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Awards & Accreditations

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Joint Commission Accreditation

Memorial Hospital is accredited (given a stamp of approval) every 18-39 months through an unannounced survey or inspection process conducted by the Joint Commission.

The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization which accredits and certifies more than 17,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to meeting certain performance standards.

Their mission is to continuously improve healthcare for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating healthcare organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value.

Memorial Hospital is now officially Designated a Baby-Friendly® Hospital!

Based on the results of data collected during the on-site assessment survey, and completion of a Corrective Action Project it has been determined that Memorial has implemented the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding and is compliant with the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes. Achievement of the Baby-Friendly Designation is not an easy task. The U.S. Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria are based on the Global Criteria for the WHO/UNICEF Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI). These Criteria are designed to set the standards for the best possible breastfeeding support for mother and infant in the maternity setting.

U.S. News & World Report Recognizes Memorial as Best Regional Hospital for Coastal Mississippi

Memorial has been recognized as Best Regional Hospital for Coastal Mississippi, as well as High Performing in abdominal aortic aneurism repair, heart failure, COPD and knee replacement for 2019-20 by U.S. News & World Report. This report is designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for challenging health conditions or for common elective procedures. Hospitals that earned a high performing rating were significantly better than the national average. Congratulations to our medical and nursing staff for achieving such high marks and providing high quality care to our community!

Memorial was voted Best Hospital by the Sun Herald People’s Choice Awards 2019!

For six years in a row, Memorial has been recognized by our community. Residents nominated businesses along the Coast, then voted online to choose in each category.

Allison Wall, MD, Medical Oncologist, and Bryant McCrary, MD, Pediatrician, were recognized in the Best Physician category. Memorial was also recognized in the Best Orthopedic Group category and Bruni Pediatric Clinic was recognized in the Best Pediatric Clinic category.

Memorial receives continuing medical education accreditation

Memorial has been reviewed by the Mississippi Medical Association and awarded accreditation for four years as a provider of continuing medical education (CME) for physicians. Accreditation in the ACCME System seeks to assure the medical community and the public that Memorial Hospital at Gulfport delivers education that is relevant to clinicians’ needs, evidence-based, evaluated for its effectiveness, and independent of commercial influence.

Memorial Hospital at Gulfport Achieves Healthgrades 2019 Outstanding Patient Experience Award

Memorial Hospital at Gulfport has achieved the Healthgrades 2019 Outstanding Patient Experience Award and two 5-Star Ratings in 2019 for Total Hip Replacement and Carotid Procedures. The Patient Experience Award recognizes Memorial as being among the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide for patient experience, according to Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals.

U.S. News & World Report Recognizes Memorial Hospital at Gulfport as High Performing

Memorial Hospital at Gulfport has been recognized as High Performing in Heart Failure for 2018-19 by U.S. News & World Report. This report is designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for challenging health conditions or for common elective procedures.

A hospital's heart failure score is based on multiple data categories, including patient survival, volume, and more. Hospitals received one of three ratings -- high performing, average or below average. Hospitals that earned a high performing rating were significantly better than the national average.

Memorial Hospital Awarded Mission: Lifeline Bronze STEMI Achievement

Memorial Hospital at Gulfport has received the Mission: Lifeline® Bronze Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association (AHA) for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks. The Bronze award signifies one calendar Quarter of compliance with Mission: Lifeline recognition criteria.

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) - the deadliest type of heart attack - caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication. The AHA’s Mission: Lifeline program’s goal is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 9-1-1 call and continuing through hospital treatment.

The award achieved is based upon participation and achievements in the Mission: Lifeline program for data submitted through the 2016 calendar year. This accomplishment signifies a commitment to guideline adherence and quality improvement for the STEMI patient population.

Memorial Hospital, Roy Anderson Corp Win Awards for Main Tower Project

In March 2017, American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) presented the Vista Award for Renovation to Memorial Hospital for the Tower Expansion under the Renovation award category. Members of the hospital clinical staff and the construction team set out to create a watertight seal and upgrade patient rooms to meet the latest regulatory standards. They successfully completed the project while maintaining the hospital’s functions as an acute care facility. To ensure patients were undisturbed by the project, members of the hospital staff, design team members, consultants, and other parties met regularly over a two-and-a-half-year period to review mock-ups of key spaces and to decide how to alleviate construction concerns. The project created two new floors with modern patient rooms nearly double the size of the older patient rooms. A NICU project was also constructed concurrently and added five modern rooms to another tower on campus. The projects were completed ahead of schedule and $2.5 million under budget. Representatives received the award on March 13, 2017, during the International Summit & Exhibition on Health Facility Planning, Design & Construction (PDC Summit) in Orlando, Florida.

In December 2016, Roy Anderson Corp and Memorial Hospital at Gulfport were awarded a Mississippi Associated Builders and Contractors (MABC) Merit Award and a Build Mississippi Award by the Associated General Contractors of Mississippi (AGC) for the Main Patient Tower Project. The renovation and expansion included two new floors and larger, more modern patient rooms. The project also included a new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) providing 23 beds in 11 semi-private rooms.

Roy Anderson Corp’s work on Memorial Main Patient Tower Renovation/Addition has earned a National Excellence in Construction® Pyramid Award from Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) in the Healthcare $25-$100 million category. Representatives received the award on March 1, 2017, during ABC’s 27th annual Excellence in Construction® Awards celebration at Workforce Week ‘17 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

American College of Radiology Accredits Memorial in CT, MRI, Mammography and Stereotactic Breast Biopsy

Diagnostic Imaging Services has been accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) for many years for Digital Mammography and Stereotactic Breast Biopsy.  In recent weeks, Memorial has now achieved Gold Standard Accreditation for both Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Computed Tomography (CT).

The American College of Radiology (ACR) has accredited Memorial as a safe and effective facility. For more than three quarters of a century, ACR has thoroughly reviewed and assessed healthcare centers, personnel, and equipment to ensure a low risk of radiation and to prevent overtreatment.

Memorial Hospital and Physician Clinics Labs Accredited by the College of American Pathologists

Four Memorial labs have received accreditation from the College of American Pathologists. There are four different CAP accredited labs within Memorial. The main laboratory in the hospital; our Oncology lab in the Medical Office Building; the blood, gas, or respiratory care lab within the hospital; and the laboratory at Biloxi-Cedar Lake where the infusion clinic is located. The College of American Pathologists (CAP), is a medical society that serves more than 18,000 physician members and the global laboratory community. It is the world's largest association composed exclusively of board-certified pathologists and is the worldwide leader in laboratory quality assurance. The College advocates accountable, high-quality, and cost-effective patient care. More information about the CAP can be found at

May 2018

Memorial Hospital Receives Get with The Guidelines - Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Awar

Memorial Hospital at Gulfport has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get with The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

Memorial Hospital earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.

“Memorial is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by continuing to implement the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative,” said Lee Voulters, MD, Memorial Hospital Neurologist. “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”

Memorial Hospital additionally received the association’s Target: StrokeSM Elite Plus award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.

December 2017

American Diabetes Association awarded Education Recognition to the Memorial Diabetes Self-Management Program from Dec. 1, 2017, through Dec. 1, 2021. The Memorial Diabetes Care program has been in existence since 1990. It was originally awarded Education Recognition in 2003 and continues to offer quality diabetes education to the Coast community.

November 2016

Memorial Hospital First Choice Among Consumers 10 Years in a Row

For the 10th consecutive year, National Research Corporation (NRC) has recognized Memorial Hospital at Gulfport among the nation’s top hospitals as a 2016/17 Consumer Choice Award winner. NRC has honored hospitals whose healthcare consumers have rated as having the best quality and image nationally. Memorial was selected as having the highest quality, best image/reputation, best doctors, and best nurses.

Winners are determined by consumer perceptions on multiple quality and image ratings. From the households surveyed, hospitals named by consumers are analyzed and ranked based on their Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSAs) as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, with the winning facilities being ranked the highest. NRC is recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the largest patient satisfaction firms in the U.S.

March 2016

Memorial Hospital at Gulfport recognized for Information Technology advances

Memorial Hospital at Gulfport has achieved Stage 6 recognition on the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model℠ (EMRAM) by Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Analytics. HIMSS is a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information. The main hospital achieved this stage in July 2015 and the Physician Clinics in March 2016.

HIMSS evaluates the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals by tracking their progress in completing eight stages (0-7).

Stage 6 hospitals

  • Have strategic alignments with their medical staff to effectively utilize information technology to improve patient safety.
  • Have a significant advantage over competitors for patient safety, clinician support, clinician recruitment and engaging their patients. 
  • Have more fully automated/paperless medical records.
  • Have made investments that recognize the strategic value of improving patient care. 
  • Are able to use data for care delivery process improvements.
  • Are positioned to successfully address many of the current reform challenges, such as meaningful use criteria in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, claims attachments for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, pay for performance and government quality reporting programs in the Affordable Care Act.

July 2015

Memorial Hospital and doctor honored in Sun Herald People's Choice Awards

For the second year in a row, Memorial was voted Favorite Hospital and Dr. David Reeves, Memorial Pediatrician, was voted Favorite Physician 2015 by the Sun Herald People's Choice Awards 2015.

In 2014, Dr. David LaRosa, Memorial Internist, and Dr. Bryant McCrary, Memorial Pediatrician, were voted as two of the Coast's favorite physicians. Businesses were nominated by residents along the Coast and then voted on as their favorites in each category.

August 2014

U.S. News & World Report Names Memorial Hospital at Gulfport still a Best Hospital

Gulfport, MS -- Memorial Hospital at Gulfport ranked as best hospital in the Coastal Region of Mississippi for 2014-15 in the annual ranking of hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. The magazine’s Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 25th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging cases.

Memorial was cited as high performing in Diabetes & Endocrinology; Nephrology; and Neurology & Neurosurgery. High performers provide care at levels in the top 25 percent in regional or state markets, according to U.S. News' ranking system. Just 12 percent of the nearly 5,000 hospitals that were analyzed for best hospitals in 2014-2015 earned a regional ranking in even one specialty; even fewer hospitals received high performing rankings in three specialties.

April 2014

Memorial Hospital Receives Get With the Guidelines - Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and Recognized as a recipient of the association's Target: Stroke Honor Roll, for improving stroke care. Memorial has maintained Gold Plus status for Get With the Guidelines® since 2010.

March 2014

Memorial NICU Wins First Place for Best Practices

Memorial Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) was named as the first place winner by Medela for its breast milk programs which help to improve infant health. By facilitating and increasing human milk consumption in the NICU, Medela, a women and infant health company, recognizes breast milk programs nationwide for best practices. Memorial Hospital will receive Medela NICU products valued at $10,000.

December 2013

American Diabetes Association awarded Education Recognition to the Memorial Diabetes Self-Management Program from Dec. 1, 2013, through Dec. 1, 2017. The Memorial Diabetes Care program has been in existence since 1990. It was originally awarded Education Recognition in 2003 and continues to offer quality diabetes education to the Coast community.

October 2013

Memorial Hospital Receives Get With the Guidelines - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and Recognized as a recipient of the association's Target: Stroke Honor Roll, for improving stroke care.

September 2013

For the seventh consecutive year, National Research Corporation (NRC) has recognized Memorial Hospital at Gulfport among the nation's top hospitals as a 2013 / 2014 Consumer Choice Award winner.

August 2013

Memorial Hospital at Gulfport Recognized Nationally as First in Mississippi

Memorial Hospital at Gulfport ranked as the best hospital in Mississippi, according to U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News released its 24th annual Best Hospitals rankings, recognizing hospitals that excel in treating patients who need an especially high level of care. Memorial was ranked #1 of the 116 hospitals that serve the residents of Mississippi. U.S. News also listed Memorial among top hospitals in the nation for Diabetes and Endocrinology care. It was the only hospital in Mississippi to receive national recognition in any of the 16 medical specialties studied by U.S. News. Memorial ranked 42nd nationally in this category, which measures Diabetes and Endocrinology patients' survival, safety and volume, as well as nurse staffing. Only 147 hospitals in the U.S. received a national ranking for any of the medical specialties that were measured.