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Awards and honors


Legacy Emanuel is recognized as a 2016 Mission: Lifeline Receiving Center Silver Recognition Award from the American Heart Association.

Legacy Mount Hood earned the Get with the Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite in 2016 from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.


Legacy Health nurses made a strong showing at the 2015 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year awards. The awards honored Legacy nurses in four categories of nursing practice.

Legacy Health received the 2015 “Greenhealth Partner for Change” Award from a national organization, Practice Greenhealth. The award recognizes Legacy for continuously improving and expanding upon our waste reduction, recycling and source reduction programs.

Legacy Mount Hood and Legacy Good Samaritan earned the Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

Legacy Meridian Park, Legacy Good Samaritan and Legacy Emanuel medical centers are among a handful of hospitals nationwide to receive an achievement award for cardiac care from the American College of Cardiology. The organization’s ACTION Registry-GWTG Silver awards recognize hospitals that have implemented a higher standard of care for heart attack patients. The awards signify that the three Legacy hospitals have reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients. 

The following Legacy hospitals were recognized for Performance Excellence  by CALNOC (The Collaborative Alliance for Nursing Outcomes) in: 
  • Reduction of Hospital Acquired Pressure Ulcers (HAPU Stage II+): Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center. 
  • Reduction of Central Line-Associated Blood Stream Infections: Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center, Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center. 
  • Reduction of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) Infections: Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center. 
  • Reduction of Clostridium difficile (C-diff) Infections: Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center.


The Collaborative Alliance for Nursing Outcomes (CALNOC) has recognized four Legacy hospitals for exemplary work in reducing hospital-acquired conditions in 2014. Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center, Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center and Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.


The Joint Commission awarded a new disease-specific Gold Seal of Approval certification for Chest Pain to Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center, which was the first hospital in the nation to receive the certification.

Legacy Health achieved HIMSS Analytics Stage 7, representing the highest level of electronic health record adoption. Stage 7 hospitals demonstrate superior implementation and utilization of health information technology systems. HIMSS Analytics is a wholly owned, not-for-profit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

The Joint Commission awarded Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center disease-specific certifications in six cardiac areas. The hospital was the first in the nation to be awarded six cardiac certifications.


The Daily Journal of Commerce awarded Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel with Top Project's 2012 highest honor: Best in Show.   

Legacy again received national recognition from the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). The HMFA MAP Award is highly regarded in the world of revenue cycle performance.

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) awarded Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel a gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence on the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Only 15 adult and children's critical care units in the U.S. have achieved the gold designation for the Beacon award.


Legacy Health is the winner of Portland General Electric's "Outstanding Leadership in Clean Wind Contribution" award for 2011.

At the Hospital Summit Awards, The Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems named Melinda Muller, M.D., vice president of primary care for Legacy Medical Group, as the Healthcare Professional of the Year for her work to promote the medical home concept within Legacy Health and throughout the state.

Also at the Hospital Summit Awards, where it received the most nominations of any hospital, Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel received the Outstanding Community Partner award for its efforts in improving the lifelong health of all Oregonians.

Legacy received national recognition from the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). The HFMA MAP Award is a highly coveted recognition in the often unsung world of revenue cycle performance

The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer awarded Legacy Health the 2010 Outstanding Achievement Award for receiving commendations in all areas during our 2010 accreditation survey. Legacy was the largest system in the country to achieve such an award and the only one in Oregon.


The Joint Commission re-awarded full accreditation to our Oregon hospitals:Legacy Meridian Park, Legacy Emanuel, Randall Children's HospitalLegacy Mount Hood and Legacy Good Samaritan medical centers. The accreditation recognizes Legacy's dedication to complying with the Joint Commission's state-of-the-art standards on a continuous basis.

The Kern Critical Care Unit at Legacy Good Samaritan received the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence, created by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) to recognize individual critical care units that distinguish themselves by improving every facet of quality patient care.

Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center was selected as one of 21 national winners of the 2010 Premier Award for Quality, the only Oregon hospital to receive this honor. More than 3,780 hospitals were eligible for the recognition, which is based on quality and efficiency data. 


Legacy Health was recognized by the National Association of Minority Contractors as the private organization which provided the most exceptional support to Oregon minority contractors in 2009.

Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center was one of 17 hospitals chosen (from among 5,000 across the U.S.) to receive the High Performing Revenue Cycle Award from the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). Meeting or exceeding the award's criteria not only helps confirm sound fiscal responsibility, but is also a meaningful measure of a positive patient experience.

The National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI) recognized of Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel as one of 10 hospitals nationwide with best practices for community benefit.

Portland Children's Investment Fund (CHIF) awarded two of The Children's Hospital's proven programs in early childhood, child abuse prevention/intervention, and foster care: $400,000 to Emanuel Children's Clinic (ECC) for providing a medical home for up to 300 of Portland's foster children and youth; and $600,000 to CARES Northwest for services for an estimated 689 children needing urgent child abuse medical assessments.

The American Stroke Association awarded its "Get With The Guidelines - Stroke Gold Performance Achievement Award" to Legacy Health hospitals: Legacy Emanuel, Legacy Good SamaritanLegacy Meridian Park and Legacy Salmon Creek. Of 1,512 participating stroke programs in the United States, only 120 received this award.

More than 100 Legacy physicians, representing 47 medical specialties, were featured as Top Docs in the January issue of Portland Monthly Magazine.
Legacy Emanuel Medical Center was named by The Portland Business Journal as one of Oregon's Most Admired Companies in the Health Care Companies category.


Legacy Meridian Park's stroke program was re-accredited by The Joint Commission "with no recommendations," meaning no deficiencies.

Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center received the Patient Safety Alliance Achievement Award for high standards of medical and surgical patient care in 2007.

Practice Greenhealth honored Legacy Health with its System for Change Award, which recognizes health systems that work cohesively to gather information, set goals, gauge their progress and encourage environmentally friendly practices. Legacy is one of only four health systems in the country to win the prestigious award this year. 
Practice Greenhealth also presented all five Legacy Health hospitals with their Environmental Leadership award, bestowed on hospitals that find creative and innovative ways to achieve long-term sustainability.
The Oregon Burn Center (OBC) at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center won 3 Telly Awards for its Burn Center Disaster Training video. Produced by 8 Rivers Film, the OBC training video, called Critical 72, won in three categories: a Bronze Award for editing, a Bronze Award for training and a Silver Award for cinematography.

More than 130 Legacy physicians, representing 41 medical specialties, were featured as Top Docs in the January issue of the Portland Monthly Magazine.


Legacy Health was honored by The Portland Business Journal for our corporate philanthropy.

The Short Stay Unit at Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center was awarded the Lasting Change Award by NRC+Picker for achieving Best Practice status in pain management and maintaining that level of care for a minimum of 18 months.
In recognition of our state-of-the-art technonolgy to improve patient care, Legacy Health was named to the 2007 "100 Most Wired" list by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. Legacy has been named on the list every year since 1999.

Trauma Nurses Talk Tough (TNTT) was a 2007 recipient of the American Hospital Association's NOVA Award for effective, collaborative programs focused on improving community health status.

Legacy Health received the 2007 H2E Sustained Environmental Leadership Award from Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E) . H2E also inducted Legacy into the H2E Environmental Leadership Circle.

Each Legacy hospital received separate 2007 H2E Environmental Leadership Award from Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E). Each hospital was also being inducted into the H2E Environmental Leadership Circle.