Recognitions & Awards

Awards, Recognitions, and Accreditations of Foundation Health Partners

2022 Bronze Commitment to Quality - American Health Care Association

The Bronze award is the first of three distinctions through the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program and includes a comprehensive organizational assessment for long term care providers based on the Baldridge criteria. Denali Center was judged against a set of nationally recognized standards for achieving excellence, and the only Alaska facility recognized this year.

2021 Get With The Guidelines - Gold Stroke Quality Achievement Award

Fairbanks Memorial Hospital received the American Heart Association's Gold Get With The Guidelines - Stroke Quality Achievement Award for the commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines.

Additionally, FMH received the Association’s Type 2 Honor Roll award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed with more than 90% of compliance for 12 consecutive months for the “Overall Diabetes Cardiovascular Initiative Composite Score.”

2021, Organ Donation Referral Achievement Award

LifeCenter Northwest presented Fairbanks Memorial Hospital (FMH) with the Organ Donation Referral Achievement Award and the Collaboration Achievement Award on May 12, 2021.

Of the 230+ hospitals in the four-state region, FMH was one of only 14 hospitals to earn the Organ Donation Referral Achievement Award and one of only 28 hospitals to earn the Collaboration Achievement Award.  

2021, ASHNHA Quality & Patient Safety Award

2021, Best Doctors of Fairbanks, Reader's Choice Awards

Fairbanks Daily Newsminer, Reader's Choice Awards:

Dr. Jessica Highfill, TVC OBGYN
Dr. Cary Keller, FHP Sportsmedicine
Dr. Corrine Leistikow, TVC Family Medicine

2021, 40 under 40

Claire Stoltz, MD

The Alaska Journal of Commerce and the Anchorage Daily News announced the 2021 Top Forty Under 40 class, recognizing a group of outstanding young professionals in the 2021.

2020 Get With The Guidelines® Silver Plus Achievement Award

At Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, we’re committed to providing heart and stroke care based on the latest research-based treatment guidelines. Studies show patients can recover better when these guidelines are consistently followed. 

We’re proud to be recognized by the American Heart Association® for our achievement in the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke quality program. Another way FMH is putting people first, being community focused, and providing excellent care – every time. 

Get With The Guidelines® puts the unparalleled expertise of the American Heart Association® to work for hospitals nationwide. At Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, we help ensure patients receive care aligned with the latest research-based guidelines supported by the latest scientific evidence.

Hospitals receiving Get With The Guidelines® Silver Plus Achievement Award have reached an aggressive goal of treating patients with 85 percent or higher compliance to core standard levels of care as outlined by the American Heart Association® for one calendar year. 

Fairbanks Memorial Hospital is the proud recipient of the 2020 American Heart Association’s® Get With The Guidelines®– Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award. We are the first hospital in Interior Alaska to have earned the designation.

2020 World Health organization's Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding

2020-2021, US World & News Report, Best Nursing Homes

Most homes received one of three ratings – High Performing, Average, or Below Average – for both Short-Term Rehabilitation and for Long-Term Care. The ratings are based on U.S. News’s in-depth analysis of publicly available data, including information that is not factored into CMS’s star ratings. Unlike the star ratings, the U.S. News ratings recognize that patients undergoing relatively short-term rehabilitation have very different needs from those who require longer-term care. Facilities that earned a High Performing rating for either Short-Term Rehabilitation or Long-Term Care (or both) earned eligibility to display a U.S. News-trademarked Best Nursing Homes award “badge” (logo). Only 21% of U.S. nursing homes earned at least one badge.

2020, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services Star Rating

4 out of 5 stars

2020, National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers

Certificate of Accreditation, 2018-2021

2019-2020, US News & World Report, Best Nursing Home

Denali Center, short term rehabilitation and long term care.

2019, American Board of Perianesthesia Nursing

Certificate of Achievement

2019, American Academy of Sleep Medicine

5 year Accreditation

2019, Cribs for Kids, Silver Safe Sleep Leader

Commitment to reduce infant sleep-related deaths  by establishing a hospital infant safe sleep policy and modeling infant safe sleep through their hospital.

2019, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services Star Rating

5 out of 5 stars

2018, College of American Pathologists

Laboratory Accreditation

2018, American College of Surgeons Committee

Commission on cancer, accredited cancer program

2018, Washing State Medical Association

CME for physicians

2018, Neonatal Abstinence Certification

Since 2013

2018, Level 4 Trauma Center

Certification, 2017-2020

2018, Silver Beacon ICU Unit

Certification, since 2013

2018, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services Star Rating

4 out of 5 stars

2018, American College of Radiology

Breast Imaging Center of Excellence

2017, Commission on Cancer

J Michael Carroll Cancer Center, 3-year accreditation with commendation by CoC. Accreditation through on-site surveys by ACS every three years - was accredited 1976 before cancer center was even built.

2017, LifeCenter Northwest, Gift of Life Award

Organ procurement organization, LifeCenter Northwest is proud to announce the presentation of the Gift of Life Award for 2017. Fairbanks Memorial Hospital was recognized for its commitment to organ donation. The award honors both the life-saving work that occurs before donation and the collaborative care during the donation process. 

In 2017, FMH facilitated three organ donors and saved the lives of 16 people through transplanted organs. This is an impressive rate for any hospital, but truly remarkable given the logistical and geographical challenges of the region.

2017, American Association of Blood Banks

The Accreditation Program assesses the quality and operational systems in place within the facility. The basis for assessment includes compliance with Standards, Code of Federal Regulations and federal guidance documents.

2017, American College of Radiology

Breast Imaging Center of Excellence

2017, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services Star Rating

Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, 3 out of 5 stars

Denali Center, 4 out of 5 stars

2017, Level 4 Trauma Center

2017, Mountain Pacific Quality Health

Alaska Nursing Home Quality Achievement Award, Denali Center

2017, Designated General Pediatric Emergency Facility

Emergency Medical Services for Children

2017, VPP Star Status


2017, American College of Radiology

Brest MRI Accreditation, 3 years

2016, Silver Beacon ICU Unit


2016, Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Center of Excellence

VON Vermont Oxford Network, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, Woman & Infant Services.

2016, Outstanding Achievement Award, Oncology

The Commission on Cancer

2016, Quality Achievement Award

Mountain Pacific Quality Health

2015, Top Agency of the 2014 HomeCare Elite

OCS HomeCare by National Research Company, Home Health

2015, Quality Achievement Award

Denali Center, Mountain Pacific Quality Health

2015, Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence

National Quality Measures for Breast Centers

2012 ICU Beacon Award

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) conferred a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence on the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital in 2013. Fairbanks Memorial Hospital is the first ICU in the state of Alaska to be recognized with the prestigious award. Only 98 hospital units throughout the U.S. were recognized with a Beacon Award in 2012.

The Beacon Award for Excellence — a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and a healthy work environment — recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six standards for a healthy work environment. Units that achieve this three-year, three-level award with gold, silver and bronze designations meet national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award.

AACN President Kathryn E. Roberts, RN, MSN, CNS, CCRN, CCNS, applauds the commitment of the caregivers in the ICU at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital for working together to meet and exceed the high standards set forth by the Beacon Award for Excellence. These dedicated healthcare professionals join other members of the exceptional community of nurses who set the standard for optimal patient care.

“The Beacon Award for Excellence recognizes caregivers in stellar units whose consistent and systematic approach to evidence-based care optimizes patient outcomes. Units that receive this national recognition serve as a role model to others on their journey to excellent patient and family care,” she explained.

The silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence signifies continuous learning and effective systems to achieve optimal patient care. The ICU at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital earned its silver award by meeting the following evidence-based Beacon Award for Excellence criteria:

  • Leadership Structures and Systems
  • Appropriate Staffing and Staff Engagement
  • Effective Communication, Knowledge Management, Learning and Development, Best Practices
  • Evidence-Based Practice and Processes
  • Patient Outcomes

Brenda Franz, RN, former Director of ICU, Emergency Department and Procedures at FMH, described the award application process as very rigorous and comprehensive.  “This accomplishment represents one of many significant milestones on our unit's journey to optimal outcomes and exceptional patient care.  We are incredibly proud of this award.  This acknowledgement is just one more way to assure our community that they can get excellent patient care right here at home.”

About the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
Founded in 1969 and based in Aliso Viejo, Calif., the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world. AACN joins together the interests of more than 500,000 acute and critical care nurses and claims more than 240 chapters worldwide. The organization’s vision is to create a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and their families in which acute and critical care nurses make their optimal contribution. Connect with the organization on Facebook or Twitter.

Other FMH Recognition

  • Nationally accredited by the Joint Commission
  • Four star rating by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
  • Star Level Voluntary Protection Program from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer
  • Hospital Commitment to Quality Award from Mountain Pacific Quality Health
  • Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award
  • Top 100 for patient engagement from Becker's Hospital Review
  • National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers in the United States
  • Beacon Award for Excellence, Silver Level for our ICU
  • Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence from the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program
  • Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Center of Excellence from Vermont Oxford Network
  • Vista Award for New Construction for Fairbanks Imaging Center
  • Vista Award for Infrastructure for Boiler, Laundry, Waste Management

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