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2011 Accreditations & Awards

Designated as Baby Friendly
St. Jude has been designated as Baby Friendly, joining only 5 percent of hospitals in the nation to hold this designation. Baby Friendly, USA is a non-profit organization that implements the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) in the U.S. The BFHI, sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding. Being a Baby-Friendly hospital means that St. Jude is committed to providing comprehensive support and education for breastfeeding mothers and their infants.

Providing the highest level of quality cancer care
St. Jude Medical Center continues to distinguish itself as a leader in cancer care and has earned a three-year Accreditation with Commendation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC). Accreditation by the CoC is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. Out of the 1,500 nationally CoC approved programs, less than half achieved the survey commendation level.

Physicians of Excellence
More than 40 physicians from St. Jude Medical Center were named by the Orange County Medical Association as Physicians of Excellence for their achievements.

"3 star" rating for Coronary Artery Bypass Graft
St. Jude Medical Center's Cardiac Services received a "3 star" rating for Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) procedures, the highest possible ranking, from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). Developed to provide a comprehensive nationwide system of cardiac surgery performance, only 13 percent of hospitals in the U.S. receive the "3 star" designation.

Breast Center Receives Level One Certification
The St. Jude Kathryn T. McCarty Breast Center has again received this prestigious certification from the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program (NQMBC), which tracks and measures quality performance in more than 30 indicators, from appointment scheduling and needle biopsy to surgical treatment and pathology results and more. The NQMBC is part of the National Consortium of Breast Centers.

Primary Stroke Center
The Joint Commission designated St. Jude Medical Center as a Primary Stroke Center, a nationally recognized achievement which honors those hospitals that meet its exacting standards for the treatment of stroke and make exceptional efforts to foster better patient outcomes