Honors and Awards

El Camino Health's hospitals have earned numerous awards for quality and excellence. Rest assured knowing that you have a local healthcare resource that’s a national and regional leader in patient outcomes.

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.

Aetna Institute of Quality – Orthopedic Care

Aetna Institute of Quality

Our Los Gatos and Mountain View hospitals have been designated an Aetna Institute of Quality® (IOQ) Orthopedic Care Facility for spine surgery.

Additionally, Mountain View Hospital 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 in Mountain View 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.

American College of Cardiology (ACC) Transcatheter Valve Certification

Seal for Transcatheter Valve Certification from the American College of Cardiology (ACC)

El Camino Health has been recognized with the Transcatheter Valve Certification from the American College of Cardiology (ACC), acknowledging its exceptional program, physician leadership, quality patient outcomes and team-based care. El Camino Health is the first health care organization in the state of California to receive this certification.

The ACC's Transcatheter Valve Certification is an external review and certification process that identifies hospitals that are currently implementing best practices and clinical excellence in transcatheter valve procedures, which include replacing the aortic valve or repairing the mitral or tricuspid valves using minimally invasive techniques. El Camino Health’s Norma Melchor Heart and Vascular Institute is recognized for its uniquely high quality, pioneering work in the heart valve space and offers advanced cardiac and vascular care at every stage of the health care continuum.

American College of Radiology (ACR) Gold Standard of Accreditation

ACR Gold Standard Accreditation for Breast Imaging Center of Excellence

To achieve the ACR Gold Standard of Accreditation, our facility's personnel qualifications, equipment requirements, quality assurance, and quality control procedures have gone through a rigorous review process and have met specific qualifications. Every aspect of the ACR accreditation process is overseen by board-certified, expert radiologists and medical physicists in advanced diagnostic imaging.

El Camino Health has achieved ACR Gold Standard of Accreditation for:

The El Camino Health Women's Imaging Center has been accredited as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.

ANCC Magnet® Designation for Nursing Excellence

ANCC Awarded El Camino Hospital Magnet Designation

In January 2021 El Camino Health received Magnet® Designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for the fourth consecutive time for nursing excellence and quality patient care.

El Camino Health was designated as a Magnet organization in 2005, 2010, and 2015. Only eight percent of hospitals in the country have Magnet designation, and less than one percent are four-time designees. El Camino Health is one of the original 41 Magnet hospitals and leads with an extraordinary program.

Accredited Nurse Residency Program

Accredited Nurse Residency Program

El Camino Health New Graduate RN Residency is accredited with distinction as a Practice Transition Program by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Baby-Friendly® Designated Hospital

Baby Friendly Award

Baby-Friendly USA has designated Los Gatos Hospital 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.

Los Gatos Hospital was the first hospital in Santa Clara County to earn the Baby-Friendly designation.

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

Blue Distinction Center

Blue Shield of California has designated El Camino Health as a Blue Distinction Center for BDC Cardiac Care, BDC Bariatric Surgery, BDC Maternity Care, BDC+ Knee and Hip Replacement and BDC Spine Surgery.

Anthem Blue Cross has designated El Camino Health as a Blue Distinction Center for BDC Cardiac Care, BDC Maternity Care, BDC Knee and Hip Replacement and BDC Spine Surgery.

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.

CHIME Digital Health Most Wired Organization

CHIME Digital Health Most Wired Organization

El Camino Health has been formally recognized by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) as a 2021 Digital Health Most Wired organization, earning a Level Nine certification for the second year in a row for acute and also Level Nine in the ambulatory category. CHIME’s award recognizes organizations around the world which adopt and implement information technology in an optimal manner to elevate the health care, clinical and business services offered to their communities. Level Nine winners like El Camino Health are noted as leaders in health care technology using innovative methods to push the industry forward.

The CHIME name and Digital Health Most Wired logo are registered trademarks of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives Foundation and College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, respectively.

Commission on Cancer (CoC)

Commission on Cancer (CoC)

Our Cancer Center has earned the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) 2019 Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA). The award recognizes cancer programs that strive for excellence in demonstrating compliance with the CoC standards and are committed to ensuring high quality cancer care. In 2019, 49 accredited cancer programs throughout the United States earned the OAA.

Fortune & IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals®

Fortune & IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals®

In 2021, El Camino Health's Mountain View hospital was the only California hospital to be listed as one of the 100 top-performing hospitals in the U.S. by Fortune and IBM Watson Health. El Camino Health was further distinguished as a 100 Top Everest Award winner for being one of 20 healthcare providers on the list to achieve national benchmarks for both the fastest rate of improvement during the past five years and highest current year performance. Using independent public data and proprietary analytics, the 100 Top Hospitals study recognizes hospitals that have clearly demonstrated top performance in care, efficiency and community value. The study objectively gauges leadership impact and organizational health by assessing the ability to drive consistent, outstanding performance versus the performance of industry peers. As a 100 Top Hospitals award winner in 2021, our leadership team, medical staff and employees — together as a team — have set national benchmarks for the highest balanced performance in the nation. Visit www.100tophospitals.com for more information on this program.

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 our Los Gatos and Mountain View hospitals 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 Care

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 Health's Mountain View hospital has been designated as a Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center. El Camino Health's Los Gatos hospital is designated as a Primary Stroke Center.

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

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 Los Gatos Hospital 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 Hospital

Gold Seal

Mountain View Hospital (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 Mountain View Hospital 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

Gold Plus Award from the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognizes Mountain View Hospital for achieving 85 percent or higher compliance with all Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Achievement Measures and 75 percent 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 ≤ 45 minutes 75 percent or more and ≤ 30 minutes 50 percent or more of applicable acute ischemic stroke patients to improve quality of patient care and outcomes.

Healthgrades 2021 Outstanding Patient Experience Award™

Healthgrades 2021 Outstanding Patient Experience Award

El Camino Health earned the Healthgrades 2021 Outstanding Patient Experience Award™. This distinction places El Camino Health among the top 15 percent of hospitals nationwide for patient experience, according to Healthgrades, the leading marketplace that connects patients and providers. For this annual analysis, Healthgrades evaluated 3,297 hospitals that submitted at least 100 patient experience surveys to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), covering admissions from January 2019 to December 2019. Of those hospitals evaluated, 417 hospitals outperformed their peers—based on their patients’ responses—to achieve this award.

Intersocietal Accreditation Commission – Echocardiography

Intersocietal Accreditation Commission - Echocardiography

The Norma Melchor Heart & Vascular Institute in Mountain View 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 our Los Gatos and Mountain View hospitals 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.

Nationally Recognized with 'A' Grade in Leapfrog Hospital Safety Program

Leapfrog Hospital Safety Program

El Camino Health earned an 'A' in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade program at its Mountain View and Los Gatos hospitals, recognizing the health system's commitment to providing safe, high-quality care to patients.

Leapfrog measures publicly available safety data to grade more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year with A, B, C, D or F ratings based on their performance to prevent errors, injuries, accidents and infections. The hospital rating is an improvement for El Camino Health's Los Gatos Hospital since its spring rating, and the first 'A' for the campus. This is the third 'A' in a row for the Mountain View campus.

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

Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program

Weight Loss Surgery Program in Mountain View 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.

Newsweek Best Maternity Hospitals 2021

Newsweek Best Maternity Hospitals 2021

El Camino Health's hospital in Los Gatos, California has been named to Newsweek's 2021 list of Best Maternity Care Hospitals. The distinction recognizes facilities that have provided exceptional care to mothers, newborns and their families, as verified by the 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Survey. Best Maternity Care Hospitals is part of Newsweek's Best Health Care series, powered by data from The Leapfrog Group. Best Maternity Care Hospitals were first designated in 2020.

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

NICHE Program Logo

Our Los Gatos and Mountain View hospitals have 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, the hospitals have 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 our Weight Loss Surgery Program in Mountain View 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 weight loss surgery and care. These standards increase the likelihood of superior outcomes and reduced costs.

Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award

Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award

El Camino Health's Los Gatos Hospital has received Press Ganey's 2021 Guardian of Excellence Award for Patient Experience in Outpatient Oncology. Winners in this category have reached the 95th percentile for patient experience metrics for each reporting period in the award. Press Ganey is the national leader in healthcare consumer and workforce engagement, they are a strategic business partner to more than 41,000 healthcare facilities.

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