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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 for 2022-2023 in the treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Colon Cancer Surgery, Diabetes, Heart Attack, Kidney Failure, Stroke, Heart Failure and Lung Cancer Surgery. 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 addition, U.S. News & World Report has named WellSpan York Hospital as 2022-2023 High Performing hospital for Maternity Care (Uncomplicated Pregnancy). This is the highest award a hospital can earn for U.S. News’ Best Hospitals for Maternity Care.

Leapfrog 'B' 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 York Hospital has earned the designation of a 'B' grade.

CMS 4 Star Overall Hospital Quality Rating

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have ranked WellSpan York Hospital as 4 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.


For the past three years (2021-2023) WellSpan York Hospital has been 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 York Hospital was named as a recipient of the following 2023 Specialty Excellence Award for:

  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care Award (2022-2023)
  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Gastrointestinal Care Award
  • Neurosciences Excellence Award (2022-2023)
  • Stroke Care Excellence Award (2021-2023)
  • Gastrointestinal Care Excellence Award
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery Excellence Award

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 three in south central Pennsylvania, and one of 15 in the commonwealth.

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.

Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery

WellSpan York Hospital has been designated a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery from Surgical Review Corporation. We are the first healthcare facility in south central Pennsylvania to receive this accreditation meeting national standards of providing high quality, safe and effective surgical care.

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 for 2022:

  • Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and recognized on the Target: Heart Failure and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll.
  • Resuscitation Gold Quality Achievement Award for the Adult Population Age Group.
  • Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and recognized on the Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll and Target: Stroke Advanced Therapy Award.

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

Gold Level Safe Sleep Facility

WellSpan York 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 York 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.

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

AARC Apex Recognition Award

WellSpan York Hospital’s respiratory care department was named the recipient of a 2021-2022 AARC Apex Recognition Award. The award recognizes the department as having demonstrated best practices in the profession and promoted patient safety by providing access to respiratory therapists to deliver their care. WellSpan York Hospital is one of just 15 acute care hospitals in the country to receive the award. The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) developed the Apex Recognition Award in 2017 to recognize respiratory care departments that exhibit high quality of 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.

American College of Cardiology (ACC) 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.

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