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Awards & Accreditations

Quality Initiatives

Memorial Family of Services is committed to meeting the needs of our community. With more than 300 physicians on our medical staff and more than 2,500 employees, Memorial is home to a number of nationally recognized medical programs. We are proud to note the following awards of distinction and recognition of excellence.

Cancer Care

Commission on Cancer, an independent organization established by the American College of Surgeons that sets standards for quality cancer care. Renewed 2011.

North Star Lodge holds the highest level of accreditation: 3-year Accreditation with Commendation

What does this mean for North Star patients?

  • Quality care, close to home
  • Comprehensive care including a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment
  • A multidisciplinary, team approach to coordinate the best treatment options
  • Access to cancer related information, education and support
  • A cancer registry that collects data on type and stage of cancers and treatment/patient follow-up care
  • Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care


  • American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Community Research Award, 2009 Hematology & Oncology News & Issues (HONI) magazine names North Star Lodge the best medium-sized cancer facility in the United States, 2008
  • Commission on Cancer - Outstanding Achievement Award, 2008

Heart and Vascular

  • Society of Chest Pain Centers Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI, 2010
  • American Heart Association (AHA) Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke and Heart Failure bronze performance achievement awards, 2010

Overall Quality

  • Qualis Health Award of Excellence in Healthcare Quality, 2010
    • Glycemic Control
    • Emergency Department

Industry Leadership

  • Rick Linneweh, President and CEO - Leaders in Health Care 2012: Lifetime Achievement Award
  • The 25 Best Hospitals to work for in the US by Healthcare Exec News - 2012
  • National Research Corporation (NRC) Consumer Choice Award 2009/2010 and 2010/2011
  • Accredited by The Joint Commission, renewed 2010
  • 2008 Cleverly and Associates Community Value 100, one of the Top 100 Hospitals for Hospital Quality, Cost of Services, Value of Services, and Viability and reinvestment back into the community
  • Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work in America, 2003
  • Washington State Hospital Association Health Leadership Award, 2004
  • American Hospital Association's national NOVA Award for our leadership role in creating Children's Village, 1999 Community Partnership
  • Finalist for the coveted Foster McGraw Prize for community service, 2000 National Communities Can! Award for outstanding collaboration

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