Awards and Accreditation

Wake Forest Baptist Health - Wilkes Medical Center has received the following awards.

The Joint Commission Accreditation

Wilkes Medical Center is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. By demonstrating compliance with the Joint Commission’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety, Wilkes Medical Center has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for hospital accreditation for the next three years. The seal of accreditation is accepted nationwide as the highest standards of medical care in personnel, equipment and organization. Since the Joint Commission considers accreditation maintenance as an ongoing education activity for review, inspection and updating, you have the added assurance that Wilkes Medical Center will consistently give you the most modern medical care available.

The JCAHO's complaint hotline number for healthcare professional callers and general public callers is 1-800-994-6610.

For more information on The Joint Commission please visit their website at

Leapfrog Scores

Wilkes Medical Center was once again awarded an ‘A’ in the Fall 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing the medical center’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. 

The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization driven by employers and other purchasers of health care with a goal of improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers.

Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, Leapfrog uses measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades. Hospitals must report some of the data to the federal government and some is provided through voluntary responses to Leapfrog’s hospital surveys. Data from the American Hospital Association is also used.

Wilkes Chamber of Commerce 2020 Chairman's Award Winner

Wilkes Medical Center President, Chad Brown, FACHE, accepted the Chairman's award from the Wilkes Chamber of Commerce during a virtual awards ceremony on February 4, 2021. Watch a video.

CareScout Award

The Wilkes Medical Center Skilled Nursing Unit qualified for the CareScout’s top performer list after earning an “AAA” state rating and maintaining that rating for a four (4) year historical mark of consecutive “AAA” current state ratings. Of the 16,400 government certified nursing home facilities in the United States, only 151 have received this honor.

Women's Choice Award for Emergency Care                                                              

Wilkes Medical Center has been named a recipient of a 2017 Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s “Best Hospitals for Emergency Care.”

With 320 hospitals nationwide recognized for emergency care, the distinction places Wilkes Medical Center in the top 8 percent of the 3,725 emergency rooms that report data to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). 

Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™

Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence AwardHealthgrades recognizes Patient Safety Excellence Award™ recipients for their excellent performance in safeguarding patients from serious, potentially preventable complications during their hospital stay.

If you need to be admitted into a hospital, the last thing you would expect is to become unnecessarily sicker. Patient safety measures how well a hospital prevents injuries, infections, and other serious conditions based on 14 serious, potentially preventable adverse events. 

The Patient Safety Excellence Award recognizes hospitals that have the lowest occurrences of 14 preventable patient safety events. These hospitals are in the top 10% in the nation for patient safety.