We are grateful to have been honored by various awards and accreditations over the years.


Valleywise Health has been recognized for creating a caring service environment where quality and service for our patients always comes first. In our continued effort to serve the community, we have had the privilege to be honored by receiving awards, recognition and accreditations from various entities.

  • National accreditation from DNV (Det Norske Veritas) healthcare, Inc., one of the world’s leading accreditation companies. DNV is the only hospital accreditation program approved by the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that integrates the new ISO 9001 Quality Management System with the Medicare Conditions of Participation.
  • The Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH) re-certified Valleywise Health as a “star” site in its prestigious Voluntary Protection Program (VPP), making Valleywise Health the only hospital in Arizona with star certification and one of only nine hospitals across the nation to earn this distinction.
  • The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has awarded Valleywise Health NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long‐term, participative relations.
  • The Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Valleywise Health will receive $300,000 a year for up to five years to support efforts to improve the health outcomes for minority and/or disadvantaged re-entrants, ages 18-26, in transition from jail to their communities. Valleywise Health is among seven organizations nationwide to receive federal grant funding under a new grant program, the Re-Entry Community Linkages (RE-LINK) Program.
  • The Seventh Avenue Family Health Center received the Dr. Daniel T. Cloud Outstanding Practice Award from the Arizona Partnership for Immunizations. This award is presented to those practices and clinics that have achieved the highest standard in their practice by reaching a 90 percent level for vaccine administration of teen age group.
  • In 2016 The Arizona Division Of Occupational Safety And Health (ADOSH) re-certifies Valleywise Health as a “star” site in its prestigious Voluntary Protection Program (VPP).
    • Valleywise Health is the only hospital in Arizona with star certification, and one of only nine hospitals across the nation to earn this distinction.
  • In 2015 Valleywise Health receives national accreditation from DNV (Det Norske Veritas) Healthcare, Inc.
    • DNV is one of the world’s leading accreditation companies and is the only hospital accreditation program approved by the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that integrates that new ISO 9001 Quality Management System with the Medicare Conditions of Participation. DNV Accreditation requires an annual survey and the organization’s continual compliance with the DNV accreditation process.
  • In 2015 Valleywise Health receives the highest level of recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA) Patient-Centered Medical Home Program for Valleywise Health’s 12 Family Health Centers.
  • Valleywise Health receives Safety Certification in Outpatient Practice Excellence (SCOPE) for women’s health by the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG)
    • The Valleywise Health Women’s Care Clinic is the first and only obstetrics and gynecology office in Arizona to receive this exceptional honor.
  • Valleywise Health receives designation by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as one of 55 ebola treatment centers in the United States.
    • Valleywise Health is the only CDC designated center in Maricopa County and one of two in Arizona.
  • In 2013 Valleywise Health system becomes first in Arizona to receive Quality Management System Certification
  • The American College of Surgeons recognized Valleywise Health’s Trauma Center as the only trauma center in Maricopa County with national accreditation to provide both adult and pediatric trauma services.
  • The Arizona Burn Center was re-verified as an adult and pediatric burn center by the American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The Arizona Burn Center is the only verified burn center in the state of Arizona and one of 58 verified burn centers nationally.
  • Valleywise Health had four honorees in the Phoenix Business Journal’s 2018 Health Care Heroes Awards program: Mamadou Souare, volunteer, Arizona Burn Center; Dr. Steve Stappczynski, Emergency Medicine, Lifetime Achievement; Patricia Johnson, Nursing; and Dr. Nyima Ali, Education.
  • In 2016 Valleywise Health received re-verification as an Adult and Pediatric Burn Center by the American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons (ACS).
    • The Arizona Burn Center is the only verified burn center in the state of Arizona and one of 58 verified burn centers nationally. To receive this designation, a burn center must meet rigorous standards regarding personnel qualifications, facilities, resources and medical services.
  • In 2015 Valleywise Health receives re-verification as an Adult And Pediatric Burn Center by The American Burn Association and The American College Of Surgeons (ACS).
    • The Arizona Burn Center is the only verified burn center in the state of Arizona and one of 58 verified burn centers nationally. To receive this designation, a burn center must meet rigorous standards regarding personnel qualifications, facilities, resources and medical services.
  • Arizona Perinatal Trust certification of Valleywise Health’s Level III NICU.
  • Lab recertification by Clinical Laboratory Improvements Amendments (CLIA) certification of registration from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
  • In 2015 Valleywise Health receives re-verification by The American College Of Surgeons as the only health system in Arizona to provide both adult and pediatric trauma care.
    • The American College of Surgeons (ACS) re-verified Valleywise Health as an Adult Trauma Center at Level I status. The designation is the highest level any trauma program in the country can achieve. Valleywise Health’s Pediatric Trauma Center was reverified at Level II status by the ACS.
  • Pediatric Emergency Department accreditation – American Academy of Pediatrics, Arizona Chapter.
  • In 2013 Valleywise Health was voted “best places to work” by the Phoenix Business Journal
  • Steve Purves, President and CEO, was named one of Phoenix’s top 25 most influential leaders by the Phoenix Business Journal.
  • Kris Gaw, Chief Operating Officer, was recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the top 25 COOs in the country and by Becker’s Hospital Review in its list of 130 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know. Ms. Gaw also was recognized by the Phoenix Business Journal in its list of 2017 Outstanding Women in Business.
  • Michael Epter, MD, an Valleywise Health emergency physician, won a national award from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for his work in teaching Arizona’s next generation of physicians. Dr. Epter was awarded the 2016 Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award from the council. Dr. Epter is Valleywise Health’s Emergency Medicine Residency Program Director. Dr. Eric Katz, chairman of the Emergency Medicine Department at Valleywise Health, won the Parker J. Palmer Award in 2014.
  • Crista Johnson-Agbakwu, MD, MSc, FACOG, founder and director of the Valleywise Health Refugee Women’s Health Clinic was chosen to receive the 2017 Children’s Action Alliance Jacque Steiner Public Leadership Award.
  • Heather Jordan, MSN, RN, Adult Emergency Department manager, received the Arizona Public Health Association Cele Cohen Nursing Excellence Award this year for leading implementation of routine opt-out HIV testing for all patients at Valleywise Health’s Adult Emergency Department.
  • Ryan Griespharmacist at the McDowell Healthcare Center, won the 2018 “40 under 40” Award
  • 2018 ATHENA Award winner Martha Martinez, language services coordinator
  • AZBigMedia Outstanding Physician Dr. Crista Johnson-Agbakwu, founding director of the Refugee Women’s Health Clinic, 2018.
  • AZBigMedia “Leadership Excellence” Award, 2018 Most Admired Companies program.
  • AZBigMedia “Up and Comer” of the Year, Ijana Harris, Arizona Corporate Counsel Awards, January 2019

Partnerships

American Burn Association
VPP Award
DNV
Awards- American College of Surgeons
Awards- NCQA
ACOG
CDC
Awards- PBJ Best Places to Work