Awards & Accreditations

Healthgrades, Planetree and AHA awards

Enloe Medical Center has been recognized for the top-rate, quality care we provide. We thank our employees, medical staff, and the many volunteers and community members who have made the following recognitions and designations possible.

Hospital Safety

patient safety excellence award

Enloe Medical Center has been recognized by Healthgrades as a 2022 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ recipient. This distinction places Enloe among the top 10% of all short-term acute care hospitals as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading marketplace connecting patients and providers.

Enloe joins elite company as being one of only eight hospitals in California to receive both the Patient Safety award for 2022 and be named one of America’s Best Overall hospitals. The honor also marks the second straight year Enloe is both a Patient Safety recipient and in the Top 10% in the country from Patient Safety.

Based on a study from 2018-2020, on average, patients treated in hospitals that received this recognition were 55.8% less likely to experience a hip fracture from an in-hospital fall, 52.6% less likely to experience a collapsed lung from a procedure or surgery in the chest area, 66.2% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores, and 65.8% less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections, than if treated in a hospital that didn’t receive this award.

In spring 2022, Enloe Medical Center achieved the highest possible Hospital Safety Score: an A, ranking us among the safest facilities in the country.

leapfrog spring 2022

Enloe has earned this recognition 12 of the previous 13 grading periods.

The rating is based on hospital performance in five general areas: Infections, Problems with Surgery, Practices to Prevent Errors, Safety Problems, and Doctors, Nurses and Hospital Staff. These areas measure such items as surgical site infections, blood clots after surgery, documentation, handwashing, patient falls, pressure sores, sufficient staffing, medication administration, leadership, training, and communication and responsiveness to patients.

To see Enloe’s full grade and to access patient safety tips, visit Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade.

Healthgrades 250 Best

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Enloe Medical Center is one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Gastrointestinal Care and Gastrointestinal Surgery, according to new research released by Healthgrades. Learn more.

Enloe Medical Center was also recognized for the following clinical achievements:

  • Healthgrades Cranial Neurosurgery Excellence Award™ for four years in a row (2019-2022)
  • Healthgrades Critical Care Excellence Award™ for two years in a row (2021-2022)
  • Five-Star recipient for Valve Surgery in 2022
  • Five-Star recipient for Treatment of Heart Attack for two years in a row (2021-2022)
  • Five-Star recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure in 2022
  • Five-Star recipient for Treatment of Pneumonia in 2022

U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News award

U.S. News & World Report designated Enloe Medical Center as a Northern Sierras Best Regional Hospital for 2021-2022. The medical center was also highlighted as a top performer in these nine lines of service:

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Diabetes
  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Hip replacement
  • Kidney failure
  • Knee replacement
  • Pneumonia
  • Stroke

The publication analyzed 4,523 hospitals nationwide, ranking the top 50 best hospitals and 531 best regional hospitals. Enloe is listed in the top 50 California hospitals. It is No. 42 of the 416 California hospitals evaluated.

Planetree Gold Re-Certification

Planetree Gold with Distinction badgeEnloe Medical Center is one of only seven organizations worldwide to earn Planetree’s highest honor. Enloe was honored with the Certification with Distinction for Leadership and Innovation in Person-Centered Care by Planetree International. The honor recognizes Enloe’s work to advance person-centered care through outreach, research, scholarship and innovation.

Achieving Distinction status requires organizations to earn re-certification at the Gold level while growing their success beyond the standards outlined in the Person-Centered Care Certification Program.

Planetree is an internationally recognized not-for-profit organization that partners with health care providers around the world to advance patient-centered approaches to care. Learn more about Planetree at Enloe.

Licenses & Accreditations

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California Department of Public Health

Enloe is licensed by the State of California to operate as an acute care hospital.

Joint Commission Accredited

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Enloe Medical Center, the Enloe Stroke Program, Enloe HomeCare, and Enloe’s Pathology and Clinical Laboratory are Joint Commission-Accredited Programs. Learn more about quality and safety at Enloe.

Blue Distinction Centers

Bariatric Surgery

Knee & Hip Replacement

Spine Surgery

Anthem knees

Enloe Medical Center is designated as a Center of Accreditation from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

The ASMBS has awarded Enloe with this three-year designation five times: in 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016 and 2019. Learn more about the Enloe Bariatric Program.

Anthem knees

Enloe Medical Center is designated as a Blue Distinction Center+ for knee and hip replacement.

This two-year designation from Anthem Blue Cross was granted in 2019. Blue Distinction is given to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality health care and is based on rigorous, evidence-based criteria.

Anthem spine

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California have named Enloe Medical Center as a Blue Distinction Center in Spine Surgery. The Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program is a national designation awarded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality specialty care.

The criteria for designation recently expanded to include more robust quality measures focused on improved patient health and safety, as well as new cost-efficiency measures.

Recognition for Services


Flightcare award

Enloe FlightCare has been fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Air Medical Transport since 2008. CAMTS is an organization that is dedicated to improving the quality and safety of medical transport services.

The accreditation recognized that our medical transport rotor-wing service provides “highly skilled flight nurse/paramedic teams to care for adult and pediatric patients.”

Designated STEMI Receiving Center

Enloe Medical Center has been designated as a STEMI Receiving Center by the Sierra-Sacramento Valley EMS Agency since 2010.

A designated STEMI Receiving Center has been deemed particularly qualified to treat STEMI (ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction) heart attacks, a particular kind of attack, considered to be the most severe and caused by a clot in one or more of the coronary arteries. Learn more about STEMI Receiving Centers.

Enloes Nettleton Mother & Baby Care Center

Mother Baby-Friendly

Enloe Medical Center is designated as a Baby-Friendly birth facility. This international award recognizes birth facilities that offer breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence, and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.

We first received this designation in 2011, making Enloe Medical Center the first hospital between Butte County and Oregon to achieve this status. We recently received another five-year designation, making us one of only 417 U.S. hospitals to hold this designation. This global initiative was launched by the World Health Organization and UNICEF in 1991.

Enloe was also named to the California Health & Human Services Agency and Cal Hospital Compare 2020 Honor Roll for Maternity Care for hitting a statewide target rate of 23.9% or lower for low-risk cesarean sections, or C-sections, in first-time moms with low-risk pregnancies.

Physical Therapy - Continuing Competency Approval Agency

The Physical Therapy Board of California (PTBC) has made Enloe Medical Center a Continuing Competency Approval Agency, meaning that we are an approved provider of continuing competency courses. Physical therapists must take 30 hours of approved courses every two years to maintain their license. By offering the classes here in Chico, Enloe provides a value to these professionals.

Get With The Guidelines - Stroke Silver Plus Achievement Award

GWTG award

Enloe Medical Center received the 2022 American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines ® - Stroke Silver Plus Achievement Award.

Hospitals receiving Get With The Guidelines® Silver Plus Achievement Award have reached an aggressive goal of treating patients to core standard levels of care as outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association® for one calendar year. In addition, those hospitals have demonstrated compliance to an addition level of heart failure quality during the 12-month period

Additionally, Enloe has received the following recent Get With The Guidelines Achievement Awards: Gold Plus (2020), Target: Stroke Honor Roll and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll (2020). 

Transfusion Services

Enloe’s Transfusion Service has been accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) since 1981. AABB-accredited facilities are responsible for collecting almost all of the U.S. blood supply and transfusing more than 80%. The AABB accreditation process takes place every two years.

The Accreditation Program supports high standards for medical, technical and administrative performance, scientific investigation, clinical application, and education. It assesses quality systems and operational areas. Accreditation is granted for collection, processing, testing, distribution, and administration of blood and blood components, and perioperative activities.

*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.

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