Accreditation is another indicator that can be used to judge quality.  Accreditation is a "seal of approval" given by a private, independent group.  Health care organizations---such as hospitals---must meet national standards, including clinical performance measures, in order to be accredited.  Excela Health is accredited by The Joint Commission.

Patients may contact Joint Commission directly.

Office of Quality Monitoring
The Joint Commission

One Renaissance Boulevard
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
Tel: 1-800-994-6610
Fax: 630-792-5636


Frick, Latrobe and Westmoreland Hospitals are accredited by:

  • The Joint Commission
  • The Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services 
  • The College of American Pathologist Laboratory Services

Frick, Latrobe and Westmoreland Hospitals are licensed by:

Patients may contact the Department of Health directly:

Acute and Ambulatory Care Services
Health and Welfare Building, Room 532
625 Forster Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120
Telephone: 1-800-254-5164

Our hospitals have been awarded the Silver Level Award from the Westmoreland County Department of Public Safety for emergency management planning and coordination.

Latrobe Hospital accredited as a:
     • Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.

Norwin Surgery Center at Excela Square, North Huntingdon, accredited as an:
     • Ambulatory Care Center by the Joint Commission



Clinical Care:

Get With The Guidelines
Frick, Latrobe and Westmoreland Hospitals have received American Heart/American Stroke Association's Get with the Guidelines - Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award. The awards recognize Excela Health'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.

Consumer Reports Ranking Among the Best
Excela Health's cardthoracic surgical program continues to rank among the nation's best as reported in  Consumer Reports in print and online at  The Excela Health physician practice of Cardio-Thoracic Surgical Associates continues its rankeing among the Top 10 Percent nationally, having received the highest rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS).  Known for its data-rich comparisons of products and services to help buyers make an informed choice, Consumer Reports partnered with STS to publish these ratings of heart surgery groups based on their performance in the area of heart bypass operations called coronary artey bypass grafting or CABG.

We're Blue
Excela Health has been named a "Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care" by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.  Hospitals who receive this distinction are selected after a rigorous evaluation is made of their clinical data, providing insight into the facility's structure, processes and outcomes of care.  These nationally established criteria were developed with input from medical experts and organizations and support the consistent, objective assessment of specialty care capabilities.

ACE - Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence
Excela Health becomes the first health care organization in Pennsylvania to hold accreditation for cardiac catheterization laboratory and our angioplasty/stenting program.  Excela Health has sought this recognition by the Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence (ACE), an organization dedicated to ensuring adherence to the highest quality standards for cardiovascular and endovascular care.  ACE is sponsored by the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions and the American College of Cardiology Foundation, the two leading professional cardiovascular organizations.  ACE is committed to helping facilities provide gold standard health care by measuring the organization's structure, internal processes, patient safety practices, and clinical outcomes against nationally accepted, best practice standards.  To date, only five health health care providers nationwide, including Excela Health, have earned the distinction, which is expected to become the Good Housekeeping Seal for medical centers that specialize in opening clogged practice heart arteries.

Quality Care For Heart Failure Patients
Excela Health has received a "Get With The Guidelines" Heart Failure Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association.  The recognition signifies that the health system has reached impressive benchmarks in the evidence-based treatment of heart failure patients.

Excela Health Received Silver Fine Award
As one of three honorees, Excela Health was recognized during the fifth annual Fine Awards for Teamwork Excellence in Health Care, sponsored by The Fine Foundation and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation.  The award was established to reinforce the critical role teamwork plays in health care.


Frick Hospital's Emergency Department has been recognized consistently over the last several years for sustaining excellence in patient satisfaction, while becoming a model and leader for the organization. Consistently ranking within the 90th percentile and above among like-size hospitals in patient satisfaction since 2005, the ED has been designated a Press Ganey Success Story Finalist (2006), Hospital Association of Pennsylvania Operational Excellence Award (2007) winner, and a Press Ganey Forum Best Practice Award (2007) recipient.


The obstetrics department at Westmoreland Hospital has been nationally recognized by a leading national health care ratings organization, setting the stage for continued excellence as maternity care  within Excela Health moves toward a Center of Excellence model.

The spine surgery program has also received national recognition and is now part of the Neuroscience Center.

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) named Excela Health's Bariatric Surgery Center a Center of Excellence©.  This designation recognizes surgical programs with a demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes in bariatric (weight loss) surgery.  Accreditation by the ASMBS Review Committee recognized Excela's commitment to the highest standards of care.

American College of Radiology Recognizes Breast Imaging Services
Excela Health has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR).  The designation was awarded to Excela Latrone and Westmoreland hospitals.  Experts conducted peer review evaluations and determined that Excela Health has achieved high practice standards.


Excela Health Frick Hospital is among the hospitals featured in the fifth annual "Top 200 Coding Hospitals" report prepared by Ingenix, a leading health information, technology and consulting company. The report ranks hospitals according to the completeness and accuracy of their medical coding practices used to bill Medicare for inpatient medical services. Frick is recognized among the top 50 Urban Non-Teaching Hospital category.

Excela Health Latrobe Hospital has been nationally recognized by a leading national health care ratings organization for excellence in patient safety. The rating reflects the quality of care provided by measuring how well the hospital prevents avoidable complications and adverse events of all surgical procedures performed at the hospital.

For the third consecutive year, Excela Health was named a Healthiest Employer for 2013 by the Pittsburgh Business Times, a local business and industry publication that partnered with Indianapolis-based Healthiest Employer LLC to find the healthiest workplaces in western Pennsylvania.