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Recent Awards

Dickinson County Healthcare has proudly been recognized as one of the best healthcare organizations in the nation year after year. We could not do it without the incredible support of our staff and trust of our community. 

2019 Top Rural Hospital

Widely acknowledged as the most prestigious distinction a hospital can receive, the Top Rural Hospital award recognizes a hospital’s commitment to excellence in patient safety and quality.

The Top Hospital designation is awarded by The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog organization.

DCH is one of 18 hospitals in the United States to be named on the list and one of two in the Upper Peninsula.


2019 Leapfrog Grade A

Dickinson County Healthcare (DCH) was awarded an ‘A’ in fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing DCH’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to all general hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care. Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. 


2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Award™

The Patient Safety Excellence Award™ recognizes hospitals for how well they prevent infections, medical errors, and other complications based on 14 serious, potentially preventable adverse events. Patients receiving care at Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient hospitals have, on average, a lower risk of experiencing patient safety events.


2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 Pulmonary Care Excellence Award™ 

The Pulmonary Care Excellence Award™ recognizes hospitals for superior outcomes in treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pneumonia. Patients who receive COPD or pneumonia treatment at these nationally recognized hospitals have a lower risk of dying.


2016 Gastrointestinal Care Excellence Award™

The Gastrointestinal Care Excellence Award™ recognizes hospitals for superior outcomes in bowel obstruction treatment, colorectal surgeries, gallbladder removal, esophageal/stomach surgeries, treatment of gastrointestinal bleeds, treatment for pancreatitis, and small intestine surgeries. Patients who have these treatments or surgeries at      these nationally recognized hospitals have a lower risk of dying or experiencing a complication during their hospital                                       stay. 


In 2018 and 2019 Dickinson County Healthcare was recognized as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditation agency of health care organizations in the United States.


The Journey to Excellence program was initiated throughout Dickinson County Healthcare in both hospital and clinics approximately one year ago.  This comprehensive customer service program sets service standards for all employees and systematically trains staff in engagement techniques and the proper treatment of patients so their healthcare experience is as pleasant as possible.


Dickinson County Healthcare received the Michigan Alliance for Innovation in Maternal Health (MI AIM) Gold Star Award in 2019.  MI AIM Gold Star designation recognizes a commitment to improving overall maternal health outcomes. Implementation of the AIM Obstetric Hemorrhage and Severe Hypertension in Pregnancy safety bundles, the DCH OB Department works with other hospitals throughout Michigan to improve the health outcomes. We do this by fully equipping clinical staff in labor and delivery units with the education, equipment, protocols and hands-on training they need to prevent maternal death and to diagnose and treat severe, life-threatening complications that can occur during labor and delivery.