2009 Recognition Covenant received the 2009 Exceeding Patient Satisfaction Award from Avatar International, for the most improved patient satisfaction out of 300+ hospitals nationwide. For the sixth year in a row, Covenant Health was named the Best Hospital in Lubbock in the 2009 Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Reader’s Choice Awards. Covenant Child Development Center was named the Best Child Care Center for the third year in a row. Covenant Health received the prestigious 2009 Texas Association of Partners in Education GOLD AWARD in the category of Community Partnerships – Health for "Operation Clean Hands", a program promoting hand hygiene to decrease absenteeism in schools. This award distinguishes Covenant Health System as a leader in developing innovative partnerships with schools. Covenant Health named one of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in Texas 2009 by Texas Monthly. Covenant ranked #33 on the list, and was one of only two Lubbock companies to receive this honor. Covenant Health named the winner of the 2009 Best of the West award. The honor was given to Covenant by KCBD News Channel 11. Covenant earned the most votes from the viewers and the award was presented for the best hospital in the region. CHS was recognized as a Gold Winner of the 26th Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards for the “It’s a Covenant” nursing newspaper advertising campaign. The CMG television campaign received a Merit Award. Recipient of the HealthGrades 2009/2010 Bariatric Surgery Specialty Excellence Award, which places Covenant in the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide for bariatric surgery. For the third year in a row, St. Joseph Health (SJHS), including Covenant Health, was recognized by the Gallup Organization with the Great Workplace Award for one of the best performing workforces in the world. The award is given to only 20 organizations across industries.