2014 Accreditations & Awards Health Net Honor Roll St. Jude Medical Center has been recognized for its ongoing efforts to achieve outstanding quality and patient safety. Physicians of Excellence Forty-six members of SJMC's medical staff were distinguished by the Orange County Medical Association as "2014 Physicians of Excellence." The annual program honors the region's outstanding physicians for their dedication to the profession and for their service to the community. Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI) Certification Program St. Jude Heritage Medical Group oncologists and hematologists at the St. Jude Virginia K. Crosson Cancer Center are among the first in the nation to be recognized by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI) Certification Program, an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). The QOPI Certification Program is an initiative to recognize oncology practices that meet rigorous standards for high-quality cancer care. (Certification is for 2014 - 2016) St. Jude Heritage Medical Group Ranked in Top Three in OC St. Jude Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group were recognized as two of the top three physician groups in Orange County. Twenty-one Orange County physician groups participated California's Patient Assessment Survey. Primary Stroke Center The Joint Commission designated St. Jude Medical Center as a Primary Stroke Center, a national recognition which honors those hospitals that meet its exacting standards for the treatment of stroke and make exceptional efforts to foster better patient outcomes. Outstanding Achievement Award St. Jude was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, an honor earned by only 5 percent of the nation's hospitals. (Award is for 2014 - 2016) Blue Distinction® Center Blue Cross and Blue Shield named St. Jude Medical Center a Blue Distinction Center for cardiac care, knee and hip replacement, and spine surgery. The honor recognizes hospitals that demonstrate expertise in providing quality care and is designed to help consumers identify which hospitals offer better outcomes (e.g., fewer medical complications, fewer readmissions and higher survival rates) in the delivery of specialty care. Blue Distinction® Center+ Blue Cross and Blue Shield named St. Jude Medical Center a Blue Distinction Center + for cardiac care. The honor recognizes hospitals that demonstrate the highest level of quality patient care and is designed to help consumers identify which hospitals offer better outcomes (e.g., fewer medical complications, fewer readmissions and higher survival rates) in the delivery of specialty care. Highest Rating Possible for Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery St. Jude received the highest rating possible for a hospital performing coronary artery bypass graft surgery, including open-heart and less invasive approaches, in a nationwide study using Society of Thoracic Surgeons data. Excellence in Orthopedics and Gastroenterology St. Jude was distinguished as a regional "high-performer" by 2014-2015 US News & World Report. Patient Safety Excellence Award Rated by an independent healthcare research organization, St. Jude was awarded the Patient Safety Excellence Award, as well as the Neurosciences, Orthopedic Surgery, and Stroke Care Excellence Awards. Top Patient Safety Award St. Jude received the top rating from a national independent research firm for high standards in patient safety and a commitment to clinical quality. Get With the Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award St. Jude Medical Center was again awarded the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With the Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award. The award recognizes St. Jude's success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.