Awards and Recognition

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Honor Douglas County Hospital with prestigous 5-Star Designation

Douglas County Hospital has been recognized by CMS as a 5 star hospital.  DCH is one of only eight hospitals out of the 133 hospitals in the state to receive this tremendous distinction.

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US News & World Report Honors Douglas County Hospital with "High Performing Hospital" Ranking

The U.S. News analysis of hospitals includes data from nearly 5,000 centers across multiple clinical specialties, procedures and conditions. Scores are based on a variety of patient outcome and care-related factors, such as patient safety and nurse staffing. Hospitals are ranked nationally in specialties and regionally in states and major metro areas. Douglas County Hospital achieved the highest rating possible in hip replacement surgery.


Douglas County Hospital is one of Nation’s Top 100 

For the second time, Douglas County Hospital has been named one of the nation's Top 100 Hospitals. We do not apply for this award, but are selected from over 3,000 hospitals nationwide.  This award is based on best performance across the whole hospital in the areas of: patient outcomes, patient safety, patient satisfaction, efficiency and financial stablilty. The hospital was previously honored in 2002.


Douglas County Hospital is currently accredited by Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP).  HFAP was founded by the American Osteopathic Association and is nationally recognized by the federal government, state governments, insurance carriers and managed care organizations.  HFAP conducts accreditation surveys of acute care hospitals, ambulatory care and surgery centers, mental health, and physical rehabilitation facilities.

For more information about Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) visit:

Douglas County Hospital is a member of the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA).  MHA's vision is to be a leader in health-care policy, advocacy, and an educational resource for members.  Douglas County Hospital is an active participant in the various events and initiatives provided by MHA which are designed to promote the delivery of quality and safe patient care.

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Other Recognitions

  • Douglas County Hospital Sleep Center received 5 year accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine

  • Minnesota Hospital Assocaition Partnership for Patients Excellence Award for reaching superior level of performance through Hospital Engagement Network 2016

  • Recieved "A" safety rating from the Leapfrog Group 2017

  • Level III Trauma Designation/Redesignation* - 2009, 2012 & 2015

  • Minnesota Department of Health Acute Stroke Ready Hospital designation 2015

  • Named Top Performing Rural Hospital by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health 2016

  • Rated one of the Top Fourteen Hospitals in Minnesota for Safe Surgery by Consumer Reports - 2013

  • Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement by Blue Cross and Blue Shield - 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016

  • Top 10% in the State: Joint Replacement Medical Excellence Award by CareChex - 2011, 2012, 2013

  • Top 10% in the Nation: Joint Replacement Medical Excellence Award by CareChex - 2011, 2012, 2013

  • Medicare Rural Referred Center

  • Laboratory HFAP Accreditation (Two Year Award) - 2008, 2010, 2012, 2015 & 2017

  • Top 100 in the Nation: Joint Replacement Patient Safety Award by CareChex - 2012

  • Minnesota Department of Health Licensed DCH for 127 beds, set up and staffed for 99 beds - 2012

  • Top 10% in the Nation: Joint Replacement Patient Safety Award by CareChex - 2011 & 2012

  • Top 10% in the State: Joint Replacement Patient Safety Award by CareChex - 2011 & 2012

  • Top 100 in the Nation: Joint Replacement Medical Excellence by CareChex - 2011

  • Commission on Cancer Accreditation with Outstanding Acheivement Award - 2011

  • #1 in State for Joint Replacement Medical Excellence by CareChex - 2011

  • Excellence in Birth Registration Award from Minnesota Department of Health - 2011

  • Marshall Steele Orthopedic Joint Replacement Program established in 2007

  • Sole Community Hospital Status in 2006

  • Named top 100 Hospitals in the Nation by Thomson Reuters - 2002 and 2008

  • Hospital Earns Four Patient Safety Excellence Awards

  • Certification by Commission on Cancer**

*"DCH is a jewel in the state-wide trauma system." Busiest Level III in Minnesota

**Eleven exemplary citations (the maximum possible)

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