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Awards, Certifications and Recognition

NVH Experience

College of American Pathologists (CAP) Accredited Laboratory

Accredited by College of American Pathologists The CAP program is recognized by the federal government as being equal to, or more stringent than, the government’s own inspection program. The North Valley Hospital Laboratory has been awarded accreditation by the Accreditation Committee of CAP since 1997. North Valley Hospital was congratulated for the “excellence of the services being provided.” The CAP certification mark is a service mark owned by CAP and is used pursuant to a license from CAP.

Designated Montana Community Trauma Center; Pediatric Prepared Facility

In 2015 the NVH Emergency Department received certification as a Pediatric Prepared Facility, having demonstrated its ability to provide advanced pediatric care for the majority of pediatric medical emergencies including illness and injury. The certification was granted by the Emergency Medical Services for Children Program at the Montana Department of Health and Human Services EMS and Trauma System, and Child Ready Montana.

American College of Radiology (ACR) Accreditation

Since 1995, North Valley Hospital’s Imaging Services has earned the ACR accreditation through exceptional quality and care in digital mammography. Only the highest quality care facilities receive ACR accreditation, instilling confidence for patients, referring physicians and managed care organizations. In addition to digital mammography, the advanced imaging equipment available at North Valley Hospital includes low-dose 64-slice CT, MRI, X-ray, EKG, ultrasound and nuclear medicine.

2015 Quality Respiratory Care Recognition Award from the American Association for Respiratory Care

Exceeding Patient Expectations and Overall Best Performance Awards by Avatar International

Avatar International quality award North Valley Hospital is one of 20 hospitals nationwide that was recognized again last year by Avatar International with consistently high standards of patient care across multiple services lines. Avatar International is an industry leader in health care quality improvement services and this acknowledgment is recognition of its top performing hospital partners each year.

Since 2002, North Valley Hospital has used the Avatar patient satisfaction system to obtain detailed information about the care provided to patients at the hospital. North Valley Hospital has been a recipient of the Exceeding Patient Expectations award for each year and since 2008 has achieved the highest honor with the Overall Best Performance award, which represents the top 10 percent in Avatar’s national database.

Women’s Choice Award for One of America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Experience in Obstetrics and Patient Experience Overall

North Valley Hospital is one of 350 hospitals nationwide to be recognized by WomenCertified® for care in obstetrics in 2013 and 2014. The award is based on clinical data and exceptional scores for patient recommendation in the HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) survey. WomenCertified also awarded North Valley Hospital as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Experience overall in 2013.

Hospitals qualify for the Woman’s Choice Award based on a scoring process that incorporates data from HCAHPS, the largest comparative database in the U.S. health care industry, and an analysis that weighs criteria identified as the most important to women for patient satisfaction. The scoring incorporates research on customer satisfaction among women conducted by WomenCertified including a joint study with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Hospitals were also screened based on clinical criteria. Hospitals do not apply or pay for this national recognition.

Nursing Certifications

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • Pediatric Life Support
  • Neonatal Resuscitation
  • Trauma Nurse Core Course
  • Advanced Burn Life Support
  • MOAB, Certified Emergency Nurse
  • Critical Care Certification
  • Orthopedic Certification
  • Medical/Surgical Certification

Physicians and Surgeons

All physicians and surgeons are board certified or board eligible.

2013 Top 100 Great Places to Work in Healthcare by Becker’s Hospital Review

Becker’s Hospital Review North Valley Hospital was chosen as one of the 100 Great Places to Work in Healthcare for 2013 by Becker’s Hospital Review, a publication of ASC Communications focusing on hospital and health system news. The national list was developed through nominations and editorial research. Facilities were chosen for their robust benefits, wellness initiatives, professional development opportunities, and work environments that promote employee collaboration and satisfaction. View the full list.

Best Places to Work in the Flathead Valley/Glacier Park Region

Best Places to Work 2013 North Valley Hospital and its outreach clinics were awarded first runner up in the in the large employer category of the Best Places to Work in the Flathead Valley/Glacier Park Region contest. The winners were selected based on direct employee feedback in the 2013 survey conducted by an independent research company and sponsored by Montana West Economic Development and the Daily Inter Lake. The sponsors indicate that “this competition recognizes those employers who have gone above and beyond to create the best possible environment to foster productive and happy employees, and that is often reflected in outstanding customer service.”

Employer of Choice Award / Flathead Valley 2014

Job Service Employers Council North Valley Hospital and its outreach clinics were awarded the Employer of Choice for employers in the Flathead over 25 employees by the Flathead Job Service Employers Council for 2014. The council selected NVH from nominations across the county based on our working environment, Planetree philosophy, education and training opportunities, support of the community, leadership and much more.

Best Places for Nurses to Work in the U.S. 2014

RN to BSN Online Programs North Valley hospital was ranked #42 out of more than 5,700 hospitals in the U.S. for Best Places for Nurses to Work by RN to BSN Online Programs.