Honors, Awards and Recognition for Outstanding Service

The Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service

In honor of its broad-based efforts to improve the lives of the most vulnerable members of its community, St. Joseph’s/Candler is the recipient of the 2012 Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service, one of the most esteemed community service honors in healthcare. 

Each year, this $100,000 prize is presented to a healthcare organization that provides innovative programs that significantly improve the health and well-being of its community. The Foster G. McGaw Prize is sponsored by The Baxter International Foundation, and the American Hospital Association (AHA) and Health Research & Educational Trust.

Read more about SJ/C accomplishments in outreach here.

Magnet Designation for Excellence in Nursing Service

In 2002, St. Joseph's/Candler was designated as a Magnet facility recognizing excellence in nursing services, becoming the only local health institution to achieve such status.

This recognition, awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, is a premier benchmark for excellence reflecting a health care organization's delivery of patient care and the contribution of nurses.

The award is reflective of the highest quality of professional nursing care, promotion and support of nursing development, and nursing leadership.

St. Joseph's/Candler has been redesignated as a Magnet facility three times since 2002 - a rare accomplishment of status that is shared with only 29 hospitals sites in the world.

The Leapfrog Group

The Leapfrog Group is an initiative driven by organizations that buy health care who are working to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of healthcare for Americans. St. Joseph’s Hospital earned “A” from the Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Score.

American Heart Association

Get with the Guidelines, an American Heart Association’s collaborative performance improvement program, demonstrated to improve adherence to evidence-based care of patients hospitalized with stroke. Candler and St. Joseph’s both Silver Plus for Stroke.

Georgia Hospital Association

Participation in Georgia Hospital Association, Partnership for Health Accountability, Moving Georgia to the Top Ten initiative, St. Joseph’s/Candler has achieved “Top Ten” status by being in the Joint commission 90th percentile for AMI, Heart Failure, and Pneumonia appropriate care measures.

Other Recent Awards and Recognitions


  • SJ/C is the only hospital in GA to be named to Global Healthcare Exchange’s Best 50 list for hospitals that reduce costs through supply chain automation
  • Sister Margaret Beatty receives Lifetime Achievement Award from 100 Black Men of Savannah, Inc. 
  • SJ/C receives $35,000 grant from It’s The Journey, Inc., for dedication to providing mammography and breast care services
  • SJ/C honored for its Low Country commitment by a South Carolina legislature resolution
  • St. Joseph’s Hospital is first in region to receive full accreditation as Chest Pain Center from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC).
  • St. Joseph’s Electrophysiology Lab in The Heart Hospital receives Healthy Hospital Silver Award from Stryker Sustainability Solutions.


  • St. Joseph’s/Candler wins several of the Georgia Medical Society’s Health Care Hero Awards: Smart Health Express Kiosk in Health Care Innovations; Project SEARCH in Health Care Education; Dr. Eduard Docu, Medical Director of St. Mary’s Health Center, in Community Outreach; both the Southeast GA Clinical Campus of GHSU-MCG and the Telfair Directresses were awarded in the Institution/Organzition category.
  • SJ/C named 2012 Large Hospital of the Year by the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals
  • The Brunswick Division of St. Joseph’s/Candler’s Home Healthcare is ranked among the top 25 percent of all agencies in the U.S. by HomeCare Elite.
  • Candler Hospital designated as Primary Stroke Center by the the Office of EMS/Trauma in the GA Department of Public Health
  • The Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion earns two-year extension of NCCCP program


  • Sister Pat, Director of SJ/C’s St. Mary’s Community Center and Health Center, is one of ten people in 2011 to receive a Hospital Hero Award from the Georgia Hospital Association.
  • SJ/C named a Top Performing Hospital in 2011 by the QUEST Collaborative. 
  • St. Joseph’s/Candler wins several of the Georgia Medical Society’s Health Care Hero Awards: St. Joseph’s Hospital Auxiliary and Candler Hospital Auxiliary in Health Care Education; St. Joseph’s/Candler Leukemia Cup Regatta, St. Joseph’s School of Nursing, and the Candler School of Nursing each won for Institution/Organization; John Ashley, Manager of Information Services, was one of the award winners in Allied Health Professionals.
  • The Brunswick Division of St. Joseph’s/Candler’s Home Healthcare is ranked among the top 25 percent of all agencies in the U.S. by HomeCare Elite.
  • The Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion is one of eleven breast centers in Georgia awarded a three-year accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.
  • Bob Bryant of the Georgia House of Representatives drafts an official State Representative resolution recognizing the exceptional care he received as a patient at St. Joseph’s/Candler.
  • St. Joseph’s/Candler receives 2011 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s (AHA) Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award. 
  • The Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion is awarded an $81,400 grant from the American Cancer Society to help break down the barriers that keep some women in the community from receiving a mammogram.
  • The Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion wins a grant from Lance Armstrong’s Livestrong foundation to establish a program called Cancer Transitions: Moving Beyond Treatment.
  • The Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion is recognized by SWOG (formerly the Southwest Oncology Group) as one of its top 10 affiliate sites in the country for placing patients in clinical trials.
  • St. Joseph’s/Candler’s Movement Disorders Program is designated as a National Parkinson Foundation Care Center, one of only thirteen in the country and the only one in Georgia.
  • St. Joseph's/Candler’s Diabetes Management program is awarded the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) Education Recognition Certificate, which recognizes high quality diabetes self-management education programs.
  • St. Joseph's Hospital Campus: 11705 Mercy Blvd., Savannah, GA 31419, (p) 912-819-4100
  • Candler Hospital Campus: 5353 Reynolds St., Savannah, GA 31405, (p) 912-819-6000
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