• Awards and Honors

  • The Penrose-St. Francis Heart & Vascular Center has earned recognition from Healthgrades in the following areas:

    • Recipient of the Healthgrades Vascular Surgery Excellence Award™ for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013)
    • Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Vascular Surgery for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013)
    • Ranked #1 in CO for Vascular Surgery for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013)
    • Ranked Among the Top 5 in CO for Vascular Surgery for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013) (Ranked 1 in 2013)
    • Five-Star Recipient for Vascular Surgery for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013)

  • Penrose-St. Francis Health Services has achieved more quality awards and recognition than any other Colorado hospital. Below are our awards for heart, vascular and thoracic services.

    • Penrose-St. Francis is one of "America's 50 Best Hospitals" for 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 by Healthgrades, the only recipient in Colorado and the top 1% in the nation.

    • Penrose Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center are proud to be Accredited Chest Pain Centers by the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC)

    • Penrose Cardiac, Thoracic & Vascular Surgery is the only southern Colorado practice to be Rated a Top 50 Heart Bypass Surgery Program by Consumer Reports® 2010. Heart Bypass Surgery Ratings are based on The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Data.

    • Penrose Cardiac, Thoracic & Vascular Surgery received a 3-STAR rating from Consumer Reports® for Bypass Surgery 2011

    • Recipient of the Healthgrades Cardiac Care Excellence Award™ in 2014

    • Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Overall Cardiac Services in 2014

    • Truven Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals 2014

    • Ranked Among the Top 10 in CO for Overall Cardiac Services for 11 Years in a Row (2003-2013) (Ranked 7 in 2013)

    • Ranked Among the Top 5 in CO for Cardiac Surgery in 2013 (Ranked 4 in 2013)

    • Ranked Among the Top 10 in CO for Cardiology Services for 11 Years in a Row (2003-2013) (Ranked 9 in 2013)

    • Five-Star Recipient for Coronary Bypass Surgery in 2013

    • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Attack for 3 Years in a Row (2012-2014)

    • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure for 12 Years in a Row (2003-2014)

    • Ranked #7 in CO for Overall Cardiac Services in 2013

    • Ranked #4 in CO for Cardiac Surgery in 2013

    • Ranked #9 in CO for Cardiology Services in 2013

    • Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is certified as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission

    • Recipient of the HealthGrades Vascular Surgery Excellence Award™ for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013)

    • Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Vascular Surgery for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013)

    • Ranked #1 in CO for Vascular Surgery for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013)

    • Ranked Among the Top 5 in CO for Vascular Surgery for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013) (Ranked 1 in 2013)

    • Five-Star Recipient for Vascular Surgery for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013)

    • Five-Star Recipient for Carotid Surgery for 3 Years in a Row (2012-2014)

    • Five-Star Recipient for Peripheral Vascular Bypass for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013)

    • Five-Star Rated for Carotid Surgery in 2012 (HealthGrades)

    • Five-Star Rated for Peripheral Vascular Bypass in 2012 (HealthGrades)

    • American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline® Receiving Center - SILVER Level Recognition Award 2013 (Penrose Hospital)

    • American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline® Receiving Center - BRONZE Level Recognition Award 2013 (St. Francis Medical Center)

    • Named a 2009 Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care

    • Ranked #1 in Colorado in 2010 for Critical Care Services

    • Recipient of HealthGrades 2010 Pulmonary Care and Critical Care Excellence Awards (HealthGrades)

    • Recipient of HealthGrades 2009-2012 Women's Health Excellence Award which is based on outcomes for women in the following areas:

      • Women's Medicine

      • Women's Cardiovascular Procedures

      • Women's Bone & Joint Health

    • Recipient of the American College of Cardiology Foundation's NCDR® ACTION Registry-Get With The Guidelines® Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2009

    • Penrose-St. Francis Health Services has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2014 

    • 2012 ACTION Registry® Get with the Guidelines Award 

    • Named to Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals® list for 1998, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006, including one of Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals for Cardiovascular Care in the United States; the annual Thomson Reuters award for cardiovascular services objectively measures performance on key criteria at the nation's top-performing acute-care hospitals

    • Aetna Institutes of Quality Cardiac Medical Intervention (2011-2012)

    • Aetna Institutes of Quality Cardiac Rhythm (2011-2012)

    • Aetna Institutes of Quality Cardiac Surgery (2011-2012)

    • The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Penrose-St. Francis is accredited as a program of excellence by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation

    • Penrose-St. Francis's inpatient rehabilitation unit has the highest level of accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation Rehabilitation Facilities

    • Penrose Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute (NCI) Community Cancer Center in Colorado

    • Penrose Cancer Center is the only facility in Colorado accredited for radiation therapy by the American College of Radiology

    • Penrose Cancer Center is the only facility in Colorado named to participate in a multimillion-dollar NCI pilot project that is bringing state-of-the-art treatment to local community hospitals

    • Penrose Cancer Center is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer

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