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CMS 5 Star Overall Hospital Quality Rating

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have ranked WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital as 5 Stars for Overall Hospital Quality. The overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings apply across the country based on each hospitals performance across five quality categories including: mortality, safety or care, readmission, patient experience and timely and effective care.

Leapfrog 'A' Grade Designation

The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents and infections. WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital has earned the highest designation of an 'A' grade.

High Performing by U.S. News and World Report

WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital has met or exceeded the criteria to be designated a high performing provider for 2022-2023 in the treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Heart Failure. The annual Best Hospitals ranking evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 15 specialties and 20 procedures and conditions. Rankings are largely based on objective measures like volume, discharge-to-home rates and quality of nursing.


In 2022, WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital was named as one of America’s 250 Best Hospitals in the country by Healthgrades, an online resource for information about physicians and hospitals.

In addition, WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital was named as a recipient of the following 2023 Specialty Excellence Award for:

  • Coronary Intervention Excellence Award
  • Gastrointestinal Care Excellence Award
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery Excellence Award
  • Critical Care Excellence Award (2022-2023)

Get with the Guidelines

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

  • Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and recognized on the Target: Heart Failure and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll.
  • Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and recognized on the Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll.

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

Money Best Maternity Hospital

In 2022, Money, a personal finance website, partnered with The Leapfrog Group to develop the first Best Maternity Hospital ranking. WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital was ranked among the best maternity hospitals in America, according to Money. Money and The Leapfrog Group used maternity care data from the 2022 Leapfrog Hospital Survey to compile the list of best hospitals. To qualify for the list, eligible hospitals were required to carry an "A" or "B" letter grade on the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assessment for spring 2022 and meet criteria specific to providing maternity care.

Pathway to Excellence Hospital

The American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) has awarded WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital with Pathway to Excellence status. Similar to ANCC's Magnet Program, Pathway to Excellence is designed for smaller hospitals and focuses on the importance of a positive professional environment for nurses and its impact on the quality of care provided to patients.

Gold Level Safe Sleep Facility

WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital is recognized as a Gold Level Safe Sleep facility for its commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep.  As a nationally certified Safe Sleep Hospital, the hospital is recognized by Cribs for Kids for following the safe sleep guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and for providing training programs for healthcare team members and family caregivers.

Keystone 10 Facility

WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital is designated as a Keystone 10 facility, for implementing evidence-based maternity care practices to help improve breastfeeding care and rates, as well as improving the health of new mothers and babies. Keystone 10, administered by the Pa. Department of Health and the Pa. Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, is a quality improvement breastfeeding initiative that began in 2014. It is aimed at improving the protection, promotion, and support of breastfeeding for all Pennsylvania infants, mothers and families.

Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programs Certification

WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital’s Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation programs have been certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). This certification recognizes our commitment to improving the quality of life for patients by enhancing standards of care in these rehabilitation programs.

Det Norske Veritas – Germanischer Lloyd (DNV) Accreditation

WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital has been accredited by DNV since 2019. The accreditation integrates ISO 9001 with the Medicare Conditions of Participation and focuses on addressing the continuum of care and a commitment to quality and safety.

American College of Surgeons Accreditation

The Ephrata Cancer Center at WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital is accredited by the Commission on Cancer (CoC), facilitated by the American College of Surgeons. During the accreditation process the hospital demonstrated compliance with standards which focus on center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education and quality improvement.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Distinction Center

WellSpan Ephrata Community 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 Maternity Care and Knee and Hip Replacement. WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital is also a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care.

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 Ephrata Community Hospital went through a rigorous review of the practices and care to earn the distinction.

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