As a result of everyone’s efforts during the pandemic, we recognized all UHS facilities for the above and beyond approach to dealing with the challenges of 2020 at this year’s Hospital Management Conference. Every UHS facility received the 2020 UHS Service Excellence Award. Thank you for being resilient and rising to the unprecedented challenges and triumphing. With further recognition, this past May, we honored our 22,000+ Acute Care and Behavioral Health nurses during Nurses Week. Their expertise, contributions and positive impact during the pandemic and throughout have created a meaningful experience for patients, family and staff.
We are proud of the reputation we have earned as a leader in the healthcare industry and I am pleased to announce that UHS has once again been selected by Fortune as one of the “World’s Most Admired Companies.” For the 11th year in a row, we have received this honor, which is coveted by companies around the world. Additionally, we were honored to once again be ranked on the annual Fortune 500 list — this year at #270, and ranked at #307 on the Forbes Largest U.S.’ Public Companies list. These distinctions are collective achievements of which everyone in this company should be proud.
In this edition, I encourage you to read the articles about many of our initiatives and accomplishments. We are continuing on a solid growth trajectory with the proposed development of a new inpatient behavioral health hospital in West Michigan and a significant expansion and renovation plan at Southwest Healthcare System’s Inland Valley Medical Center Campus. A combined Employee Safety Council was recently created to analyze, coordinate and implement programs for promoting employee safety initiatives and processes designed to reduce patient/staff injury rates and other key safety initiatives across both divisions. And I’m proud of our new Behavioral Health Location Finder that launched in April, enabling individuals to navigate our network by searching for location, service line, demographics and other parameters.
On behalf of the UHS leadership team, thank you for continuing to provide high-quality care to our patients, and making a positive impact in the communities we serve.