Awards and Recognition

Recognition can come in the form of awards, accreditation, certification or designations of excellence – all of which can help patients and families identify quality care. We are proud to have received recognition for many of our programs and services. Below are some recent highlights.


Lake Regional Hospital has been recognized as one of the nation’s top 49 hospitals for low rates of serious medical complications for inpatients. For reference, the national average rate for the ratio of serious complications to discharges is 0.81. Lake Regional Hospital achieved a serious medical complication to discharge ratio of 0.48, placing Lake Regional at No. 40 on the national list. Becker’s published a list of the nation’s 49 hospitals with the lowest proportion of serious medical errors per hospital discharge.



Five Lake Regional specialty clinics — Lake Regional Arthritis and Rheumatism; Lake Regional Cardiology; Lake Regional General Surgery; Lake Regional Obstetrics and Gynecology; and Lake Regional Orthopedics — have each received recognition as a Patient-Centered Specialty Practice from the National Committee for Quality Assurance Recognition. Earning NCQA Recognition shows that these Lake Regional specialty clinics have undergone a rigorous review of their capabilities and are committed to communication, coordination and providing access to care. Recognition signals to primary care practices that these Lake Regional specialty clinics are ready to be effective partners in caring for patients. The clinics each received Level III recognition, the highest awarded by the NCQA.


Lake Regional Hospital is one of only 20 Missouri hospitals and one of only 1,043 hospitals in the United States to achieve distinction from The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® for 2015 (based on 2014 data). This achievement demonstrates our commitment to assuring that evidence-based interventions are delivered safely and effectively, thereby increasing the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions. Learn more about The Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® award.



 Lake Regional Hospital is a recipient of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor RollSM Elite Plus. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. Lake Regional Hospital earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.



At Lake Regional Health System, quality is defined as a comprehensive look at all aspects of a patient's experience. Lake Regional is a three-time recipient of the Missouri Quality Award (2013, 2010 and 2003). This prestigious honor, given by the Excellence in Missouri Foundation, is the official state recognition program for excellence in organizational performance and applying quality principles.


Lake Regional Health System programs that have earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for accreditation include the hospital, home health and, clinical laboratory. The Joint Commission establishes one of the highest standards for safety and quality care for patients. Learn more about the quality of care at Lake Regional.

In 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recognized Lake Regional Health System for its extremely low rates of an infection common in intensive care units. From July 2011 to December 2014, zero central line-associated bloodstream infections occurred in Lake Regional’s intensive care unit. Learn more about Lake Regional's efforts to prevent central line infections.

Lake Regional Cancer Center is accredited with gold-level commendation by the Community Hospital Cancer Program from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. Accreditation is granted only to facilities that have voluntarily committed to provide the best in cancer diagnosis and treatment and comply with established CoC standards.Learn more about cancer care at Lake Regional.

Lake Regional Cancer Center was the only cancer program in all of Missouri to earn this award for 2014 and one of just 75 award recipients nationwide. Learn more about Lake Regional Cancer Center's, CoC Outstanding Achievement Award.

Our Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation program has again earned certification from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Learn more about Lake Regional Cardiac Rehabilitation services.

Lake Regional Home Health is licensed and certified by Medicare/Medicaid to provide intermittent skilled care to homebound patients in Camden, Miller and, parts of Morgan counties. Learn more about Lake Regional Home Health Care services.

Lake Regional’s Laboratory department is accredited by The Joint Commission and certified by the CLIA. The lab is staffed by board-certified pathologists, certified medical technologists, medical technicians, histotechnicians and, phlebotomists. Learn more about Lake Regional Laboratory services.

Midwest Transplant Network honored Lake Regional Health System with the Excellence in Donation Award in 2014. Lake Regional honors all patient requests to donate organs and tissue upon death and has processes in place to identify donors. Learn more about the Midwest Transplant Network Excellence in Donation Award.

In 2015, Lake Regional was named one of the most wired health care organizations in the nations. The honor is based on the 17th annual HealthCare’s Most Wired Survey, released by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. Learn more about Lake Regional's Most Wired award.

All seven of Lake Regional’s primary care clinics have earned national recognition for high-quality, patient-centered care. The patient-centered medical home model helps patients keep up with preventive care and manage chronic conditions, so they are sick less often. Learn more about Lake Regional Primary Care Clinics.

Lake Regional Health System received Saving Sight’s Excellence in Eye Donation Award in 2015. This honor recognizes the hospital for achievements in providing the gift of sight to those needing a transplant. Learn more about the Saving Sight Excellence in Donation Award.

The Lake Regional Family Birth Center has earned designation as a  “Show Me 5” Hospital from the Missouri Department of Health and  Senior Services. The “Show Me 5” Hospital Initiative is to encourage breastfeeding and foster breastfeeding longevity. Learn more about Lake Regional Family Birth Center's designation as a "Show Me 5" Hospital.