Awards & Recognition

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.


CMS Five Star Logo

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 5-Star Rating

St. Elizabeth Edgewood, a leading healthcare provider in Greater Cincinnati, recently received a prestigious 5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This recognition solidifies St. Elizabeth Healthcare’s commitment to delivering outstanding patient care, excellence in clinical outcomes, and exceptional service to the community. As a recipient of the CMS 5-star rating, St. Elizabeth joins an elite group of healthcare organizations recognized for exceptional performance and commitment to quality improvement.

The CMS star ratings are based on a comprehensive evaluation of various quality measures, including patient experience, clinical outcomes, safety, and efficiency of care. Achieving a 5-star rating is a testament to the hospital’s unwavering dedication to providing the highest level of healthcare and meeting the stringent standards set by CMS.

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.

2023, 2022 Regionally Ranked – Best Regional Hospitals

2023 High Performing Procedures/Conditions

St. Elizabeth Edgewood

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair
  • Back Surgery (Spinal Fusion)
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Colon Cancer Surgery
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Attack
  • Heart Bypass Surgery
  • Heart Failure
  • Hip and Knee Replacement
  • Kidney Failure
  • Lung Cancer Surgery
  • Maternity Care (Uncomplicated Pregnancy)
  • Pneumonia
  • Prostate Cancer Surgery
  • Stroke

St. Elizabeth Florence

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

2023 Women’s Choice Awards

St. Elizabeth Edgewood

  • Best Hospitals – Obstetrics
  • Best Hospitals – Heart Care
  • Best Hospitals – Orthopedics
  • Best Hospitals – Comprehensive Breast Care
  • Best Hospitals – Stroke Care
  • Best Hospitals – Women’s Services
  • Best Hospitals – Mammogram Imaging
  • Best Hospitals –Patient Safety
  • Best 100 Hospitals – Patient Experience

St. Elizabeth Florence

  • Best Hospitals – Bariatric Surgery
  • Best 100 Hospitals – Patient Experience
  • Best – Extended Care

St. Elizabeth Ft. Thomas

  • Best Hospitals – Mammogram Imaging
  • Best 100 Hospitals – Patient Experience
  • Best – Extended Care

St. Elizabeth Covington

  • Best Hospitals – Mammogram Imaging

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 – 2023 (Edgewood)
  • Get With The Guidelines® Heart Failure Gold Plus with Honor Roll and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll Award – 2023 (Edgewood)
  • Get With The Guidelines® Atrial Fibrillation Gold – 2022 (Edgewood, Florence, Ft. Thomas)
  • Get With The Guidelines® Heart Failure Gold Plus with Honor Roll and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll Award 2022 (Edgewood, Florence, Ft. Thomas)
  • Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus with Honor Roll Elite and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll Award 2022 (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.


AMGA Award

AMGA’s 2024 Acclaim Award

St. Elizabeth Physicians has been named an honoree of AMGA’s 2024 Acclaim Award. The Acclaim Award, supported by AMGA Foundation, honors healthcare devliery organizations that have successfully aligned itself with the AMGA’s attributes of a High-Performing Health System™ and the quadruple aim. Learn more about our recognized healthcare initiatives.


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.

2023 America’s Best Hospitals

St. Elizabeth Edgewood

  • America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2023, 2022, 2021)
  • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2023, 2022, 2021)

Healthgrades 2023 Specialty Excellence Awards

St. Elizabeth Edgewood

  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery Award™ (2023, 2022)
  • Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award™ (2023, 2022)
  • Outpatient Joint Replacement Award™ (2023)
  • Stroke Care Excellence Award™ (2023, 2022, 2021)
  • State Ranking Award – Gastrointestinal Care (2023)
  • Surgical Care Excellence Award™ (2023, 2022)

2023 Leap Frog Hospital Patient Safety “A” Grade

The independent national hospital watchdog group, The Leapfrog Group, announced its 2023 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 received an “Aand St. Elizabeth Dearborn, St. Elizabeth Ft. Thomas and St. Elizabeth Florence received an “B” in Fall 2023 for their commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S. Learn more.

2023 ACCC Innovator Award Winner

The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) announced today that St. Elizabeth Cancer Center in Edgewood, Kentucky, is a recipient of a 2023 ACCC Innovator Award. St. Elizabeth Cancer Center won the award for the development of a care delivery model that demonstrates sustainable outreach for cancer screening, with a specific focus on at-risk and underserved patient populations. Learn more.

2022 HX Pinnacle of Excellence Award - Human Experience Award Winner Press Ganey

2022 Press Ganey Human Experience Pinnacle of Excellence Award® – Physician Engagement

St. Elizabeth Physicians – Dry Ridge Primary Care was named as the 2022 Human Experience (HX) Pinnacle of Excellence Award® winner by Press Ganey, the global leader in healthcare experience solutions and services. Learn more.


DAV Patriot Employer Seal

2023 Disabled American Veterans (DAV)


St. Elizabeth Healthcare earned the DAV Patriot Employer Award as recognition of our employment policies, hiring practices and community outreach to veterans in our area.

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NKY Chamber of Commerce

2023 NKY Chamber of Commerce Business Impact Awards


St. Elizabeth Healthcare earned the Cool Place to Work Award from the NKY Chamber of Commerce during the 2023 Business Impact Awards event presented by Huntington Bank. The award recognizes a business that fosters a culture of fun where employees value their jobs and enjoy going to work.

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2023 Healthiest Employers of Kentucky

St. Elizabeth has been recognized as one of Springbuk’s 2023 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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American Heart Association – 2023 Well-being Works Better™

Gold Recognition

The American Heart Association has defined best practices for employers to use to build a culture of health and well-being for their workforce. The American Heart Association’s Workforce Well-being Scorecard measures the extent to which the company has implemented those best practices. Companies recognized at the Gold level have achieved a score of 183 – 216 out of a maximum 230 points.

St. Elizabeth Healthcare is proud to have met American Heart Association criteria for Gold recognition in the Association’s Workforce Well-being Scorecard. See for more information.

WELCOA Well Workplace Bronze

2022 WELCOA Well Workplace, Bronze

St. Elizabeth Healthcare was awarded the WELCOA Well Workplace Bronze award for 2022. 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 Recognition Program®
2006, 2010, 2015, 2018, 2020, 2023

St. Elizabeth Healthcare is proud to have received the nursing profession’s highest honor, American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® at our Edgewood, Covington, Grant, Florence, and Ft. Thomas campuses. Magnet recognition is the highest national honor for nursing excellence and provides the ultimate benchmark for patients, their families and our community to measure the quality of care they can expect. Put another way, St. Elizabeth Healthcare is where you’ll find front line personnel whose passion and performance are second to none.

St. Elizabeth Healthcare Florence and Ft. Thomas achieved Magnet recognition, in April 2018, as a reflection of their nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care and achieved redesignation in 2023. St. Elizabeth Edgewood, Covington, and Grant were the first hospitals in Greater Cincinnati to achieve Magnet designation in 2006 and achieved their fourth Magnet designation in 2020.


EPA’s ENERGY STAR® certification

St. Elizabeth Edgewood has earned ENERGY STAR® certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency! The next time you visit, check out the little blue label on display at our entrance – it represents proven, verified superior energy performance over a 12-month period. In fact, ENERGY STAR certified buildings perform in the top 25 percent of similar buildings nationwide!

For more than 20 years, EPA’s ENERGY STAR program has been America’s resource for saving energy and protecting the environment – today, thousands of facility owners and managers use ENERGY STAR to improve the energy performance of their buildings. Learn More.

Cincinnati Business Courier 2023 Health Care Heroes Award


Health Care Heroes Finalist,
Patient Experience Category

      • Stephanie Bonfilio, MSN, RN, OCN, ONN-CG,

    Oncology Navigation Manager

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


  • 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).
  • 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.)
  • St. Elizabeth Hospice received the Hospice Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers & Systems (CAHPS) survey Honors Award for 2023.
  • Grant County Emergency Department received the National Lantern Award, presented by the Emergency Nurses Association in 2023.
  • St. Elizabeth Healthcare received credentialing from DNV as a Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) Facility in 2023.