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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 ExcellenceACR Gold Standard Accreditation for Breast MRIACR Gold Standard Accreditation for Breast UltrasoundACR Gold Standard Accreditation for Breast Stereotactic Breast BiopsyACR Gold Standard Accreditation for Mammography ACR Gold Standard Accreditation for CT Scan ACR Gold Standard Accreditation for MRI ACR Gold Standard Accreditation for Nuclear Medicine ACR Gold Standard Accreditation for PET Scan ACR Gold Standard Accreditation for Ultrasound

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 Hospital Magnet Designation for Nursing Excellence

ANCC Awarded El Camino Hospital Magnet Designation

Our Los Gatos and Mountain View hospitals have received Magnet designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The ANCC Magnet Recognition Program recognizes hospitals that provide the very best in nursing care.

Mountain View Hospital (El Camino Hospital) was the first hospital in Bay Area to earn Magnet designation.

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 Bariatric Surgery

Blue Distinction Center

Blue Shield of California has designated Mountain View Hospital 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.

CHIME Digital Health Most Wired Organization

CHIME Logo Digital Health Most Wired Acute Level 9

El Camino Health has been formally recognized by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) as a 2020 Digital Health Most Wired organization, climbing up to a Level Nine certification in 2020 after earning a Level Eight certification in 2019. 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.

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 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 Health 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 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

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.

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 hospital, 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 since its spring rating, and this is the first ‘A’ earned for its 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.

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.

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