Awards and Accreditations
The doctors, nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center are committed to providing patients and their families quality, comprehensive patient care. We are proud to be recognized as a leading medical institution of the Mid-Atlantic region. Among the many awards and accreditations we have received, we are honored to have earned the following achievements.
U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals
Mercy achieved the highest rating possible, High Performing, in Hip Replacement. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings recognize hospitals that excel in treating patients. Scores are based on a variety of patient outcome and care related factors.
U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals
Mercy achieved the highest rating possible, High Performing, in Knee Replacement. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings recognize hospitals that excel in treating patients. Scores are based on a variety of patient outcome and care related factors.
Leapfrog Hospital Safety - Grade A
Mercy has been awarded an “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing Mercy’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.
America's 100 Best - Orthopedic Surgery
Mercy has been named one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery by Healthgrades. The award is an indicator of superior clinical outcomes in back and neck surgery, spinal fusion, hip fracture treatment, hip replacement, and total knee replacement. The distinction places Mercy in the top two percent of more than 4,500 hospitals assessed nationwide for its consistent, year-over-year superior clinical performance.
America's 100 Best - Joint Replacement
Mercy has been named one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement by Healthgrades. The award is an indicator of superior clinical outcomes in hip replacement as well as knee replacement.
America's 100 Best - Spine Surgery
Mercy has been named one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery by Healthgrades. The award is an indicator of superior clinical outcomes in back and neck surgeries and spinal fusion procedures. The distinction places Mercy in the top two percent of more than 4,500 hospitals assessed nationwide for its consistent, year-over-year superior clinical performance.
Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award
Mercy is the recipient of the Healthgrades Gynecologic Surgery Award for demonstrating superior performance in gynecologic surgery. This award recognizes the top 10 percent of hospitals evaluated that provided outstanding performance in gynecologic surgery, including hysterectomy and surgery related to the female reproductive system.
The Baltimore Sun's Best
Mercy's Gynecology practice at Mercy Personal Physicians at Lutherville was recognized by Baltimore Sun readers as the best in the region in a readers’ poll. Readers’ choice winners were those receiving the most votes during an online poll. Candidates that earned top votes were honored along with critics' picks from the Sun’s editorial staff.
Baltimore Jewish Times Readers' Choice
Orthopedics and Joint Replacement at Mercy has received the 2019 Readers' Choice Award from the Baltimore Jewish Times as the best orthopedic practice in Baltimore.
Aetna Institute of Quality
Mercy has been named an Aetna Institute of Quality® Orthopedic Care Facility for total joint replacement and spine surgery. Aetna makes information about the quality and cost of health care services available to its members to help them make informed decisions about their health care needs. In line with this goal, Aetna recognizes hospitals and facilities in its network that offer specialized clinical services for certain health conditions.
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Blue Distinction Center
Mercy has been named a Blue Distinction Center+ for Spine Surgery.
Blue Distinction Centers (BDC) met overall quality measures for patient safety and outcomes, developed with input from the medical community. Blue Distinction Centers + (BDC+) also met cost measures that address consumers’ need for affordable healthcare. Individual outcomes may vary. National criteria is displayed on www.bcbs.com. A Local Blue Plan may require additional criteria for facilities located in its own service area. For details on Local Blue Plan Criteria, a provider’s in-network status, or your own policy’s coverage, contact your Local Blue Plan. Each hospital’s Cost Index is calculated with data from its Local Blue Plan. Hospitals in CA, ID, NY, PA and WA may lie in two Local Blue Plans areas, resulting in two Cost Index figures; and their own Local Blue Plans decide whether one or both Cost Index figures must meet BDC+ national criteria. Neither Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association nor any Blue Plans are responsible for damages or non-covered charges resulting from Blue Distinction or other provider finder information or care received from Blue Distinction or other providers.
100 Great Hospitals in America
Becker's Hospital Review named Mercy Medical Center among its 2015 list of "100 Great Hospitals in America." According to Becker's Hospital Review, institutions that made the list have a strong foundation of high-quality care, stellar credentials and a focus on their communities. Additionally these hospitals are home to medical and scientific breakthroughs, provide best-in-class patient care and serve as research hubs or local anchors of wellness.
100 Hospitals with Great Women's Programs
Becker's Hospital Review named Mercy to its list of "100 Hospitals With Great Women's Health Programs" for 2014 and 2013. These hospitals offer outstanding women's health programs, such as gynecology, obstetrics, reproductive medicine and other women's health needs. Hospitals were selected based on clinical excellence, quality care and women's health awards.
100 Great Orthopedic Programs
Becker's Hospital Review named Mercy Medical Center to its list of "100 Hospitals with Great Orthopedic Programs" in 2015 and 2016. The list includes organizations whose orthopedic departments and dedicated centers have earned considerable recognition. Additionally these organizations provide outstanding patient care, advanced orthopedic research and treatment for professional athletes.
HealthStream Excellence Through Insight Award
HealthStream performs post-hospitalization surveys for hundreds of hospitals nationwide, including Mercy, with the goal of increasing patient satisfaction on a variety of levels. Mercy’s Laboratory was chosen for receiving the highest ratings in patient experience from among HealthStream’s clients, as well as exceeding industry standards.
HealthStream Excellence Through Insight Award
HealthStream performs post-hospitalization surveys for hundreds of hospitals nationwide, including Mercy, with the goal of increasing patient satisfaction on a variety of levels. Mercy’s Radiology Department was chosen for receiving the highest ratings in patient experience from among HealthStream’s clients, as well as exceeding industry standards.
Baltimore Magazine Top Doctors
Many Mercy doctors have been named to Baltimore magazine's list of "Top Doctors". A total of 28 Mercy Medical Center physicians were recognized in Baltimore magazine’s November 2019 “Top Doctors” issue, representing 23 separate specialties.
American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Hospital
The Magnet Recognition Program® of the American Nurses Credentialing Center recognizes the top health care organizations in the nation for quality patient care and nursing excellence. Mercy first earned Magnet Recognition in 2011 and achieved redesignation in 2016.
Beacon Award for Excellence
The American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) has named Mercy a gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence recipient for its Critical Care Unit. The Beacon Award for Excellence is a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and healthy work environments, recognizing unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards.
Best Hospital in Maryland for Nurses
Mercy Medical Center has been named the #1 Best Hospital in Maryland for Nurses by Nurse.org, a nursing career website. The organization analyzed surveys from nurses in hospitals across Maryland to determine the results.
Forum for Shared Governance Accreditation
This accreditation recognizes Mercy’s commitment to nurse involvement in making decisions that impact clinical practice, quality improvement and professional development. Increased engagement through shared governance contributes to greater job satisfaction, outstanding patient experience and excellent clinical care.
30 Most Nurse-Friendly Hospitals
Mercy Medical Center has been recognized as one of the Top Nurse-Friendly Hospitals in the nation by TopRNtoBSN.com, citing Nursing Excellence awards, an atmosphere of teamwork and mentoring and an attractive benefits package.
Employer of Choice Awards
America's Best Midsize Employers
For multiple years Mercy Medical Center has been ranked as one of the top 500 midsize employers in the United States by Forbes magazine, a leading national business publication. Mercy was one of only two health system employers in the state to be named a “Best Employer” by Forbes in the 2019 midsize category.
100 Great Places to Work in Healthcare
Becker's Hospital Review named Mercy one of the Top 100 Places to Work in Healthcare in April 2013. Employers are chosen for their demonstrated excellence in providing robust benefits, wellness initiatives, professional development opportunities and atmospheres of employee unity and satisfaction.
Joint Commission Hospital Accreditation
Mercy Medical Center is accredited by The Joint Commission, an independent, nationally recognized organization that evaluates hospitals and health care organizations throughout the United States. Additionally, Mercy holds several Joint Commission certifications:
- Joint Commission Advanced Certification - Primary Stroke Center
- Joint Commission Core Certification - Joint Replacement - Hip
- Joint Commission Core Certification - Joint Replacement - Knee
- Joint Commission Core Certification - Uterine-Ovarian Cancer
National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers
The American College of Surgeons has designated The Hoffberger Breast Center at Mercy as an accredited breast center as part of its National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, which works to provide the most efficient and contemporary breast care using scientific evidence about what works best for patients.
American College of Surgeons and Commission on Cancer Accreditation
Mercy Medical Center was awarded Full Accreditation. This prestigious accreditation is the seal of approval for cancer programs from the American College of Surgeons and formally acknowledges Mercy’s commitment to providing high-quality cancer care to our community.
American College of Radiology - Radiation Oncology Practice Accreditation
The Radiation Oncology Practice Accreditation Program provides radiation oncologists with third-party, impartial peer review and evaluation of patient care. The facility’s personnel, equipment, treatment-planning and treatment records as well as patient-safety policies and quality control/quality assessment activities are assessed.
American Academy of Sleep Medicine Accreditation
Mercy's Sleep Center, part of The Lung Center at Mercy, is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the only professional society dedicated exclusively to the medical sub-specialty of sleep medicine.
Stroke Gold Plus Certificate
The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association have jointly recognized Mercy’s continued success in using the “Get With the Guidelines” Stroke Program. The award specifically acknowledges Mercy for applying the most up-to-date, evidenced-based treatment guidelines to improve patient care and outcomes for our community.
The Mary Catherine Bunting Center Awards
The Mary Catherine Bunting Center is Mercy’s 686,000 square foot, state-of-the-art Main Hospital. Since its opening, The Bunting Center has been the recipient of numerous architectural, design and community impact awards, including the following:
- American Council of Engineering Companies National Recognition Award
- American Society of Landscape Architects, Maryland & Potomac Chapters, Honor Award
- National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, Maryland Chapter, Community Impact Award of Excellence
- Craftsman Awards of the Building Congress & Exchange of Metropolitan Baltimore
- The American Institute of Architects, Washington, DC Chapter, Presidential Citation for Urban Design
- The Baltimore Business Journal Green Development Award, First Place
- The Baltimore Business Journal Heavy Hitters in Real Estate Award, Redevelopment Category, First Place
- Greater Baltimore Committee Bridging the Gap Awards, Business Partnerships/Strategic Alliances
- Association of Fundraising Professionals, Maryland Chapter, Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year, Mary Catherine Bunting
- The City Paper Baltimore’s Best, Best Development Project
- Modern Healthcare Magazine Design Awards, (Unbuilt) Notable Project Award