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The mountain and northwestern states have some great opportunities for RNs. Below are some award-winning hospitals to consider.

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Thomson Healthcare's 100 Top Hospitals-2007. Thomson surveyed more than 3,000 hospitals and evaluated each according to eight criteria. Each was scored against other facilities that fell into similar categories. According to Modern Healthcare, recognized among teaching hospitals with 200 or more acute care beds were Rose Medical Center in Denver (which has spent three years on the list); Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado (six years on the list); and St. Luke's Boise Medical Center, in Boise, Idaho (five years on the list). Grouped among the large community hospitals with 250 or more acute care beds was Providence Everett Medical Center in Everett, Washington (four years on the list). Among the small community hospitals (those with 25 to 99 acute care beds) was Brigham City Community Hospital in Brigham City, Utah (three years on the list).


The Leapfrog Group was started by corporations and large employers interested in health care costs. The group surveyed almost 1,300 hospitals and evaluated them according to whether (as report by WebMD) they 1. have ICUs that are staffed by intensivists, 2. have computerized systems for entering physicians' orders, 3. perform certain procedures and care for certain high-risk neonates, and 4. have infection-control and error-reduction measures in place. Among the top 33 hospitals chosen was Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle.


US News and World Report, well known for its ranking of institutions, surveyed 5,462 medical centers, evaluating them according to 16 specialties. Eighteen facilities with the highest scores made its 2007 Honor Roll. University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle ranked number 11, with high marks in nine specialties.


Magnet Awards. As of April 2008, 22 facilities in the mountain states have received the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Magnet Award. Please see for each state.


Your Guide to Job Opportunities in the Mountain and Northwestern States

Banner Health


Contact: Banner Recruiter


Web site:


(866) 377-5627


Franciscan Health System


1717 S. J Street


Tacoma, WA 98405


Contact: Nurse Recruiters


(253) 426-6958


Fax: (253) 426-6941


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San Juan Regional Medical Center


801 W. Maple


Farmington, NM 87401


Contact: Pat Gross, Recruitment Specialist


(505) 609-6938


Fax: (505) 609-2425




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St. Luke's Health System


190 E. Bannock Street


Boise, ID 83712


(866) 554-1400


Fax: (208) 381-4649


Contact: Pamela Jordan, Nurse Recruiter




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St. Mary's Hospital


2635 North 7th Street


Grand Junction, CO 81501


Contact: Christy Pfost, Employment Manager


(970) 244-2811


Fax: (970) 244-7194


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Swedish Medical Center


1730 Minor Avenue, Ste. 400


Seattle, WA 98101


Contact: Paula Bartley, Recruitment Employment


(877) 562-7476




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The Valley Health System


H. R. Department


2075 E. Flamingo Road, #204


Las Vegas, NV 89119


Contact: Recruiter


(702) 369-7747


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Tucson Medical Center


5301 E. Grant Road


Tucson, AZ 85712


Contact: Wendy Hendrickson


(800) 526-5353, ext. 43684


Fax: (520) 324-5277




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University of New Mexico Hospitals


Human Resource Office


1650 University Blvd. NE


Albuquerque, NM 87102


Contact: Susie Huckabee


(505) 272-2325




Web site:; click "Careers"


Vail Valley Medical Center


181 W. Meadow Drive


Vail, CO 81657


Contact: Jaime Paulus, Nurse Recruiter


(970) 477-3100


Fax: (970) 569-7471




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