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Awards and Designations


Covenant Health works hard to provide our community with the best care available - the best not just in our region, but anywhere in the country. Because of this commitment, we have been honored with numerous awards and accreditations across virtually every service area.

In fact, National Research Corporation (NRC) named Covenant Medical Center as one of the top hospitals in the country every year from 2000-2011 - the only hospital in West Texas to receive the prestigious NRC Consumer Choice Award.

We continue to be named Best Hospital every year since 2006 by the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Reader's Choice Awards. Below, you'll find a few of our other accreditations. Check back often to keep up-to-date with our latest honors and achievements.

Bariatric Surgery

In 2011, HealthGrades named Covenant Medical Center among the top hospitals in the nation for bariatric surgery with a 5-star rating. HealthGrades found that bariatric surgery patients have a nearly 70 percent lower risk of experiencing an in-hospital complication at top-rated hospitals such as Covenant Medical Center compared to a poorly rated hospital.

Blood Bank

Covenant Blood Bank has earned accreditation by American Association of Blood Banks (AABB), an international association of individual members and institutions involved with blood transfusion and cellular therapies, including transplantation. AABB accreditation is the designation of choice for blood banking and demonstrates an organization's commitment to advanced learning, continuous improvement and innovation by striving to sustain the highest possible level of patient care.


Covenant Health's community-based Joe Arrington Cancer Research and Treatment Center (JACC) received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. JACC is one of only 40 facilities across the nation to receive this prestigious acknowledgment. The Outstanding Achievement Award is designed to recognize cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing comprehensive, quality care to cancer patients.

Covenant Arrington Comprehensive Breast Center was designated as the region's first breast center to be accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance.

Cardiac & Stroke

Covenant received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award in 2011 and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award in 2010. The award recognizes Covenant's commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.

In 2010, Covenant Health was the first in the region to earn the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers. That same year, Covenant Medical Center was the first and only in Lubbock to achieve Cycle III Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI.


Covenant Children's Hospital received several awards resulting from the 2005 Professional Research Consultants (PRC) physician survey. It received a grade of five stars in Nursing, four stars as a Place to Practice Medicine and four stars for Emergency Services. According to PRC's national database of hospitals, the rating its physicians gave Covenant Children's Hospital medical staff was among the highest of any hospital in the nation.


Covenant Health is a designated Major Adult Trauma Facility with Pediatric Commitment and is verified as a Level II Trauma Center. Covenant Children's Hospital's Pediatric Trauma Services program has been re-verified as a major pediatric designated trauma center by the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons. In 2003, Covenant Children's Hospital was recognized as the first verified Pediatric Level II Trauma Center in Texas. It also has been named as the third Level II Trauma Center in the country. Key elements of a Level II Trauma Center include 24-hour immediate coverage by general surgeons, as well as coverage by the specialties of orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, radiology and critical care.

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