Munson Medical Center Awards & Recognition

At Munson Medical Center, it's all about our patients. We keep the patient at the center of all we do. The people we are here to help – our patients – are also our family, friends, and neighbors. We are privileged to serve them when they are having their best day, or their worst.

The dedication of everyone at Munson Medical Center has resulted in consistent national recognition for quality care. We will continue to improve, innovate and excel, because enhancing the quality of health and wellness in our community remains our constant focus. Munson Medical Center's reputation for the highest quality care is backed by repeated national recognition.

Nationally Recognized Care Delivered Locally

The American Nurses Credentialing Center has redesignated Munson Medical Center as a Magnet Hospital for the third consecutive time. MMC was first designated in 2006. MMC is one of just two percent of hospitals in the world and one of two hospitals in Michigan that has been redesignated for a third time.

Magnet designation recognizes excellence in patient care standards, respect of cultural and ethnic diversity, leadership of the nurse administrator in supporting professional nursing practice, and the management and philosophy of nursing services. Magnet hospitals are known to have the highest quality of patient care, high levels of patient satisfaction, lower vacancy and turnover rates for registered nurse positions, and higher rates of job satisfaction.


Munson Medical Center is fully accredited by The Joint Commission and has earned the Gold Seal of Approval™, an internationally-recognized symbol of health care quality. 

The accreditation process drives quality care and patient safety improvements through nationally recognized evidence-based standards which address critical patient safety and quality issues, National Patient Safety Goals, and performance measures which provide a foundation for quality. 


The Joint Commission, along with the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association has also certified Munson Medical Center as a Primary Stroke Center since 2012 for meeting all critical elements of performance to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients. Certification recognizes hospitals that have a dedicated stroke-focused program, are staffed by qualified medical professionals trained in stroke care, involve the patient in their hospital care, and who use data to assess and continually improve quality of care for stroke patients.


Munson Medical Center is rated four stars by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The rating summarizes up to 64 quality measures on the Hospital Compare web site reflecting common conditions that hospitals treat, such as heart attacks or pneumonia. Hospitals may perform more complex services or procedures not reflected in the measures on Hospital Compare. The overall rating shows how well each hospital performed, on average, compared to other hospitals in the U.S. 


Munson Medical Center is recognized as as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Cardiac Care* by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan for demonstrating its expertise in delivering safe and effective cardiac care, focusing on cardiac valve surgery, coronary artery bypass graft, and percutaneous coronary interventions. 


Munson Medical Center is recognized as a Blue Distinction Centers+ for Maternity Care* by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan for meeting outlined quality measures evidence-based practices, as well as overall patient satisfaction.


Munson Medical Center's orthopedic program is recognized as a Blue Distinction Centers+ for Knee and Hip Replacement* by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan for demonstrating expertise in total knee and total hip replacement surgeries, resulting in fewer patient complications and hospital readmissions. 

* Blue Distinction Centers (BDC) met overall quality measures for patient safety and outcomes, developed with input from the medical community. A Local Blue Plan may require additional criteria for facilities located in its own service area; for details, contact your Local Blue Plan. Blue Distinction Centers+ (BDC+) also met cost measures that address consumers' need for affordable healthcare. Each facility's cost of care is evaluated using data from its Local Blue Plan. Facilities in CA, ID, NY, PA, and WA may lie in two Local Blue Plans' areas, resulting in two evaluations for cost of care; and their own Local Blue Plans decide whether one or both cost of care evaluation(s) must meet BDC+ national criteria. National criteria for BDC and BDC+ are displayed on www.bcbs.com. Individual outcomes may vary. For details on a provider's in-network status or your own policy's coverage, contact your Local Blue Plan and ask your provider before making an appointment. Neither Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association nor any Blue Plans are responsible for non-covered charges or other losses or damages resulting from Blue Distinction or other provider finder information or care received from Blue Distinction or other providers.  


Munson Medical Center's stroke program is repeatedly recognized by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association for high quality care. In 2017, the hospital was once again recognized with both the Gold Plus Achievement and Elite Honor Roll recognition in the national association’s Get with the Guidelines® quality improvement program.


The American College of Surgeons reverified Munson Medical Center as a Level II Trauma Center in 2015.  It is the only Level II facility in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula and was first verified in 2006.


Munson Medical Center’s Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation Program was re-certified in 2015 by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation for meeting the highest standards for cardiovascular rehabilitation care. Certified programs are recognized as the national leaders in cardiovascular rehabilitation. 


 Munson Medical Center has been named a Most Wired hospital in seven out of the eight years the list has been published, including, 2011 (Small & Rural), 2012 (Most Improved) and 2013 - 2017. 


In 2016, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses conferred a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence on MMC’s A2 cardiothoracic nursing unit in the Webber Heart Center. The nursing staff of A4 Webber Heart Center won the same award in 2014. 

The Beacon Award for Excellence recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six standards for a healthy work environment. Units that achieve this three-year, three-level award with gold, silver, and bronze designations meet national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award, and the National Quality Healthcare Award.


MMC is accredited by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons for our adherence to recommended national treatment guidelines and services available to our patients. CoC accreditation is nationally recognized by organizations such as The Joint Commission, American Cancer Society, and National Cancer Institute as having established performance measures for the provision of high-quality cancer care.


MMC and the surgeons from Grand Traverse Surgery, PC, are fully accredited as a Comprehensive Center for weight loss surgery through the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program, administered jointly by the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

The program accredits inpatient and outpatient bariatric surgery centers in the United States and Canada that have undergone an independent, voluntary, and rigorous peer evaluation in accordance with nationally recognized bariatric surgical standards. Bariatric surgery accreditation not only promotes uniform standard benchmarks, but also supports continuous quality improvement.


Munson Medical Center was named by Becker's Hospital Review to its list of 100 Hospitals with Great Heart Programs in 2016. 


Our Smith Family Breast Health Center is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). The three-year recognition is a program of the American College of Surgeons. The NAPBC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to the improvement of the quality of care and monitoring of outcomes of patients with disease of the breast. Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation and review of their performance.

The Center has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology since 2010.


Munson Medical Center was in the national spotlight in 2008 after being singled out from among all of the nation’s 5,000 hospitals for the prestigious the American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize™. MMC was honored for being the best in the nation for its leadership and innovation in quality, patient safety, and strong commitment to outstanding patient care. University of Michigan Hospitals and Health System was runner-up.