Doernbecher Awards and Recognition

OHSU Doernbecher achieves dual verifications in pediatric surgery/trauma

Leading the way in pediatric care, OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital is among the first five hospitals in the nation to become verified as both a Level 1 Children's Trauma Center and a Level 1 site for Children's Surgery.

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Doernbecher ranked among the nation's best

OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital is tops in six specialties, according to U.S. News & World Report. Learn more

NICU earns gold Beacon Award for Excellence

The neonatal intensive care unit at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital has earned the gold Beacon Award for Excellence. The national award, given in February 2019 by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, recognizes the highest level of patient care and outcomes.

Doernbecher’s NICU is the only one on the West Coast with gold status. That makes it a role model for excellent patient and family care, according to Lisa Riggs, AACN president.

An expert panel scored the NICU in:

  • Leadership structures and systems
  • Staffing and staff engagement
  • Communication and best practices 
  • Evidence-based practices
  • Patient outcomes

OHSU Doernbecher wins top award in Pediatric Safety

OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital was awarded the 2015 Patient Safety and Reduction of Harm Category by the Children's Hospital Association Pediatric Quality. Learn more

TrueNorth award goes to OHSU Doernbecher

The Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI), one of the world's largest specialty nursing certification boards, awarded OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital as the 2016 TrueNorth winner. It recognizes facilities whose "true north" guides the nursing staff to be lifelong learners, models of excellent practice and continuous advocates for superb patient care and nursing practice. Doernbecher Children's Hospital boasts an 89% CNOR certification rate, one of the highest in the nation.

Life-support program earns top designation

Doernbecher Children’s Hospital was again named a Center of Excellence in Life Support in 2019, recognizing the high quality of our ECMO program. We have held this top designation from the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization since 2013.

ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) is a life-sustaining therapy that temporarily takes over for the heart and lungs. A machine adds oxygen to the blood, then pumps it through the body.

The Extracorporeal Life Support Organization recognizes programs for high achievement in:

  • Quality and outcomes
  • Training and education
  • Continuous review and improvement
  • Family education and participation