Awards & Recognitions

Level 1 Regional Resource Trauma Center

WellSpan York Hospital is accredited as a Level 1 Regional Resource Trauma Center by the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation. It serves more than 650,000 people in York, Adams and Franklin counties, and is capable of addressing any kind of trauma 24 hours a day, seven days a week. WellSpan York Hospital’s Level 1 Trauma Center is one of only two in south central Pennsylvania, and one of 15 in the commonwealth. In 2010, the trauma center cared for 2,090 patients. 


Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

After an expansion in 2018, WellSpan York Hospital NICU now houses 44 beds, making it the largest in southcentral Pennsylvania. The change allows for increased capacity of round-the-clock specialty care. Level 3 NICUs can care for newborn infants with extreme prematurity or who are critically ill or require surgical intervention.


Joint Commission Accreditation

Accreditation for the Joint Commission means meeting or exceeding specific standards relating to quality of care, treatment and services. WellSpan York Hospital maintains an accreditation from the Joint Commission. The hospital has also been awarded a Gold Seal of Approval certification for both the Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center and Ventricular Assist Device.  


Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center

WellSpan York Hospital has been certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, meaning that the hospital has met standards for treating the most complex stroke cases and is ready 24/7 to deliver advance stroke care to patients. WellSpan York Hospital is the only WellSpan facility in York, Adams, Lancaster and Lebanon counties with neuroendovascular surgery capabilities and to have earned Comprehensive Stroke Center certification, making it the regional referral center for stroke care.


Get with the Guidelines

WellSpan York Hospital has achieved the following from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s Get with the Guidelines (GWTG) awards:

  • Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement award
  • Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement award
  • Resuscitation Gold Quality Achievement award
  • Special recognition on the Target: Stroke of Honor Roll Elite

The GWTG awards recognize the hospital meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke and heart-care-related patients.


Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Distinction Center

WellSpan York Hospital has been recognized for delivering high-quality, effective and cost-efficient specialty care by Blue Cross Blue Shield. Meeting specific quality standards has provided the hospital with the opportunity to become a Blue Distinction Center for the following service lines:

  • Comprehensive Bariatric Surgery
  • Maternity Care
  • Cardiac Care

Life Support Award

The Extracorporeal Life Support Organization has awarded WellSpan York Hospital with a Gold Level ELSO Excellence in Life Support Award. The award recognizes centers that demonstrate an exceptional commitment to evidence-based processes and quality measures, staff training and continuing education, patient satisfaction and ongoing clinical care. As of 2019, WellSpan York Hospital was the only provider awarded this distinction between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.


High Performing by U.S. News and World Report

WellSpan York Hospital has met or exceeded the criteria to be designated a high performing provider in the treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Colon Cancer Surgery and Heart Failure.


Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care Chest Pain Center

WellSpan York Hospital has been designated as a Chest Pain Center with Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention and Resuscitation. The accreditation is multifaceted and examines early stabilization, acute care and community outreach. As of 2019, WellSpan York Hospital was one of 4 hospitals in the state to earn the accreditation.


Comprehensive Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Center

The Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program is overseen by the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. WellSpan York hospital went through a rigorous review of the practices and care to earn the distinction.


Apex Recognition Award

The American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC) named WellSpan York Hospital one of only 12 acute care hospitals in the country to receive the Apex Recognition Award. The award recognizes hospitals that promote patient safety and demonstrate a commitment to excellence in respiratory care.


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