Recent awards and recognitions

Hospital patient satisfaction

  • National Organization of State Office of Rural Health Performance Leadership Award for overall excellence in quality and patient perspective (2017)
  • Bigfork Valley was named a recipient for the 3rd year of the Women’s Choice America’s Best 100 Hospitals for Patient Experience award (2011-2014, 2016)
  • National Rural Health Association Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals for Patient Perspective (2012-2014, 2016)
  • The hospital received a front page feature in the Duluth News Tribune, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2013

Social Stewardship

  • In summer 2014, Bigfork Valley received the HealthTrust Social Stewardship award for its initiatives that reflect social and environmental responsibility.

Minnesota Hospital Association statewide awards

  • MHA Caregiver of the Year 2010: Nancy Probst, CNO
  • MHA Trustee of the Year 2009: Gail Blackmer, board chair
  • MHA Safe Site recognition 2009


  • Bigfork Valley awarded CALS designation for continuing emergency skills improvement through the Comprehensive Advanced Life Support curriculum, 2011; renewed 2016
  • Bigfork Valley designated as a level IV trauma facility, December 2012
  • Listed on the Star Tribune Top Workplaces list as a National Standard Setter 2015, 2016

Other awards

  • Healthcare Achievement Award for Financial and Operational Improvement within an Acute Care Critical Access Hospital-Amerinet
  • MN Department of Health (MDH) Antibiotic Stewardship Honor Roll recipient (2017)