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Achievements & Recognitions


Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite
American Heart Association, 2015
The American Heart Association has identified Rochester Regional as one of an elite group of recipients of this important initiative. With the Gold distinction, Rochester Regional has made significant steps in recognizing the importance of a healthy work place as well as creating an environment of wellness by supporting our employees.

#2 in New York State for Overall Hospital Care
CareChex – Comparion (fka Delta Group), 2014
CareChex is a nationally recognized hospital quality rating service that provides an objective standard for comparing the quality of hospital care. A hospital's most recent three years of public data are analyzed using evidence-based peer-reviewed methodologies.

TOP Performing Hospital
Premier Healthcare Alliance, 2011
The Premier Healthcare Alliance includes 2,500 U.S. hospitals and maintains the nation's most comprehensive repository of clinical, financial and outcomes information. In naming Rochester General Hospital a TOP Performing Hospital, Premier noted that in the three years ending December 2010, RGH safely reduced the cost of care by $7.2 million while saving 183 more lives than statistically expected.

Community Value Five-Star Hospital
Cleverley + Associates, 2013
Cleverley + Associates provides consulting to healthcare leaders. The firm's Community Value Index is comprised of ten measures that assess a hospital's financial viability, cost structure, charge structure and quality. Those hospitals with aggregate scores in the top twenty percent in the nation are designated as "Community Value Five-Star Facilities." Cleverley & Associates is now in its tenth year of publishing the Community Value Index.

Nurse Magnet Re-designation
American Nurses Credentialing Center, since 2006
The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) is the world’s largest and most prestigious nurses credentialing organization. The ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes healthcare organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice. The program also provides a vehicle for disseminating best practices and strategies among nursing systems. The ANCC Magnet Recognition Program is the gold standard for nursing excellence.

Top 100 Integrated Health Networks
SDI Health, 2007-2012, Becker's Hospital Review, 2013
IMS Health, a leading national analytics firm, has been evaluating the ability of health systems to operate as unified organizations since 1997. First published by IMS-predecessor SDI Health, and more recently by Becker's Hospital Review but still using rankings from IMS, the Top 100 Integrated Health Networks list includes those health systems with the highest aggregate scores for integration, integrated technology, contractual capabilities, outpatient utilization, financial stability, services and access, hospital utilization and physicians.

Better Together Exemplar Hospital
Institute for Patent- and Family-Centered Care, 2014
The IPFCC’s Better Together campaign calls on all hospitals to welcome families 24 hours a day and to transform their approach to care so that patients' families and loved ones are included in care and decision-making. Studies and hospitals' experience show that unlimited access to family and loved ones reduces patient complications and stress, and improves the patient's experience of care in the hospital. The Joint Commission recommends that hospitals accommodate access to a patient's support person to encourage safer care. The IPFCC recognized Rochester General as one of twelve hospitals nationwide that exemplify success in eliminating restrictive visiting policies and are changing the concept of families as "visitors." 

NOVA Award
American Hospital Association, 2011
The AHA NOVA Awards honor effective, collaborative programs focused on improving community health status. RGH received the NOVA Award for its involvement as a partner in the Rochester Youth Violence Partnership, which works to keep teenagers from becoming repeat victims of gunshot or knife wounds. The Rochester Youth Violence Partnership was 1 of only 5 national award winners in 2011.

NICHE Designated Hospital
Hartford Institute for Healthcare Improvement, 2005-2011
The Hartford Institute for Healthcare Improvement's NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Health System Elders) is a leading organization designed to help hospitals improve the care of older adults.

Baby-Friendly Hospital
World Health Organization
The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFH) is a global program which recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding. Rochester General provides mothers with the information, confidence, and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies or feeding formula safely.

Nationally Recognized Hemophilia Center
National Hemophilia Foundation
RGH is a Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation and a NYS Diagnostic & Treatment Center providing treatment, education, advocacy, research and supportive programs to people affected by hemophilia and other inherited disorders.


#1 in New York State for Cardiac Care and Heart Attack Treatment
CareChex – Comparion (fka Delta Group), 2011- 2014
CareChex is a nationally recognized hospital quality rating service that provides an objective standard for comparing the quality of hospital care. A hospital's most recent three years of public data are analyzed using evidence-based peer-reviewed methodologies.

National Top 100 Cardiac Hospital
Thomson Reuters, nine times
Few hospitals in the nation have received this prestigious honor more often than Rochester General Hospital. The designation speaks to the highest quality of care an superior outcomes in Cardiac Care.

Top Quality Rating - Cardiac Surgery Performance
Society of Thoracic Surgeons, 2010
Founded in 1964, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons is a not-for-profit organization representing more than 6,300 surgeons, researchers and allied health care professionals worldwide who are dedicated to ensuring the best possible outcomes for surgeries of the heart, lung and esophagus, as well as other surgical procedures within the chest.


Exemplar Hospital - Infection Prevention
Institute for Healthcare Improvement, 2011
IHI, an independent non-profit organization, focuses on motivating and building the will for change; identifying and testing new models of care in partnership with both patients and health care professionals; and ensuring the broadest possible adoption of best practices and effective innovations. RGH was named an exemplar hospital by IHI for its work in infection prevention.

Sustained Improvement Award
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2011
RGH was honored by HHS as part of a new national awards program designed to highlight successful and sustained efforts to prevent healthcare-associated infections, specifically infections in critical care settings. The awards recognize critical care professionals and healthcare institutions for their efforts to reduce, and eventually eliminate, ventilator-associated pneumonia and bloodstream infections associated with central intravenous lines.


Top 50 Hospitals for Stroke Care
The Women's Choice Awards, 2015
The Women's Choice Awards was created by Medelia Inc., an organization that was founded by Delia Passi, former publisher of Working Mother magazine. Medelia works with Fortune 500 companies to support their efforts to increase sales and loyalty among women. Rochester General was one of two hospitals recognized in the state. The rating comes from a variety of performance metrics including: accreditation from the Joint Commission, patient satisfaction scores and the American Heart Association's Get with the Guidelines performance measures.

Primary Stroke Center Designation
Joint Commission since 2003
NYS Dept of Health since 2005

Rochester General Hospital has been certified a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission since 2003, and designated a Stroke Center by the NYSDOH since 2005.

Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award
Target Stroke Honor Roll
American Heart Association / American Stroke Association, since 2011

These awards recognize Rochester General's commitment and success in implementing excellent stroke care for patients in accordance with evidence-based guidelines. RGH is recognized as one of the top hospitals in the country for providing aggressive, proven stroke care.


Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology
AAGL, 2012
Rochester General Hospital's Women's Health division and six of its associated physicians have been recognized as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology by the AAGL. Originally known as the American Assoication of Gynecologic Laparoscopists, the membership of AAGL now encompasses more than laparoscopy alone and is proud to count among its members the foremost authorities in gynecology and pioneers in technique and procedures.


Breast Center of Excellence
National Consortium of Breast Centers
The Breast Center at Rochester General Hospital has been recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence by the National Consortium of Breast Centers. The designation as a Breast Center of Excellence must be reaffirmed each year, and is awarded after meeting 33 National Quality indicators.

Bariatrics Center of Excellence
Surgical Review Committee / American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery
Rochester General Hospital's bariatric center, Bariatrics of Western New York, has been named a Center of Excellence by the Surgical Review Committee (SRC) in conjunction with the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). ASMBS is the largest organization for bariatric surgeons in the world.

Hip and Knee Replacement Gold Seal
The Joint Commission
Rochester General Hospital has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval™ for total hip and knee replacements performed at its Center for Orthopaedics. The certification award recognizes Rochester General Hospital's dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission's state-of-the-art standards.

Blue Distinction Center+ for Hip & Knee Replacement
Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, 2013
Rochester General Hospital's Center for Orthopaedics has been designated a Blue Distinction Center+ by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, in recognition of its expertise in quality and cost efficiency. Blue Distinction Centers+ demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes of patients, with lower rates of complications and read-missions and their peers. Blue Distinction Centers+ are also more than 20 percent more cost-efficient.