Sat, July 20

2012: VVMC makes ‘100 Great Community Hospitals’ list

Verde Valley Medical Center has been listed as one of the “100 Great Community Hospitals” in the U.S. by Becker’s Hospital Review. It is one of only three hospitals in Arizona to make the prestigious list.

VVMC was recognized by Becker’s for its demonstrated commitment to the health of the community through clinical excellence, community involvement and various other efforts. VVMC was compared against other hospitals in the U.S. with fewer than 550 beds and minimal teaching programs.

“This is an incredible honor and true testament to the quality-driven, patient-focused healthcare we provide to our patients and community,” said James Bleicher, M.D., VVMC President/CEO. “Being part of this distinguished list demonstrates VVMC’s commitment to provide exceptional care to our patients while working to transform the health of the communities we serve. It also proves the commitment of all the staff and physicians in making VVMC one of the best hospitals in the U.S.”

Becker’s Hospital Review is a nationally recognized organization that reviews and analyzes hospital information, recognitions and rankings from a variety of sources including HealthGrades, American Nurses Credentialing Center, Thomson Reuters and others.

In addition to receiving national recognition by Becker’s, VVMC has received other notable rankings and awards in the last several years including:

• U.S. News and World Report – A Best Regional Hospital

• Arizona Quality Alliance – Showcase in Excellence Award to VVMC’s Joint Replacement Program

• Arizona Nurses Association – Employer Excellence Award

• American Heart Association – Get with the Guidelines gold and silver awards for multiple years in the areas of treating stroke, heart attack and congestive heart failure patients

• Professional Research Consultants – Platinum, gold, silver, 5-star and 4-star awards for 11 consecutive years for customer service and quality of care

From a small outpatient clinic in 1939, Verde Valley Medical Center in Cottonwood has grown into a full-service, 99-bed, nonprofit hospital serving North Central Arizona. Four locations – Cottonwood, Sedona, Village of Oak Creek and Camp Verde – serve the Verde Valley and surrounding communities. More than 800 professional and support staff are employed at VVMC; the medical staff is comprised of nearly 100 physicians representing 25 medical specialties.

VVMC is licensed by the State of Arizona and accredited by DNV Healthcare, the newest hospital accreditation organization deemed by Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services to accredit hospitals.

VVMC is a member of Northern Arizona Healthcare, which also serves patients through Flagstaff Medical Center, Heart & Vascular Center of Northern Arizona, Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona, and Northern Arizona Homecare and Hospice.

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