Awards & Recognitions

Award winning healthcare that’s close to home.

You can’t achieve the highest quality healthcare unless you strive for it. Throughout the St. Elizabeth family, it’s what we do every day, and it shows. It’s evidenced by the awards of excellence we often receive from respected national groups. While the accolades are gratifying, they reflect a level of personalized care and commitment that our patients have long known about. That breeds confidence across the board in our systems, advanced technology, high-ranking personnel, and most importantly, our outcomes. We appreciate the recognition, while our patients appreciate all that went into earning it; yet one more way of showing that we’re always right here for our community.


U.S. News & World Report

When the nation’s most well-known and respected rating system gives your hospital a “high performing” ranking across multiple categories, it helps make one of life’s most important decisions easier: where to turn when you need medical care. US News & World Report has given St. Elizabeth that distinction, proving once again that nationally recognized medical excellence is available close to home.

2021 Best Regional Hospital Rankings

St. Elizabeth Edgewood

  • Ranked second in Kentucky; Recognized in Bluegrass Region
  • Ranked second in Greater Cincinnati

2021 High Performing Procedures/Conditions

St. Elizabeth Edgewood

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Colon Cancer Surgery
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Failure
  • Heart Attack
  • Hip and Knee Replacement
  • Kidney Failure
  • Lung Cancer Surgery
  • Orthopaedics
  • Pneumonia
  • Stroke

St. Elizabeth Florence

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Failure
  • Kidney Failure
  • Stroke

St. Elizabeth Ft. Thomas

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Heart Failure
  • Kidney Failure

2021 Women’s Choice Awards

St. Elizabeth Edgewood

  • America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics
  • America’s Best Hospitals for Heart Care
  • America’s Best Hospitals for Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • America’s Best Hospitals for Orthopedics
  • America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer Care
  • America’s Best Breast Centers
  • America’s Best Stroke Centers

St. Elizabeth Florence

  • America’s Best Hospitals for Bariatric Surgery

The Joint Commission

Putting patient safety and quality of care at the forefront of a hospital’s commitment to excellence is how The Joint Commission measures success. America’s leading accreditor of healthcare organizations has recognized St. Elizabeth for attaining and sustaining excellence across a spectrum of specialties. That includes the Gold Seal of Approval™ and Primary Stroke Center Recertification at St. Elizabeth Edgewood, Florence and Ft. Thomas.

Top Performer on Key Quality Measures™
Heart attack, Heart failure, Pneumonia, Surgery, Children’s Asthma, Stroke and Venous Thromboembolism, Inpatient Psychiatric Services

  • St. Elizabeth Edgewood
  • St. Elizabeth Florence
  • St. Elizabeth Ft. Thomas
  • St. Elizabeth Grant

2018 Perinatal Care Certification

  • St. Elizabeth Healthcare

2021 Gold Seals of Approval®

  • St. Elizabeth Florence – Orthopaedic Spine Program
  • St. Elizabeth Florence – Shoulder Replacement Surgery

Gold Seal of Approval™ and Primary Stroke Center Recertification

  • St. Elizabeth Edgewood
  • St. Elizabeth Florence
  • St. Elizabeth Ft. Thomas

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association:

  • Get With The Guidelines® Atrial Fibrillation Gold  – 2021 (Edgewood, Florence, Ft. Thomas) 
  • Get With The Guidelines® Heart Failure Gold Plus with Honor Roll and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll Award  2021 (Edgewood, Florence, Ft. Thomas)
  • Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus with Honor Roll Elite and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll Award  2021 (Edgewood, Florence, Ft. Thomas)
  • Get With The Guidelines® Heart Failure Gold Plus with Target: Heart Failure with Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll Award   2020 (Edgewood, Florence, Ft. Thomas)
  • Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Award  2020 (Edgewood, Ft. Thomas)
  • Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus   2020 (Florence) 
  • Get With The Guidelines® Atrial Fibrillation Gold  – 2020 (Edgewood, Florence, Ft. Thomas)

The Joint Commission/American Heart Association Comprehensive Cardiac Center:

St. Elizabeth Edgewood has attained advanced certification by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association as a Comprehensive Cardiac Center, placing us in an elite group of hospitals that have met high standards to fully address the needs of patients with complex cardiac conditions.



If you are to make the grade as one of America’s 250 Best Hospitals, the data tells the story. For Health Grades, that means measuring clinical quality based on patient outcomes and safety. Medicare medical claims records and patient-survey data are significant benchmarks that show St. Elizabeth Healthcare to be among the best in both categories across multiple service lines.

2022 America’s Best Hospitals

St. Elizabeth Edgewood

  • America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2022)
  • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2022)

St. Elizabeth Ft. Thomas

  • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2022)

Healthgrades 2022 Specialty Excellence Awards

St. Elizabeth Edgewood

  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery Award™ (2022)
  • America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery Award™ (2022)
  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care Award™ (2022)
  • Critical Care Excellence Award™ (2022)
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery Excellence Award™ (2022)
  • Neurosciences Excellence Award™ (2022)
  • Pulmonary Care Excellence Award™ (2022)
  • Surgical Care Excellence Award™ (2022)

St. Elizabeth Ft. Thomas

  • Gastrointestinal Surgery Excellence Award™ (2022)

2021 Leap Frog Hospital Patient Safety “A” Grade

The independent national hospital watchdog group, The Leapfrog Group, announced its 2021 hospital safety scores. The Safety Grade assigns letter grades of A, B, C, D, and F to hospitals nationwide based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections, and other harms. St. Elizabeth Edgewood, Florence, and Ft. Thomas all received an “A” in Spring 2021 and St. Elizabeth Dearborn received an “A” in Fall 2021 for their commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S. Learn more.


2021 Healthiest Employers of Kentucky

St. Elizabeth has been recognized in the 2021 Healthiest Employers of Kentucky, an awards program created to honor people-first organizations that prioritize the well-being of their employee population.

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2021 Best Workplaces in NKY

COVID-19 Response

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American Heart Association – 2021 Workplace Health Achievement

The American Heart Association has defined best practices for employers to use to build a culture of health and well-being for their employees in the workplace. The American Heart Association’s Workplace Health Achievement Index measures the extent to which the company has implemented those workplace health best practices. Organizations recognized at the Silver level have achieved an Index score of 105 – 127 out of a maximum 217 points.

St. Elizabeth Healthcare is proud to have met American Heart Association criteria for Silver recognition in the AHA’s Workplace Health Achievement Index. See for more information.

2021 WELCOA Well Workplace, Bronze

St. Elizabeth Healthcare was awarded the WELCOA Well Workplace Bronze award for 2021. The award recognizes an organization for protecting and enhancing the health and well-being of all associates.

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HERO Health and Well-Being Best Practices Scorecard in Collaboration with Mercer©

St. Elizabeth Healthcare received an overall HERO score of 168 out of 200, 73 points higher than the national average! This scorecard recognizes St. Elizabeth’s commitment to health and well-being in the workplace.

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Beacon Award

Beacon Award of Excellence

The St. Elizabeth Edgewood Medical Intensive Care Unit, Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Cardiovascular-Surgical ICU and the St. Elizabeth Ft. Thomas ICU have received the Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN).

The Beacon Award is a prestigious honor given to critical care units that exemplify excellence in a variety of areas:

  • Leadership
  • Staffing/staff engagement
  • Communication
  • Knowledge management and learning development
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Outcome measurement

Patient safety and quality programs consider the Beacon Award to be a significant achievement in their evaluation process. It signifies a positive and supportive work environment, as evidenced by collaboration, higher morale, and lower turnover than other critical care units across the nation.

The Beacon Award showcases the exceptional care St. Elizabeth patients receive through improved outcomes and greater overall satisfaction.

Magnet® Recognized 2006, 2010, 2015, 2018, 2020

Being designated as a Magnet™ hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) means that your organization has been successful in aligning strategic nursing goals with improving patient outcomes. Put another way, St. Elizabeth Healthcare is where you’ll find front line personnel whose passion and performance are second to none.

St. Elizabeth Covington, Edgewood and Grant County proudly announced designation as the first ANCC Magnet™ hospital in the Greater Cincinnati area. The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) shared the news on April 18, 2007. St. Elizabeth Florence and Ft. Thomas followed suit, achieving this recognition on May 3, 2018.


Cincinnati Business Courier 2021 Health Care Heroes Award

Health Care Heroes Winner, Manager Category

  • Dr. Doug Flora, Executive Medical Director of Oncology Services

Health Care Heroes Finalist, Patient Experience Category

  • Lee Ann Ernst, RN, Nursing Supervisor and Team Leader of the Infectious Disease Response Team

Health Care Heroes Finalist, Innovator Category

  • Dr. Chaitanya Mandapakala, Medical Director of Chronic Lung Diseases

Health Care Heroes Finalist, Community Outreach Category

  • Dr. Elizabeth Velazquez, Family Medicine Physician, St. Elizabeth Physicians, Florence Ewing Primary Care

2020 NKY Community Award

St. Elizabeth Healthcare’s award follows the opening of a 250,000-square-foot state-of-the-art Cancer Center designed to meet the individual needs of our region’s cancer patients. According to the American Cancer Society, Kentucky faces the highest rates of overall cancer incidence and death in the United States. Read More


  • Top Performer in Coronary Bypass Graft Surgery Consumer Reports, July, 2018
  • Fitness for Life Around Grant County Platinum Award — Northern Kentucky Health Department, ’17, ’18
  • Workplace Wellness Achievement Index Bronze Award American Heart Association, ’16, ’17, ’18, ’19
  • Health Champion — American Diabetes Association, ’17
  • The St. Elizabeth Breast Centers are accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).
  • The Cancer Program is proud to be accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC), highest attainable “Golden Award” 2013-2016 at both the Edgewood and Ft. Thomas facilities.
  • UNICEF Certified Baby Friendly Hospital (The Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) was launched by WHO and UNICEF in 1991, following the Innocenti Declaration of 1990. The initiative is a global effort to implement practices that protect, promote and support breastfeeding.)
  • Healthcare’s Most Wired American Hospital Associate and College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), ’18