of 2017 data entered into the recently re-launched Get With The Guidelines™-Coronary Artery Disease AMI registry.? Achieving Mission: Lifeline NSTEMI Recognition denotes considerable focus to the NSTEMI portion of the ACS continuum.

Top Heart Hospital

St. Luke's has been designated as one of the 50 Top  Cardiovascular Hospitals six times. The study, singles 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 achieved Top 50 Cardiovascular status in 2016, 2015, 2012, 2008, 2007, 2004.

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.

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's NCDR Chest Pain MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2019, recognizes high standards of patient care

For the seventh year in a row, St. Luke's has received this prestigious recognition. In 2019, St. Luke's is one of only 225 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 Chest Pain MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award, St. Luke's has demonstrated sustained achievement in the Chest Pain MI 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.

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®

BC/BS has selected 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.