Awards and Recognition

Upper Valley Medical Center (UVMC) has received many awards and recognitions that demonstrate our commitment to excellence, to our patients, and to our employees.


U.S. News & World Report

Upper Valley Medical Center achieved a “high performing” designation from U.S. News & World Report in the following area in 2022:

  • Kidney failure

Upper Valley Medical Center Receives 2022 Get With The Guidelines - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement AwardGWTG-GoldPlus-Stroke_350x350

Upper Valley Medical Center has received the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s 2022 Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospitals’ commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence from the American Heart Association (AHA). Additionally, Upper Valley Medical Center also received the 2022 Target: Stroke Honor Roll, receiving this recognition for meeting quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA.


Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award

UVMC has earned Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™ for five years in a row (2017-2021). This places UVMC in the top ten percent nationally for patient safety (2017-2021) and in the top five percent nationally (2017-2018). Healthgrades is an independent national provider of health care quality information which develops and markets quality and safety ratings of health care providers.

Healthgrades Five Star Rankings

Upper Valley Medical Center has received five-star rankings from Healthgrades in the areas of:

  • Colorectal Surgeries (2021-2022)
  • Treatment of Pneumonia (2018)
  • Treatment of Sepsis (2016-2018)
  • Treatment of Stroke (2021)
  • Treatment of Heart Attack (2019)
  • Esophageal/Stomach Surgeries for three years in a row (2019-2021)
  • Treatment of GI Bleed for three years in a row (2020-2022)

Wound Care and Hyperbaric Services National Awards

The Wound Care Center and Hyperbaric Services at Upper Valley Medical Center was recognized with a national award for clinical excellence in 2017-2019. The Center of Distinction Award was presented by Healogics, the nation's leading and largest wound care management company. The Center was also honored with the Healogics President's Circle Award. The awards recognize outstanding clinical outcomes for 12 consecutive months, including patient satisfaction higher than 92 percent, and a wound healing rate of at least 91 percent in less than 31 median days.

Miami County Reader's Choice – Best Medical Facility

The readers of the Miami Valley Today in Miami County select their choices for top organizations in a variety of categories. From 2012-2019, Upper Valley Medical Center has been voted Best Medical Facility by the Miami County community.

YWCA of Piqua Women of Excellence

2017 – The Women of Excellence program, established by the YWCA in 1997, recognizes women and young women who reside in, are employed, or active in Miami County and have distinguished themselves in their careers and/or in civic and community activities. Ruth Jenkins, past president / member of the executive committee of the UVMC Foundation Board, was honored with this award in 2017. Others from UVMC who have receive the distinction include Jean Heath, nursing director, in 2006; Becky Rice, president and CEO, in 2016; and Nancy Bowman, communications specialist, in 2016.

VHA Leadership for Clinical Excellence in Cardiac Care

Upper Valley Medical Center (UVMC) received a Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence from VHA Inc. This national health care alliance honors hospitals for meeting or exceeding national performance standards for clinical care in specific areas. UVMC won the award for its efforts in treatment for heart attack patients and treatment for congestive heart failure.

UVMC Long Term Care Center Recognized

UVMC's SpringMeade Health Center has been recognized as a recipient of the Bronze Commitment to Quality award for its dedication to improving the lives of residents through improved quality care. The award is one of three distinctions possible through the National Quality Award program, presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL). The program honors facilities across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality care for seniors and individuals with disabilities.

Accreditations and Designations


Premier Health First in Ohio, Second in Nation to Achieve System-Wide Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation

June 2020 – Premier Health is the first health system in Ohio and second in the nation to achieve system-wide Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation (GEDA). This distinction from the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) recognizes emergency departments that provide excellent care for older adults. The bronze standard Level 3 Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation applies to Atrium Medical Center in Middletown (which was accredited in October 2019), Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Miami Valley Hospital Austin Boulevard Emergency Center in Miamisburg, Miami Valley Hospital Jamestown Emergency Center in Jamestown, Miami Valley Hospital North in Englewood, Miami Valley Hospital South in Centerville, and Upper Valley Medical Center in Troy.

UVMC Cancer Care Center Awarded Accreditation With Commendation

Upper Valley Medical Center's Cancer Care program has received Accreditation with Commendation from The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons. The accreditation, good for three years, was awarded following an extensive onsite evaluation which includes eight areas of programming activity and evaluation on 36 standards. CoC accreditation ensures a patient they will have access to: comprehensive care; a multi-specialty team approach to coordinate treatment options; information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options; access to cancer-related information, education and support; a cancer registry collecting data on type and stages of cancers and treatment results and lifelong patient follow up; ongoing monitoring of care; and quality care close to home. Learn more about the Commission on Cancer.

Primary Stroke Center

Upper Valley Medical Center has earned Primary Stroke Center status from The Joint Commission. The Gold Seal of Approval® Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Center was awarded to UVMC based on continuous compliance with stringent performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.

Primary Stroke Center Certification recognizes health care organizations that provide clinical programs across the continuum of care for stroke. The certification evaluates how organizations use clinical outcomes and performance measures to identify opportunities to improve care, as well as to educate and prepare patients and their caregivers for discharge.

Premier Health hospitals are recognized by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for excellence in patient stroke care and outcomes. 


Joint Commission Top Performer

Upper Valley Medical Center was recognized as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission. The recognition is based on exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions. UVMC was recognized for quality measures in the areas of heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. The Joint Commission is an accreditor of health care organizations across the county.

Internal Awards

The DAISY Award

Premier Health is pleased to recognize our nurses with the DAISY Award, a national program that honors the compassionate care and clinical expertise our nurses bring to patients every day. Learn more.

Everyday Heroes Award

Premier Health is pleased to celebrate the dedicated staff that provide outstanding support to nurses. These individuals are our Everyday Heroes. Learn more.