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Evidence of our commitment to excellence

Huntsville Hospital Health System proudly showcases our systemwide and hospitals’ awards and certifications, demonstrating our collective commitment to excellence and service.

Recognized for Excellence

Huntsville Hospital Health System ranks among the nation’s best employers. Forbes, 2022

Huntsville Hospital

  • Full accreditation by The Joint Commission
  • Named the best hospital in North Alabama, number two hospital in the state and rated “High Performing” in 9 of 15 clinical areas — hip replacement, heart attack, heart failure, heart bypass surgery, colon cancer surgery, uterine cancer surgery, stroke, diabetes and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) — for 2022-23 by U.S. News and World Report
  • Healthgrades recognized Huntsville Hospital for the following clinical achievements:
    • America’s 50 Best Cardiac Surgery for 7 years in a row (2015-2021)
    • Five-Star Distinction for Coronary Bypass Surgery for 14 years in a row (2008-2021)
    • Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award (2014-2021)
    • Five-Star Distinction for Defibrillator Procedures (2020-2021)
    • Five-Star Distinction for Repair of Abdominal Aorta (2021)
    • Five-Star Distinction for Spinal Fusion Surgery for 3 years in a row (2017-2019)
    • Five-Star Distinction for Total Knee Replacement in 2019
  • Certified as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission and the American Heart and Stroke Associations
  • Recognition by the American Heart and Stroke Associations for our implementation of the Get With The Guidelines program in the treatment of stroke, heart attack, heart failure patients and patients who experience in-hospital cardiac arrest

  • Named by Becker’s Review as “One of the Top 100 Hospitals in the Nation with Great Heart Programs”
  • One of two hospitals in Alabama given the highest rating for knee replacement surgery by Consumer Reports magazine
  • Awarded Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Blue Distinction Center+ recognition for cardiac care, knee and hip replacement, spine surgery, bariatric surgery (gastric band and gastric stapling) and maternity care programs
  • American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer® accredited program
  • Perfect scores on the inspections of the Breast Centers at Huntsville Hospital and Madison Hospital
  • Near perfect scores in the evaluation of the Laboratory, one of the largest and most technologically advanced laboratories in the U.S., by the College of American Pathology
  • First in Alabama to be awarded advanced certification with The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) program
  • Named 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare by Beckers Healthcare
  • Earned Huntsville Best Place for Working Parents® business designation from The Best Place for Working Parents®

Athens-Limestone Hospital

  • Joint Commission Certified
  • BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama Tier One Hospital
  • Low readmission rates: Below the national standard
  • Low infection rate
  • Alabama Performance Excellence Tier Two winner
  • BlueCross Blue Shield of Alabama designated Blue Distinction + for knee and hip replacement
  • Healogics Center of Distinction 2020
  • Healogics Clinical Excellence Award 2020
  • Chamber of Commerce Public Service Award 2021

Decatur Morgan Hospital

  • Joint Commission Certified
  • BlueCross Blue Shield of Alabama designated Blue Distinction + for knee and hip replacement and maternity care
  • Sleep Disorders Center accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine

Helen Keller Hospital

  • Joint Commission Certified
  • Center of Distinction Award for the Keller Wound Healing Center from Healogics
  • Designated Blue Distinction + for knee and hip replacement and maternity care by BlueCross Blue Shield of Alabama
  • Sepsis treatment program received Joint Commission certification
  • Top 7 Hospitals in Alabama for Patient Experience by Becker’s Review

Highlands Medical Center

  • Joint Commission Certified
  • Rated 4-star in quality by Medicare (
  • 89% of our Emergency Room patients rated their experience as “good or very good” according to Press Ganey.

Lincoln Medical Center

  • Emergency Medical Services program was surveyed with no recommendations for improvement.
  • Chest Pain program was recertified by the Joint Commission and had no requirements for improvement.
  • Home Health agency is recognized as a National Best Practice Agency
  • Pharmacy Department had no findings on its inspection by the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy’s Institutional Compliance

Marshall Medical Centers

  • Joint Commission Certified
  • Marshall Medical Center North had the lowest cesarean birth rate of any hospital in the state in 2020, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health
  • Wound Healing Center earned a fifth consecutive Center of Excellence Award