Awards & Recognition

Awards and Recognition

U.S. News & World Report Top Hospital

John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek has been ranked one of the nation's top hospitals by U.S. News & World Report in its annual list of America's Best Hospitals continuously since 2010. The only non-academic medical center in northern California to appear in the Top 50, John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek is named #50 in Gastroenterology and #40 in Orthopedics, making the hospital one of the top-ranked facilities in California in these specialties.

Magnet® Recognition for Nursing

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association, has honored John Muir Health with Magnet® recognition status for excellence in nursing services and quality nursing care at both hospitals. The Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes health care organizations that demonstrate excellence and adherence to national standards for the organization and delivery of nursing services. Magnet recognition is the highest level of recognition that the ANCC can accord to a health care organization and honors the nursing service at John Muir Medical Center, Concord and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek as two of the best in the nation.

The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval™ Accreditation

John Muir Health has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals. The accreditation award recognizes our dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

John Muir Health underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey and a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated us for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

John Muir Health has also been awarded disease-specific recognition for its diabetes services.

The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for certification as Primary Stroke Centers

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After undergoing an on-site evaluation and demonstrating compliance with nationally developed standards for stroke care, John Muir Health’s Concord and Walnut Creek Medical Centers have earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for certification as Primary Stroke Centers. By achieving certification as Primary Stroke Centers, we have proven our ability to provide effective, timely care to stroke victims, which can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients.

The American College of Radiology (ACR)

John Muir Health’s Radiation Oncology programs at its Concord and Walnut Creek medical centers have received accreditation from The American College of Radiology (ACR), the nation’s oldest and most widely recognized radiation oncology and medical imaging accrediting body. This recognition places John Muir Health in the company of 200 radiation oncology facilities in the United States that are ACR accredited or in the accreditation review process, and the only hospitals in the East Bay to be recognized.

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines Gold Performance Achievement Award

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognized John Muir Health’s Concord and Walnut Creek medical centers for providing outstanding care to stroke and heart disease patients using national standards established through the Get With The Guidelines® program. John Muir Health’s Gold recognized hospitals follow core standard levels of care and treatment guidelines as outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association at least 85 percent of the time and have maintained this performance level for 24 consecutive months. The Plus awards represents that we have achieved an additional 75 percent compliance with specific quality measures for at least twelve consecutive months.

Get With The Guidelines tools enable John Muir Health’s physicians and staff to continuously improve the quality of care provided to coronary heart disease, heart failure and stroke patients, improve health outcomes, save lives and ultimately, reduce health care costs by lowering the recurrence of heart attacks or strokes.


Breast Center of Excellence

John Muir Health is one of four institutions nationwide to be recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence by the National Consortium of Breast Centers.

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John Muir Medical Center, Concord and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek are both recognized as Blue Distinction Centers for Knee and Hip Replacement.

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John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek is recognized as Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery.

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John Muir Medical Center, Concord is recognized as Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care.

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Note: Designation as Blue Distinction Centers® means these facilities' overall experience and aggregate data met objective criteria established in collaboration with expert clinicians' and leading professional organizations' recommendations. Individual outcomes may vary. To find out which services are covered under your policy at any facilities, please call your local Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield Plan; and call your provider before making an appointment, to verify the most current information on its Network participation and Blue Distinction status. Neither Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association nor any of its Licensees are responsible for any damages, losses, or non-covered charges that may result from using Blue Distinction or other provider finder information or receiving care from a Blue Distinction or other provider.

Chest Pain Center Accreditation

Our have both received the highest level of Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers, an international non-profit focused on improving care for cardiac patients. John Muir Health's two hospitals are among only 500 hospitals nationwide accredited as Chest Pain Centers.

A Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)

A Three-Year Accreditation was awarded to John Muir Health for the following programs:

  • Hospital Inpatient Rehabilitation Program (Adult)
  • Hospital Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs (Children and Adolescents)
  • Hospital Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs - Stroke Specialty Program (Adults)

Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality

John Muir Medical Center, Concord and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut have been recognized as “Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization. The findings were part of HRC Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index 2014. Both facilities earned top marks in meeting non-discrimination and training criteria that demonstrate its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families.