About Christiana Care


Christiana Care is continually recognized for excellence on a regional and national level. These are some of our recent awards.

Society of Thoracic Surgeons Three-Star Rating

Christiana Care’s Center for Heart & Vascular Health has been awarded the highest national ranking—three stars—from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons for 2009. The STS comprehensive rating system compares the quality of cardiac surgery among hospitals across the country. Only 11.7 percent of hospitals nationwide received this year’s STS three-star rating.

US News & World Report Best Hospital

In its annual Best Hospital edition, US News & World Report places Christiana Care’s Department of Medicine and Department of Surgery among the top 50 listings in 2 specialties – Gastroenterology and Urology.

Nursing Magnet recognition

In 2010, Christiana Care Health System achieved Magnet® recognition for excellence in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Only 6 percent of the nation’s hospitals have earned this honor, the highest level of national recognition to health care organizations that demonstrate sustained excellence in nursing care. Christiana Care is the only hospital in Delaware to achieve Magnet status. The Magnet Recognition Program® honors health care organizations that demonstrate excellence in nursing practice and adherence to national standards for the organization and delivery of nursing services. Applicants undergo a rigorous evaluation process that includes a multi-day site visit by Magnet nurse appraisers to review nursing services. Research shows there are clear benefits to hospitals that receive Magnet status and to the communities they serve in consumer confidence, recruitment and retention and in maintaining quality of care. Magnet recognition is maintained for four years. During that period, the ANCC monitors facilities to ensure high standards of care continue to remain.

Partners for Change Award for Environmental Stewardship

Christiana and Wilmington hospitals both received the Partners for Change with Distinction Award from Practice Greenhealth in recognition of Christiana Care’s comprehensive environmental stewardship program and leadership role in both the community and health care sector.

Quality Respiratory Care Recognition

Christiana Care has been named by The American Association for Respiratory Care as a Quality Respiratory Care Recognition Program for 2010. Only 700 hospitals out of the 5,000 in the U.S. are named a Quality Respiratory Care institution.

Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence

The Medical Intensive Care Unit at Christiana Care is the recipient of a spring 2009 Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence, one of only 35 hospitals nationwide and the first in Delaware to achieve the honor. The award from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses recognizes units that achieve the highest standards in patient outcome, nurse recruitment and retention, staff training and a healthy work environment.

Top 100 in nursing satisfaction

Christiana Care rates among the top 100 places to work in a 2009 Nursing Professionals survey. The magazine bases its ranking on a job satisfaction survey sent to 25,000 randomly selected hospital nurses throughout the country in 2008.

Training Top 125

In 2012, the Christiana Care Learning Institute joined the Training Magazine list of the top 125 training organizations in the nation and in 2013, the Learning Institute moved up the list, all the way into the top 25. The Training Top 125 award recognizes excellence in employer-sponsored training and development programs and in maximizing human capital. The Christiana Care Learning Institute ranking for 2012 was #60 and for 2013, #22. Christiana Care is the only health system ranked in the top 25.

Best In Business

For the sixth consecutive year, the News Journal named Christiana Care a Best in the Business employer in 2009, an honor based on employee surveys from 97 companies in Delaware. Christiana Care is one of only 15 large employers honored.

Consumer Choice Award

Every year since the Consumer Choice Award began in 1996, Christiana Care has been the most-preferred among health care providers in the Delaware market area, based on a National Research Corporation survey of 200,000 area households.

Top 100 for Community Value

Christiana Hospital has been recognized as one of the top 100 hospitals for community value in the nation by Cleverley + Associates as part of its Community Value Leadership Awards. Cleverley, a health care data and consulting services firm, ranks the top 100 hospitals each year based on financial viability and plant reinvestment, hospital cost and charge structure, and quality performance. Christiana Hospital also earned recognition as a Community Value Five-Star Hospital for 2010 for placing in the top 20 percent of all hospitals nationwide.

Ernest A. Codman Award

In 2007, Christiana Care received the prestigious Ernest A. Codman Award, recognizing the dramatic improvements we made in recognizing and promptly treating serious sepsis infections. Christiana Care was one of only four among America’s 7,569 hospitals to receive the award.

Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval

Christiana Care Health Services is the recipient of the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval, based on an unannounced on-site survey. The seal is proof of our organization-wide dedication to providing quality care for our neighbors.