International recognition as a 2013 Baby-Friendly® birth facility awarding NMC for offering breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence, and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.


2016 “A” Top Rating in The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score, a twice-annual survey of more than 2500 hospitals across the nation. The Hospital Safety score grades acute care hospitals on how safe they are for patients.

2016 #1 National Ranking out of 107 Kindred Healthcare Rehabilitation Units for NMC’s Sam Karas Acute Rehabilitation Center receiving top scores for clinical excellence.

2016 Performance Excellence Award in Preventing Injury Falls and Preventing Hospital Acquired Pressure Ulcer by CALNOC (the Collaborative Alliance for Nursing Outcomes), the leading provider of actionable information and research on nursing sensitive quality measures.

2016 Selection as a Blue Distinction® Center for Maternity Care by Anthem Blue Cross signifying that NMC delivers high quality maternity care safely and effectively, based on objective quality measures that represent evidence-based practices of high quality maternity care.

2015 Recognized as a 2014 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States for the following Core Measures:

  • Heart Failure
  • Surgical Care
  • Venous Thromboembolism
  • Perinatal Care

2015 Selection as a Blue Distinction® Center for Bariatric Surgery by Anthem Blue Cross signifying that NMC meets nationally established quality-focused criteria that emphasize patient safety and outcomes.

2013 Award for Sustained Excellence in Reducing Hospital Acquired Pressure Ulcers for 2 consecutive years presented by CALNOC (the Collaborative Alliance for Nursing Outcomes), the leading provider of actionable information and research on nursing sensitive quality indicators.

2013 Selection to join the Always Events® Community and Recognition Program for NMC’s “Know Your Physician” initiative by the Picker Institute, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the principles of
patient-centered care.

2013 America’s Essential Hospitals (formerly the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems) Larry Gage Award for quality-of-care improvements recognizing NMC’s “Know Your Physician” Initiative.

Five-Star Recipient of the 2013 Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award for exceptional performance in bariatric surgery from Healthgrades, a leading online resource that helps consumers search, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals.

Victor Sosa, Natividad Medical Center’s (NMC) Language Access Coordinator selected by the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care (NCIHC) as one of only four 2013 NCIHC Language Access Champions from across the nation.

State & Local

2016 Selection by Smart Care California as 1 of 104 hospitals honored for low C-Section rates.

BETA Healthcare Group, provider of professional liability and risk management services, Award of Excellence eight years in a row (2009 – 2016) for High Quality Obstetrical Practices achieving 100% Compliance. The goal of the OB initiative is to promote best practice in care delivery to moms and babies in BETA’s “Quest for Zero” preventable birth injuries.

2014 Selection as 1 of 33 High Performing Hospitals in Maternity Care in California by the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) measuring four key areas of maternity care: low risk C-section rates, episiotomy rates, rates of exclusive breastfeeding before discharge and VBAC (vaginal birth after C-section) rates.


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